April 2018

By Alandis Brassel

Alandis Brassel is the Program Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville. You can reach him at abrassel@abcnashville.org.

“Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value.”

—Sir Keith Robinson

Art adds immense value to our daily lives. I can call out several instances in the last day alone where the arts have contributed a special perspective to my day—seeing Nashville artist Donna Woodley’s What’s in a Name? series on display, listening to Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions, and reading Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree to my kindergartner. I’m sure you could name a few as well.

Despite the experiences art brings, we sometimes take art for granted by violating the artist’s creative rights. This happens a lot in the digital age. Think about it: Have you ever used a photo or piece of music in a presentation without getting a license from the artist? Or maybe you copied your favorite CDs and distributed them to friends (when CDs were still a thing).

If you’ve done any of these things, you might have unknowingly violated an artist’s copyright interest. Copyright, a form of intellectual property, is a cornerstone of creation. It helps creators protect their work and ensure they can benefit from their artistic endeavors. That means that, in most instances, copyright provides artists with the ability to say when, where, and how their work can be used, as well as name the price for that use. Without these protections, artists would likely not be able to continue making the works that we love.

It’s important that we know how we can use photographs, music, literature, and other artistic works in our work and play. That’s why this April, the Arts & Business Council will join the Copyright Alliance and ten peer arts service organizations across the country in a week-long World Intellectual Property Day celebration. World Intellectual Property Day, which occurs every year on April 26, began in 2000 as a day designated to learn about the role that intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

On April 25, the Arts & Business Council will present Copyright Mythbusters, an interactive panel for artists and general public alike. Through live audience polls and an informative panel of copyright experts, we’ll address a number of misconceptions, and hopefully, everyone will leave with a better understanding of how to use and value the artwork that brings enjoyment to our lives.

We hope you’ll join us for the free celebration at Belmont University’s College of Law, April 25 at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.abcnashville.org.

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