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Fair Use & Friction: Fan Art, Remix, Appropriation & the Law

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, 112 E 22nd St #10, San Pedro, CA 90731


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Fair Use & Friction: Fan Art, Remix, Appropriation & the Law

with Jack Lerner, Esq.

ProgramThe digital age has changed how we create and experience culture in fundamental ways, and the implications for creators are staggering. We use copyrighted content to express ourselves now more than ever before, with memes, remixes, reposts, and emojis—and fan art, remixes, and appropriation art have exploded. Copyright law has not kept up, leading to lots of uncertainty for creators and users alike. When is a remix fair use, and when is it a ripoff? What about fan art and fan fiction? And how can Richard Prince’s antics be legal? And the question remains, what are your options if someone posts your work online? Join renowned expert on copyright and fair use, Professor Jack Lerner of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, to explore these questions and more, as he walks us through the key controversies and legal principles that artists, fan artists, remixers, vidders, and filmmakers need to understand. 

Presenter:  Jack Lerner, Esq., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and Director of the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic. Professor Lerner received a B.A., with distinction, in English from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Judge Fred I. Parker on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge G. Thomas Van Bebber in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Before joining UCI Law, Professor Lerner spent nearly ten years teaching at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Berkeley. He also practiced intellectual property law with the Palo Alto, Calif., firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. and was a research fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. 

Professor Lerner is a nationally known expert on fair use, particularly as it pertains to documentary filmmaking, journalism, and art.  In the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic, law students under his direction work to support innovation and creative expression in the digital age through a range of counseling, research, and advocacy services. Professor Lerner also served on the Legal Advisory Board for two landmark codes of best practices in fair use: the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication and the Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association and is a former Trustee of the Los Angeles Copyright Society.  

ParkingAt the intersection of Miner and 22nd Street, turn right. Go about 500 feet and the driveway to CRAFTED is on your right, directly before the 22nd Street park. Free parking is available.

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