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The Greater Brandon Arts Council (GBAC) will host a seminar called “Copyright and Fair Use Law For Artists” on Saturday, February 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Library located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. The seminar will be led by attorney, Anne Dalton of Ft. Meyers. The seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Anne Drewry, President of GBAC said, “Many artists have questions about copyright, internet and art usage laws. We thought it would be appropriate to address these questions.”
Drewry added, “All artists who have sales or other business dealings with the public through galleries, shops or shows should be interested in this seminar. There are many aspects of the law that is related to art. Artists need to be aware of their importance as they relate to our business.”
Dalton said, “A lot of artists do not understand what happens in an art transaction. They do not know what they sell and what they keep.” Dalton further explained, “I came to understand this when an artist friend asked if someone could put an image of her painting on his business card without paying her for it. The answer is that the artist must be compensated.”
The goal of this seminar is for artists to learn what their rights are with respect to their creations. They will then be knowledgeable when dealing with others.
The GBAC is a great organization and resource for all artists in the community. The GBAC supports and advocates for all artists and all aspects of art including literary, music, theatre and visual arts.
“We are striving to serve as a collaborative voice for all the creative people in the area. We want to support all artistic opportunities available in the area.” said Drewry. “It is our intention to provide opportunities for artist and art lovers to learn about art in our area. The GBAC encourages everyone with any interest in the arts to join us in our endeavors to foster the arts throughout the community.” added Drewry.
For more information on the GBAC and the upcoming informational seminar, please visit or call 655-2773.

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