Copyright, Law & the Arts Workshop

Academy for the Business Side of ArtLearn the truth about copyright, fair use and protecting your creative work in this two-hour workshop for artists working in the literary, performing or visual arts. Understand how the law protects intellectual property through copyright, trademarks and patents. Attorney Melissa Rizzo will speak to us about:

  • What can be copyrighted? What is trademarkable?
  • Fair use and public domain: Can you reuse something in your collage, assemblage or mash-ups?
  • Substantially similar or substantially transformed – knowing the difference.
  • Protecting your work and infringement: Does a copyright statement protect you? Online considerations and what constitutes infringement.
  • Someone reused your work. Now what?
  • Your rights and what happens when selling or publishing your work.

WHEN: Wed., Jan. 21, 2015, 6-8 pm
SPEAKER: Melissa Rizzo, J.D.
WHERE: Entrepreneur Collaborative Center, 2101 East Palm Avenue, Tampa 33605
PARKING: On site and in a secure lot directly across the street
FEE: $10.



Melissa “Missy” Rizzo is an intellectual property (IP) attorney at the law firm of Adams and Reese in the Firm’s Tampa office. In her IP practice, she focuses primarily on the litigation of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret disputes. She also has litigation experience in a variety of other commercial areas, including real property, contract, unfair competition, and related business disputes.

Missy has patent prosecution experience before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in a variety of technical fields. She has also represented clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Missy is admitted to practice before all state and federal district courts in Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh and Federal Circuits, and registered to practice in Patent Cases before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Missy earned her J.D., summa cum laude, at Stetson University College of Law.