The Catalyst Story Institute/Content Festival (formerly ITVfest) will be held in Duluth Minnesota October 9 to October 13. The Festival will feature numerous workshops, presentations and screenings. Walter G. Lehmann, managing partner of Lehmann PLC (formerly Lehmann Strobel PLC), will be participating in Legal Office Hours, a free legal drop-in clinic for Festival attendees, October 10 from 1 to 3 pm. Walt can answer your questions about developing, producing and marketing your next great media project. Check out the complete Festival schedule here: https://catalyst.sched.com/ . See you in Duluth!
The 2019 Rural Arts and Cultural Summit will be held October 3 to 5 at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Hosted by Springboard for the Arts, the RAC Summit brings together rural artists, arts organizations, and community and economic development leaders from the Upper Midwest and beyond. Walter G. Lehmann of Lehmann PLC will provide free 30-minute legal consultations for artists and arts organizations during the RAC Summit. For more information, visit https://springboardforthearts.org/programs/rural-arts-summit/
Latino Public Broadcasting’s VOCES strand launches its fifth season of programming by, about and for Latino Americans as part of Hispanic Heritage Month on PBS. The series premieres with Raul Julia: The World’s a Stage on September 13, followed by The Pushouts on September 20, Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno on September 27 and Provenir, Texas on October 4. For more information on these programs and the VOCES strand, go to http://lpbp.org/programs-voces/. Lehmann PLC is proud to have served as LPB’s legal counsel on these and many other important documentaries over many years.
Lehmann PLC has a new website! The site was developed in collaboration with Soulens LLC and features a clean new look and feel. Lehmann PLC is an art, entertainment and museum law firm which represents content-creators and cultural organizations. www.lehmannplc.com.
An article by Lehmann PLC's managing partner, Walter Lehmann, was published in the May/June 2019 issue of Landslide, the American Bar Association's bimonthly intellectual property law magazine. In the article, Lehmann explains that the cost of litigating a copyright infringement claim can far exceed the likely damage award and that one solution is to establish a copyright small claims court. Lehmann has previously written articles on copyright and fair use for Landslide.
In Spring 2020, Lehmann PLC's managing partner, Walter Lehmann, will teach a new course at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. “Museum Law and Ethics” will explore the laws, ethical codes and best practices that regulate the museum field. From funding to governance, intellectual property to cultural property, the course will cover the various legal and ethical concerns that museums face today. Intended for law students, as well as museum studies and arts administration graduate students, the course will provide a legal foundation for those seeking a career working for and with museums, cultural organizations and arts communities.
Lehmann has previously taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in art and museum law at George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, and Mitchell Hamline Law School.
For more information about Case Western Reservice University School of Law, visit their website: https://law.case.edu/
Walter Lehmann, managing partner at Lehmann PLC spoke at the 2019 annual conference for the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums at the end of April. Representing over 500 state history organizations, MALHM is an important resource for local groups seeking professional training and museum assistance. According to MALHM Executive Director Dustin Hoffman this year’s symposium in Red Wing, MN, was the best attended event to date.
Lehmann’s presentation – “Managing Your Museum’s Intellectual Property” – explored the application of intellectual property legal concepts in the museum context. While museums routinely use intellectual property in their day-to-day operations, there are many tricky areas when it comes to managing intellectual property and assessing the legal and business risks.
For more information on the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums, check out their website: https://www.mnhistoryalliance.org/.