Paul Rapp

Paul Rapp is going to hold a lecture series at Firlefanz on Copyright as applied to the arts.

The schedule is as follows:

June 7
Basic Copyright Law for Artists

July 19
Copyright, Infringement, and Fair Use in Visual, Multimedia, Appropriation, and Internet-Based Art

August 9
Copyright, Royalties, and Publishing for Musicians

From Paul's site:

Since 1989, Paul Rapp has represented and advised businesses, organizations and individuals in the creative sphere.

Information, including text, images, sounds, and ideas, increasingly has become the currency of modern society. More than ever, those who create, own, and maintain such information need to protect and preserve their assets.

In addition to an extensive knowledge of general principles of law, Paul Rapp provides expertise in the areas of law that are implicated by creative and expressive endeavors, including the following areas:

* Copyright law
* Trademark law
* Business formation
* Licensing and transactions
* Unfair trade practices
* Computer law
* Internet law
* Media law
* First Amendment law
* Commercial law

Paul Rapp has represented artists of every type, civic organizations, small businesses, and multinational corporations. Paul is a seasoned litigator, having represented various clients in state and federal courts in matters including copyright, trademark, the Visual Artists Rights Act, cybersquatting, defamation, civil rights, breach of contract, and commercial collections.

Since 1999, Paul has held the position of adjunct professor of law at Albany Law School, teaching Art & Entertainment Law and Copyright Law.

Paul is a member of the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG), and regularly appears on behalf of GAG as a member of The Copyright Forum on the WAMC-FM program VoxPop, answering listener questions regarding the protection of creative works.

Paul lectures regularly on intellectual property issues, and in 2003 and 2004 was a featured speaker at the Visual Art and the Law conference in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Paul writes regular columns for the art magazine The Artful Mind and for Voices, the Journal of the New York Folklore Society. Paul is also a music and opera reviewer for Metroland Magazine.

Paul is a professional musician, playing drums for the rock band Blotto.