Workshops offer artists insight into the realm of copyright

The West Kootenay Regional Arts Council is holding a couple of workshops of interest to arts and heritage non-profits and for all creators of art.
The first workshop, offered in Nelson on the evening of September 17, will provide visual and media artists, composers, writers, performing artists, and photographers with a comprehensive examination of copyright law. Delivered by lawyer and copyright expert Martha Rans, who has been working with the non-profit sector for 25 years, this workshop will last two hours.
“With the massive amount of media being easily shared digitally, how do we know what’s fair to use or what others can use of ours?” the council asked in a statement. “Recent court cases with Canadian artists emphasize the importance of understanding copyright.”
The second workshop, also led by Rans, is called Boot Camp for Non-Profits and is a one-day program designed for senior leadership and board members in the non-profit and charitable sector with a focus on arts and heritage organizations. This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge and capacity to identify, plan for and respond to legal issues that can arise in the managing of a non-profit and will include recent changes to the Society Act in BC, and how this will impact non-profits. Topics will also include: governance and accountability, human resources, privacy, risk management. This workshop is one full day in length and will be offered in Nelson on September 18 and in Trail on September 19.
The statement said Rans was a community development worker and board member who, upon her call to the bar in 1993, became a legal advisor to many non-profits, charities and co-ops. She developed the successful, Legal Pitfalls for Non Profits workshop and has been recognized for her expertise as an invited participant to sector meetings on changes to BC’s Society Act. As part of the National CBA Non-Profit and Charities subsection she reviewed proposed draft guidance to arts charities.
Registration will open in mid-August and space is limited. For more information visit, or contact the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council at 250-352-2421; toll free: 1-800-850-2787.
These workshops are presented by the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council in partnership with the Trail and District Arts Council and Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College. Generously supported by the Columbia Basin Trust and the Province of British Columbia.