Tomorrow – Thursday, April 3, 2014 – is the last day to get this great Ask Call replay for the discounted price of $20.  (Of course it will be well-worth the regular price of $30 but if you are here now, why not save $10?)

Attorney Kyle-Beth Hilfer gave us great insights into the legal issues of art licensing, copyrights, trademarks and more and as one artist emailed me, “I really appreciated this conversation. Alway like how you make things real and bring down to ground level all of the content. Nothing too lofty this time for me!”  (To NOT be lofty when talking about legal issues is a huge WIN in my book!)

Attorney Kyle-Beth Hilfer talks about art licensingHere is what we covered on the call:

  • The importance of “why” and how that might relate to various questions I’ve seen online about licensing negotiations and royalty audits.
  • Can an artist learn to do their own contracts and where do they get their first contract?
  • When registering copyrights, what is considered “published work”?
  • Do you have to copyright every color way of the same pattern?
  • Does the number of images in a copyright registration affect compensation if there is an infringement?
  • What is involved in registering a trademark and how long does it take?
  • Can you use other’s art (cartoons for example, Batman, Minions, etc) if you are only doing individual pieces of art for sale and not mass producing or is that a copyright infringement?
  • What is the difference between a brand and a property?
  • Will allowing non-profits to use art for t-shirts affect other licensing deals?
  • Is it illegal to use images of celebrities in your work for licensing?


Where to find Kyle-Beth Hilfer

Learn more about Ms. Hilfer at,
or follow her on Twitter @kbhilferlaw
or Linkedin at

Note: Attorney Advertising. This call will provide resource information and is not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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