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Using Images of Others in Your Creative Work



There are so-called “rights of privacy” and a “right of publicity” which may govern the "commercial" use of images of people, including celebrities, in your work. A new law is about to become effective in New York State, which for the first time establishes a right of publicity for certain deceased individuals, prohibits the use of digital replicas of certain deceased performers, and also restricts the distribution of "deepfakes" of nonconsenting individuals. Learn the basics of these laws and of the new law in this webinar.

This free workshop is geared toward individual artists across all disciplines. We will go over: 


Judith Bass, Law Offices of Judith B. Bass, New York, NY

Carol Steinberg, Faculty, School of Visual Arts; Attorney in New York City and East End of Long Island; and 

Location: Zoom Webinar Platform

Questions: learning@nyfa.org

The online workshops will be recorded and shared with all previously registered participants after the session concludes. It will be available for viewing up to one month after the workshop date. 

This legal webinar is a guide and is for general informational purposes only; it does not provide any specific legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship.

Presenters bios:

Judith B. Bass is a media and entertainment attorney who concentrates on television and film production and distribution deals, option agreements, author publisher deals, talent representation, rights licensing, book and magazine publishing, digital media, children’s television and animation, licensing and merchandising, and intellectual property matters. She currently has her own practice dedicated to addressing the needs of companies and individuals in the creative community. She was previously a business and legal affairs executive at CBS, Marvel Enterprises and Sports Illustrated/Sports Illustrated For Kids.   She is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section (EASL), co-chair of EASL’s Committee on Literary Works and Related Rights, and a member of the NYSBA Media Law Committee. She also served as Chair of the Entertainment Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.  Her article entitled “New York’s New Right to Publicity Law: Protecting Performers and Producers” was recently published in the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal 2021 vol. 32 no. 1 as well as in the New York State Bar Association Journal, May/June Issue, both published by the New York State Bar Association.

Carol J. Steinberg has practiced art, copyright, and entertainment law in New York City and on the East End of Long Island for over twenty years. She is a Member of the Faculty of the School of Visual Arts, where she teaches courses on artists' rights. Carol is a co-chair of the Fine Arts Committee of the State Bar's Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section and a member of the City Bar's Art Law Committee, where she chaired the sub-committee on Artists' Rights. She is also a member of the East Hampton Arts Council, the Fine Arts Federation, and ALAI (international artists' rights organization founded by Victor Hugo).www.carolsteinbergesq.com.

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Image Detail: Dave Hardy (Fellow in Crafts/Sculpture '17); "Destiny;" 2014; glass, cement, polyurethane foam, tint, tape, pen, marker, glue stick, and pretzel