Re-Opening Plan Guidance

Re-Opening Plan Guidance

As arts organizations begin to re-open or to develop plans to resume operations, the Missouri ArtSafe program is helping our sector protect the health and safety of our employees, affiliated artists and crews, volunteers, students, and audiences. The program, developed by the Missouri Arts Council in cooperation with cultural partners across the state, includes this frontline staff training video. Another…

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Rethinking The Museum “Public”

Rethinking the Museum “Public”

By Elaine Kim Washington University Candidate for Bachelor of Arts 2021 In the history of visual arts, museums have played a fundamental role in validating artists and artistic movements. While in recent years artists have utilized the Internet and social media to gain exposure and popularity, there is no denying that the art world remains dominated by an elite community…

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How To File A DMCA Takedown Notice…and Fight It Back Against One

How to File a DMCA Takedown Notice…and Fight it Back Against One

By Nan Shen Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 Copyright rights exist once an original work of authorship has been fixed in any tangible medium. For the majority of original works, the creative standard can be easily satisfied. For example, once a person uploads a photo, it’s automatically copyrighted, and another’s unauthorized “borrowing” and reposting of…

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Briefly Stated 7.24.20

Briefly Stated 7.24.20

SAFE RE-OPENING CERTIFICATION The Missouri Arts Council, in collaboration with a statewide coalition of cultural organizations, is getting ready to launch its Missouri ArtSafe Certification. Arts organizations will be certified by pledging and adhering to a core level of safe practices. You can learn about this re-opening program on July 29 at 3:30 PM. Register for the webinar BLACK LIVES…

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We Need To Talk About Unauthorized Trademark Use

We need to talk about unauthorized trademark use

By Lucy Soyinka Washington University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 A trademark is legally defined as any word, name, symbol, phrase, or any combination thereof used to identify a particular manufacturer or seller’s products and distinguish them from the products of another. Basically, a trademark protects brand names and logos used in connection with goods and services by…

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Briefly Stated 7.17.20

Briefly Stated 7.17.20

LUMINARY MAKES SECOND ROUND OF $1,000 GRANTS The Luminary, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, has completed the second and final round of its Futures Fund: Emergency Relief for Artists grants. The following artists received unrestricted grants of $1,000: Eugenia Alexander, Brandon Bandy, Macarena Bieg, Jeanie Bryan, Tiara Burtin, Michael Chang, Sofia (Pia Rene) Consuegra, Vaughn…

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What Is A Force Majeure Clause?

What is a Force Majeure Clause?

No Worries, We Got You Covered! By Nan Shen Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 The coronavirus pandemic significantly affects every individual, family, and business. Needless to say, this disaster has also influenced many existing contracts either by delays or cancellations, including significant agreements requiring traveling and performing. The pandemic has also stifled numerous transactions, and…

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Briefly Stated 7.10.20

Briefly Stated 7.10.20

STREET PERFORMERS STILL IN COURT University City and two street performers who have been harassed while performing in the Delmar Loop are no closer to resolving their legal dispute. In April, Washington University Law School’s First Amendment Clinic and the ACLU of Missouri filed a lawsuit on behalf of musicians Raven Wolf Jennings and Raymond Douglas. On June 23, U…

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To Rep. Clay Re: Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Bill

To Rep. Clay re: Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Bill

Dear Rep. Clay: Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Judy Chu are recruiting Democrats in the House to be cosponsors of the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act. I’m writing to encourage you to sign on. The proposed legislation would ensure that thousands of St. Louis creatives, who normally cobble their incomes together through a mix of traditional W-2 jobs and…

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