Be Smart About Art

Copyright Schmopyright... What do artists and art dealers really need to understand about intellectual property? With Anthony Misquitta + Susan J Mumford

Talk with Q + A for art world professionals

Date: May 16, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - May 16, 2018, 9 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: Cass Art Islington | 66-67 Colebrook Row | London N1 8AB

Tube: Nearest underground station is Angel. Nearest step free underground station is Highbury and Islington.

Buses: Aplenty! Nearest bus stop Packington Station, Islington Green.

ACCESS: This venue is wheelchair accessible with step-free access from side entrance on street. The event will take place on the 1st floor and a lift is available. Be aware there is little turning room in the lift. Please call ahead if you use a motorised wheelchair or think this might cause difficulty. Accessible toilets are on ground floor. Please see Tube and Buses information for transport access.

Speakers: Susan J Mumford

Price: £5-£15

In recent years, the development of digital media and computer network technologies has provoked fierce discussion on copyright law.

How clear are you on your intellectual property rights? Does the very word leave you feeling a) empowered and totally in control, b) indifferent c) uncertain or d) out of your depth and a bit of a hot mess?

Never fear, our monthly talk series at Cass Art in May will provide insight to help you understand your rights, not to mention how to better protect your original creations (or those of someone you represent). Intellectual Property lawyer Anthony Misquitta is an entertaining and charismatic speaker who will use real world examples to aid your understanding. You will leave the talk enlightened and having had a blast - seriously!

The talk will answer the following questions and much more:

  • What is copyright, how do you get it and how long does it last?
  • How is copyright used by artists and independent galleries / dealers?
  • How is copyright unknowingly abused by artists and others?
  • When it comes to putting images of art online (via social media, website, blog, etc), what rights do you have to prevent images being used and monetised by social media platforms, media agencies, large companies and others?
  • If you commission a photographer to document art, who owns the copyright of the image? And is it possible for you to monetise images taken by someone else (with prints, greeting cards, books, calendars, etc)?
  • Who owns the intellectual property of a print edition when the production is a collaborative effort between an agent and artist?
  • Once a work of art has sold, does the artist maintain copyright - and what are the terms?
  • ·       What does an artist or dealer do if they are asked about a licensing agreement for use of an image?



A Q&A session with the audience will follow the facilitated conversation.


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Anthony is a solicitor with 20 years’ experience advising cultural institutions, artists, start-ups and SMEs on the legal issues relating to art, brands and technology. He currently splits his time between the V&A where he is the General Counsel, Keystone Law where he is a consultant solicitor and Queen Mary College, where he lectures on trade marks, art and copyright. He is also a trustee of the Association for Cultural Enterprises – a charity that promotes commercial best practice in the cultural and heritage sector. Anthony is ranked as a commercial contract and brand management specialist in the Legal 500 directory and in band three, as an intellectual property specialist, in the UK's Chambers & Partners directory.




A game-changer in the 21st Century art world, Susan's an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator and author. Her first foray into supporting industry professionals was in the form of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), which she established in 2010 while running a gallery in Soho, London. This was followed by the launch of Be Smart About Art, an online-accessible professional development platform that helps creative professionals thrive in a changing world. In late 2015, her first book was published in the name of BSAA's motto: `'Art is your life. Make it your living." While based in London, Susan spends notable periods around the UK and also in the USA and Continental Europe, delivering workshops and keynotes, mentoring creative professionals, facilitating panel discussions, judging art prizes and more.

Follow Susan on Instagram @susanjmumford

**The first 15 tickets to this talk are half-price!**

6.30 - 7.00pm: Arrivals, registration and networking*

7.00 - 8.30pm: Talk with Q&A

8.30 - 9.00pm: Open networking

9.00pm: Departures 

*Attendees to this BSAA - CASS ART talk receive a special 10% discount on in-store shopping at CASS ART Islington on the day, prior to the event starting. Put together your art supplies shopping list and arrive early to take advantage of this talk bonus. 


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