Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law hosts ‘Avenue of the Arts: Connecting Creativity, Economics and the Law’

The Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law will host “Avenue of the Arts: Connecting Creativity, Economics and the Law” on Friday, March 23, in the Worrell Professional Center.  

Inspired by Winston-Salem’s reputation as the “City of the Arts & Innovation,” this year’s symposium will focus on the intersection of intellectual property law practice and the arts, with special attention on the employment of artistic ventures as engines for economic development in local communities.  

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in Room 1312.

In the field of the arts, intellectual property law provides artists and entrepreneurs with the tools to protect their original works, while the business-end of the industry deals with the monetization of such ventures, according to Greer Benge, symposium editor.  

“By exploring the intersections of these forces at work within the arts, we can come to a better understanding as to how to facilitate artistic expression in a way that both protects creators and disseminates the work to a large audience for maximum economic benefit,” she said.  

Panelists, including community leaders, attorneys, and legal and cultural scholars, will present on a variety of issues, including extension of protection for copyrighted works that have fallen in the public domain, the reach of personal liability for infringement of artistic works under the doctrines of contributory and vicarious liability, intellectual property issues related to public organizations, and programs designed to employ arts as an engine for economic development.

The panelists are: 

  • Linda Carlisle, North Carolina Secretary of Cultural Resources
  • Milton Rhodes, President & CEO, Winston-Salem Arts Council
  • Joseph M. Beck, Partner, Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton
  • Allison Scott Roach, Associate, Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton
  • Zaneta Moore Robinson, Associate, Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros
  • T. Robert Rehm, Jr., Partner, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP
  • Dr. Woodrow Hood, Associate Professor of Communication and Theatre and Dance, Wake Forest University
  • Michael S. Mireles, Associate Professor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

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