What you need to sell your arts and crafts online: Protecting your business: Intellectual Property and the Indian Arts and Crafts Act

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Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian visual artists and craftspeople face unique challenges with the shift to online sales and continued limits on attendance at local arts and crafts fairs. 

This session will focus on protecting your business through use of intellectual property rights and the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. It will include:

  • Coverage of the newly-established Copyright Claims Board and the benefits it provides to small-business visual artists.
  • Presentations by representatives from several online platforms who will assist participants in understanding what steps can be taken in the event of infringement and cultural appropriation.

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    This program is the eighth in a series of monthly webinars held the second Thursday of each month through December 2022. The series is organized by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board and the nonprofit Indian Dispute Resolution Services, founder of The Acorn Project for Native American small businesses.

    All programs are recorded and made available for viewing online after the program date. There is no charge to attend, and you may register for any of the webinars as they are announced. For a complete list of upcoming dates visit the series page.

    Additional information

    For more information or to request an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Hollis Robinson in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA).

    This virtual program is hosted by the USPTO’s Global Intellectual Property Academy, which is managed by OPIA. OPIA advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international intellectual property (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.

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    This event is part of a series: E-commerce for Native American artists