Posted on June 30, 2009 in Event, events by Brian RoweComments Off
Event Notice for Seattle:
Washington Lawyers for the Arts, next brown bag lunch covers a great topic, Privacy and Publicity.  Seattle attorney Mel Simburg will guide you through the ins and outs of Washington’s laws regarding privacy and publicity, including who is protected, what exactly the law prevents, how protection under these laws differs from that provided under copyright and trademark laws, and how privacy and publicity rights concerns are balanced against the First Amendment right of free speech. He will answer your questions, so come prepared!


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Noon to 1:30 pm (registration begins at 11:30 am.)

Stoel Rives LLP
600 University St, Ste 3600

Seattle, Washington 98101
Click here for directions

Note: Unfortunately, we cannot provide comped parking. We suggest taking a Metro bus. Here is a link to Metro Transit trip planner.

In advance: $35 attorneys and paralegals; $10 artists and students
At the door: $40 attorneys and paralegals; $15 artists and students


To register, click here to visit Brown Paper Tickets online, or call 800.838.3006. To pay at the door, RSVP to Washington Lawyers for the Arts at 206.328.7053. Please note that the event is subject to cancellation; visit or call 206.328.7053 for more information.


1.5 CLE credits pending

Posted on January 8, 2009 in Event by Brian RoweView Comments

This just in from Boing Boing:

Chris sez, “Perhaps inspired by the Spore DRM debacle of last year, the FTC is going to hold a Town Hall Meeting on the subject of Digital Rights Management (DRM) in March. They are soliciting requests and suggestions for discussion from the general public via a contact form or e-mail through January 30th. This is a great chance to make your viewpoints heard!”

Man, I wish I could be at this thing!

Digital rights management (DRM) refers to technologies typically used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, and copyright holders to attempt to control how consumers access and use media and entertainment content. Among other issues, the workshop will address the need to improve disclosures to consumers about DRM limitations. Interested parties may submit written comments or original research on this topic.FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies – Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

This is an amazing opportunity right here is Seattle!  I will be attending and would love to see some strong representation from the local Free Culture and Ischool community.  Please email me if you want to coordinate action here in Seattle [email protected] !

Posted on January 8, 2009 in Event by Brian RoweView Comments

“Who Owns Antiquity? State Property or Global Heritage”
with Dr. James Cuno, President and Director of The Art Institute of Chicago
Cuno in gallery

Should antiquities be viewed as the property of the states where they are found or as global heritage?  Given the history of national and imperialistic conflicts, are countries right to demand the return of artifacts? What is the international norm with regards to laws related to antiquities and where is the conversation heading?  What are the priorities informing the debate?The World Affairs Council presents James Cuno, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of The Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to that, he was Director of the Harvard University Art Museums and Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard. Dr. Cuno has written and lectured extensively on topics ranging from French caricature of the 18th and 19th centuries to contemporary American Art, as well as on the role of art museums in contemporary American cultural policy. Cuno received his PhD from Harvard University.

Pre-Event Reception:
A private reception with Dr. Cuno will be held from 5:45-6:45pm at the Friesen Gallery of Fine Art (1210 2nd Avenue, Seattle). The cost of $35 includes beverages, heavy appetizers, and preferred seating at the public lecture.

Co-sponsored by: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and Friesen Gallery of Fine Art.

Co-presented by: Association for Washington Archaelogy, Frye Art Museum, Museum of History and Industry, Seattle Arts and Lectures. Click here to register

DATE: 01/13/2009
TIME: Reception - 5:45-6:45 p.m.
Lecture – 7:00-8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Reception: Friesen Gallery of Fine Art (1210 2nd Avenue, Seattle)
This is a fascinating topic, I wish I could attend I have another engagement.  If any readers attend and want to blog about it please drop me a line, Brian <at> .

Lecture: Seattle Art Museum, Downtown SAM Auditorium (1300 First Avenue, Seattle)

Lecture: $10 members/students; $15 non-members

Reception: $35 (includes preferred seating at lecture, wine, and heavy appetizers)