Digital Content: Protection & Infringement for Nonprofits & Social Causes

What Every Non-Profit and Activist Needs to Know About Digital Content Protection and Infringement: Practical Advice on Copyright, Trademark and Other Types of Intellectual Property

Do you publish content to social media, a website or an e-newsletter? If so, then you need to be aware of the do’s and don’ts of intellectual property law, which includes copyright, trademark and trade secret law.

We’ll explore these issues and more at Net Tuesday, November 1, starting at 6:00 PM at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street (or online via

In this highly informative program our two presenters will offer insights and practical details regarding intellectual property including:

  • Basic explanations of the key areas of intellectual property law
  • Who owns social media and other digital media content
  • What you need to do to protect your content
  • How not to infringe on someone else’s intellectual property rights

We’ll also explore the use of copyright and contract law to create “partial” copyright protection while encouraging distribution of your content.  Sometimes called “copyleft” one much-used example is the set of licenses offered by Creative Commons.  We will review some of the basic rights protected by copyright and discuss how to choose which rights to protect and mechanisms to enable and limit copyright to fit your needs.

As usual, the program includes plenty of time for questions and to explore how these issues apply to your own specific situation.

Moderated by Deni Kasrel

Our two presenters:

Dina Leytes, who has been to several Net Tuesdays, is an associate at Griesing Law, LLC, where her practice is focused on commercial litigation, intellectual property and new media matters, including trade secret, copyright and trademark-related litigation. Dina counsels businesses and organizations on a range of strategies and solutions relating to e-commerce, online-content protection and infringement, licensing agreements, domain names disputes, social media legal risks and First Amendment law. She also represents clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Prior to entering private practice Dina worked for the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva, Switzerland.

Alan Lewine specializes in transactional and policy matters pertaining to internet, copyright, information technology and television production law. His clients and employers have included AOL, PBS, National Geographic Television, Comcast, MCI and Intelsat.  Alan’s involvement in digital copyright issues dates to his 1996 work with David Post, Lawrence Lessig and Eugene Volokh in producing “Cyberspace Law for Non-Lawyers,” distributed by email listserv. Alan is currently in-house senior counsel for a major internet service provider. He serves on the board of directors of the Center for the Copyright Information, Inc. Alan is also an accomplished jazz bassist and composer. Some of his recordings are available for free download on Myspace and elsewhere, subject to a limited “copyleft” license.

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