Writers! Know Your Legal Rights: Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask! June 17, 2017

We know it is short notice, but we are very happy to have two prominent practictioners of law who have specialized in entertainment law as it pertains to writing, publishing and creating internet content.  

Below are the bios for our facilitators Marci Walker and Jason Koransky  -  I know you will be impressed.  

Jason M Koransky

Jason Koransky's practice focuses on trademark, copyright, advertising, data privacy, and Internet law. His experience ranges from litigating in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, to trademark clearance, prosecuting domestic and foreign trademark applications, and drafting and negotiating license agreements.

Before transitioning into a career as an attorney, Jason worked as a journalist in the Chicago area for more than a decade. For 10 years he served as the editor of DownBeat magazine, an international music magazine devoted to jazz and blues. At DownBeat he gained a deep understanding of the issues affecting musicians, record labels, music publishers, venues, and the other entities in the music industry, as well as the myriad issues confronting journalists and publishers. He also interviewed the likes of Dave Brubeck, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, and Joni Mitchell. He carries his experience in the music and publishing industries into his law practice.

Prior to joining Pattishall in September 2014, Jason worked as an IP Associate at two firms in Chicago. In addition, he served for a year as a law clerk for the Honorable Harry D. Leinenweber in the Northern District of Illinois. He earned his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, and his B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University.


Marci Rolnik Walker

Marci Walker joined Lawyers for the Creative Arts in 2004. She has advised clients in all areas of art and entertainment, including intellectual property protection for motion pictures, visual arts, music, dance and literary works. Ms. Walker plans LCA's educational programming and lectures widely on copyright law, including rights acquisition and transfer and overall best practices to manage copyright interests in creative works. She has experience drafting and negotiating film production, recording, publishing, art production and installation, and multimedia licensing deals, often limiting the scope of licensed rights, maximizing revenue streams, and giving artists real bargaining power, including adequate information to turn down commercially exploitative offers. She is the former Chair of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Division of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, the Chicago Bar Association's Media and Entertainment Committee, the Intellectual Property Committee of College Art Association, and the Fiscal Sponsorship Committee of Independent Features Project Midwest (IFP/ Chicago).

Prior to practicing law, Marci worked in independent film and media, providing production management, clearance, set photography and ghost writing services. She is a closet writer, who wrote her first manuscript at age 12 and published at age 14. Marci is an adjunct faculty member in the Film Department of Columbia College Chicago and DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media where she teaches entertainment law courses, concentrating on copyright acquisition and chain of title documentation.  Marci formerly worked at Harper College, teaching intellectual property law, the American Judicature Society, the City of Chicago Department of Law, Chambers of Judge Wayne Andersen (Retired—U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois), Loyola University Chicago’s Media Department, and the Department of Communications at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she student taught a legal ethics course. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois and in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois.

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Posted on May 29, 2017 .