RESOURCES LIST

Intellectual Property
Copyright
Trademark
Contracts
Entity Formation
For Profit
Nonprofit
By State

Intellectual Property

"Intellectual property is the oil of the 21st century. Look at the richest men a hundred years ago; they all made their money extracting natural resources or moving them around. All today's richest men have made their money out of intellectual property."—Mark Getty

“It is estimated that by 2007, as much as 90% of the value of the world's top 2000 enterprises will consist of intellectual property"—PriceWaterhouse Coopers, 2003

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Copyrights

Online Sources:

Books:

  • The Copyright Handbook, by Stephen Fishman (Nolo Press)
  • The Copyright Guide, by Lee Wilson (Allworth Press)
  • Electronic Highway Robbery, Mary E. Carter (Peachpit Press)
  • Licensing Art & Design, by Caryn R. Leland (Allworth Press): includes information on patents and trademarks.
  • The Writers Legal Guide, by Tad Crawford and Tony Lyons (Allworth Press)

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Trademarks

Online Sources:

Books:

  • The Trademark guide, by Lee Wilson
  • Trademark: Legal Care for Your Business & Product Name, by Stephen Elias (NOLO)

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Contracts

Online Sources:

Books:

  • Business and Legal Forms for Authors & Self-Publishers, by Tad Crawford (Allworth Press): Contains 17 read-to-use-and-adapt forms.
  • Business and Legal Forms for Fine Artists, by Tad Crawford (Allworth Press): Contains 17 ready-to-use-and-adapt forms (also available for photography, crafts, illustrators, and graphic designers)
  • Contracts for the Film and Television Industry, by Mark Litwak (Silman-James Press)
  • Legal Guide for the Visual Artist, by Tad Crawford (Allworth Press)

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Entity Formation

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For Profit

Online Sources:

Books:

  • Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business, by Fred Steingold (NOLO)
  • Whoops! I’m in Business: A Crash Course in Business Basics, by Richard Stim and Lisa Guerin (NOLO Press)
  • How to Form Your Own NY Corporation (NOLO Press)

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Nonprofit

Online Sources:

Books:

  • The Art of Creating Nonprofit Organizations, by Peter Wolk.
  • Arts Boards: Creating a New Community Equation (Published by ARTS Action Issues).
  • The Buck Starts Here: Enterprises and the Arts (Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts)
  • Getting Organized (A comprehensive handbook including a detailed discussion of New York State not-for-profit law). Published by Lawyers Alliance of New York.
  • How to Form a Non-Profit Corporation (NOLO Press).
  • This Way Up: Legal & Business Essentials for Nonprofits (Published by VLA).

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Other Resources by State

California

California Department of Corporations
http://www.corp.ca.gov/

California Arts Council
1300 I Street, Suite 930
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 322-6555 / (800) 201-6201
http://www.cac.ca.gov/?id=1

Delaware

Delaware Department of State
http://sos.delaware.gov/

Delaware Division of the Arts
Mezzanine Gallery
Carvel State Office Bldg
820 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 577-8278
http://www.artsdel.org/default.shtml

Washington, DC

Americans for the Arts
1000 Vermont Ave, NW
6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
202·371·2830
http://ww3.artsusa.org/

New York

Americans for the Arts
One East 53rd Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 223-2787
http://www.artsusa.org/

Freelance Taxation
http://www.freelancetaxation.com/

New York Department of State Corporate and Business Filings
http://www.dos.state.ny.us/corp/corpwww.html

New York State Council on the Arts
175 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 627-4455
http://www.nysca.org/

South Carolina

South Carolina Secretary of State
http://www.scsos.com/Business_Filings

South Carolina Arts Commission
1800 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-8696
http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/

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