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Free workshop for artists on protecting intellectual property offered in Scranton on April 29

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From a press release:

The creative ideas, music, literature, or other materials an artist or organization formulates in thought or design are very valuable and need to be protected because they just might lead to the next bestseller, great innovation, or world-renowned performance.

Valuable information on safeguarding one’s work, concepts, or discoveries will be offered at “Protecting Your Big Idea – An Intellectual Property Workshop for Artists” on Wednesday, April 29 from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Electric City Trolley Museum (300 Cliff St., Scranton), on the grounds of the Steamtown National Historic Site, by the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture & Education (ACE) Council.

This free seminar is geared towards artists and organizations of all disciplines and will cover the basics of intellectual property as they relate to inventions, artistic works, inventions, design, words, and a host of other items.

According to Maureen McGuigan, deputy director of the county’s Arts & Culture Department, the ideas for this program came from attendees who participated in other ACE programs.

The workshop will feature Atty. Damian Biondo from the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA), which is an arm of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. His talk will include an overview of legal elements and data on intellectual property for the arts. A panel discussion, featuring Thomas Geroulo, entertainment attorney; Christine Medley, assistant professor of graphic design at Marywood University and a local artist; and Rich Larsen, theater professor at the University of Scranton and a lighting designer, will follow the presentation.

The PVLA was founded in 1978 as a nonprofit legal services organization that provides pro bono and low cost legal assistance, educational programs, and business counseling to artists and arts and cultural organizations. In March 2008, the organization joined forces with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.

To register for the program, contact the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department at 570-963-6590, ext. 106, or send an e-mail to