Copyright and the visual arts: Current issues


Webinar: Copyright and the visual arts image of paint brushes and paint strokes.

In the wake of the global pandemic, individual artists and small arts organizations are struggling to maintain their previous program schedules and income streams. This virtual program highlighted how a better understanding of copyright challenges and opportunities can help visual artists, galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and arts organizations find their path to a post-COVID recovery.

The program featured presentations by copyright attorneys from the United States Copyright Office and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, who covered the following topics: 

  • copyright fundamentals
  • current copyright issues that affect arts organizations
  • fair use doctrine and moral rights in the United States
  • steps artists and arts organizations can take to protect their intellectual property.

Question-and-answer sessions followed each presentation.

Presenters included:

Emily Lanza, counsel for policy and international affairs, U.S. Copyright Office
Molly Stech, attorney-advisor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Katie Wagner, executive director, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts


Watch a recording of this event here.

Additional information

For more information about the program, contact Nadine Herbert in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs.

This virtual program was hosted by the USPTO’s Global Intellectual Property Academy, a unit of the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA). OPIA advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international IP legal and policy issues. It also provides technical assistance and training on IP-related matters to U.S. stakeholders and both U.S. and foreign government officials.