Workshop: Fair Use for Authors & Other Artists

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

NOTE: Doors open at 6:00pm and the workshop will start promptly at 6:30.

When, how, where, and why can you use copyrighted materials without permission? This workshop on fair use will answer those questions, looking at recent illustrations of fair use in action, including those that survived court challenges and those that did not. This workshop will help you understand how and why the law of copyright fair use has changed dramatically over the past 25 years. Although we will focus on literary works, all types of creative works will be discussed and this workshop is appropriate for all types of creators.


Mark Wittow is a partner in the Seattle office of K&L Gates, where he is a practice leader for the firm’s intellectual property/technology transactions and data protection practice group. His work focuses on all manner of IP and technology transactions and counseling including the acquisition, development, marketing, licensing and distribution of devices, software and related services, other types of technology and media content, electronic commerce issues, data mining, machine learning/AI issues and complex patent licensing and patent dispositions.

Mr. Wittow is active in the Copyright Law Society of the United States and the Intellectual Property Law section of the American Bar Association. Mr. Wittow teaches the Arts Legal Clinic course at Seattle University Law School, and has taught the Advanced Copyright Law course there and at University of Washington Law School. He is an active volunteer with Washington Lawyers for the Arts and winner of that organization’s 2015 Robert C. Cumbow Brio Award for outstanding volunteer service as a pro bono counselor and presenter. Mr. Wittow is a member of the Washington and Alaska bars and a former U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals law clerk. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and Harvard Law School.