Artist's Guide to the Law is a guide to legal issues as they relate to artists and creative people. It gives a general overview of key legal concepts important to US artists and includes landmark cases.
The book is divided into seven chapters:
- 1) What does the artist own?
- 2) What is the artist selling?
- 3) What can and can’t the artist use?
- 4) What is the artist allowed and not allowed to say?
- 5) How does the artist protect intellectual property?
- 6) What contracts does the artist make?
- 7) What happens to art when the artist no longer possesses it?
Appendices include: resources for artists, Statutory References and Case References.
"Author Rich Amada has done a remarkable job in de-mystifying the legal system and basic law for creative types. Amada has written this work in a very clear and even humorous manner, making it a surprisingly easy, quick read. Anyone can readily understand the basics to how to protect one’s work and potentially maximize profits from creative labor after reading Amada’s book."
—Andy Rodriguez, New Phoenix Filmworks
"When it comes to relevant matters of the law, we artists often don’t know what we don’t know: Rich Amada’s book takes care of that. Rich’s background as a successful playwright and his expertise as a lawyer bring a unique depth and perspective to the subject. This journey through the labyrinth of the law is paved with abundant examples and well lit by Rich’s sense of humor. An Artist’s Guide to the Law is a reference book that belongs on the writer’s shelf next to the Thesaurus and The Complete Works of Shakespeare."
—Ernie Joselovitz, President, Playwrights Forum
About the Author:
Richard Amada is an attorney in the Washington, D.C., area. His practice often includes assisting artists with a variety of legal issues. He has won various awards as both a playwright and as a TV journalist, including an Emmy. His passion for the arts also leads him to make time for acting, directing, and composing music.