It’s been a while since we had a legal expert on the line – I hope you were able to dial in and learn lots!  Attorney Kyle-Beth Hilfer has lots of experience in art licensing and general intellectual property law – of course her answers are not to be construed as legal counsel just food for thought. (Disclaimers are very important! If you have a specific issue, contact her or the attorney of your choice!)

What we covered on the call…

• How to find and how to handle copyright infringements online
• Do manufacturers shy away from artists with an attorney and contracts?
• From a legal standpoint, how close is too close to another person’s work?
• Can I use purchased products in art and then license it? (rubber stamps, doilies, papers, etc)
• Which is more important trademark or copyright?
• How much should you allow licensees to manipulate your artwork and who should own the new versions of the work?
• What are your thoughts on exclusive license agreements?
• What can artist do to provide the most protection to his/her art?

Since this is Ms. Hilfer’s first call – the MP3 Audio replay is available for free! If you have signed up for a call before, you should have received an email with the direct link to the audio.  If you haven’t, simply fill out the form below to get your copy –

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Learn more from Kyle-Beth Hilfer at SURTEX!

She will be teaching “Understanding Legal Basics-Contracts and Copyrights” as part of the SURTEX conference series on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2pm.  If you are exhibiting you get 2 free conference passes – maybe this should be one of them. 🙂  Learn more about the classes at

What’s Up Next…

Maria Brophy and I (Tara Reed) will be co-hosting the next Art Licensing Info Ask Call on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.  You can submit your questions at any time at

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

P.S.  If you are new to these calls did you know there are more than a dozen replays you can get for free?  Go to and see all the experts who have shared their art licensing wisdom.