CDAS represents some of the most influential creators in the arts, photography and graphic design.
Our clients include fine artists, commercial artists, illustrators, photographers as well as their estates and collectors. We represent individual creators as well as some of the largest distribution and licensing companies for photographers, illustrators and digital artists. We counsel them in matters concerning copyright, trademarks, rights of privacy and publicity, licensing, advertising and promotions. We have extensive experience in all forms of agreements including acquisitions, auctions, commissions, sales, gallery representation, licensing, publishing, distribution agreements and donor agreements. Through our knowledge and connections in the entertainment industries, we are able to work with artists in optioning their works for motion pictures, television, cable and webisodes.
We are counsel to a number of leading trade associations and non-profit organizations in this area and assist them in promoting their members’ interests and keeping them apprised of legal developments that may affect their members. Our lawyers are frequent speakers on issues relating to the arts, photography and graphic design and are asked to provide educational training and legal workshops for artists and their representatives. Because of our experience, we are often asked for comments from the Copyright Office as it considers issues that affect this industry and are frequent lecturers and guest speakers at many leading universities and law schools.