Original You Part I

Copycats, Copyrights & Owning Your Art

Episode 14 with Ayden Graham and Mark Pearson

April 25th, 2018

Ever worried someone might steal your work? And what would you do if someone accused YOU of copying theirs? We cover these questions with guests, singer/songwriter, Ayden Graham and entertainment lawyer, Mark Pearson as we explore topics like art ownership and stealing like an artist, as we discuss the famous copyright battles of Prince and Pharrell Williams. Holly also shares 7 Mistakes that Cause You Anxiety about Art Ownership. This episode is Part I of Original You, a series where we’ll dive into what it means to be unique, and how to safeguard it, sell it, and define your artistic voice. The legal information provided in this episode is for educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified legal advice given by counsel of your choosing. Neither Mark A. Pearson nor Holly Shaw dba Performers & Creators Lab shall hold any responsibility for your reliance on the information provided.


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Episode 15 Original You Part II:   Balancing Business & Creativity


Episode 17 Original You Part III: The 5 Components of Artistic Voice

Episode 6 Power Games & Your Creative Career

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Ayden Graham is an indie folk rock singer-songwriter from the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up on the music of Sting, Cat Stevens, and The Beatles, he began his career busking in front of the local Three Twins Ice Cream shop. With a regular spot at the Sweetwater Saloon, Graham exploded onto the local music scene as a promising young voice. During two solo trips to Ireland, Graham sharpened his fiddle playing in the pubs and sang on the streets for his supper. While studying literature and electronic music at UCSC, Ayden was introduced to the underground rock, jazz and reggae scenes of Santa Cruz. Graham began to craft a unique artistic identity, incorporating his poignant lyrics with the myriad influences that surrounded him. Ayden Graham released his debut Wooden Bones EPNovember 2017. Find more at www.aydengraham.com/epk

Mark A. Pearson is a principal attorney at ARC Law Group, a law firm focused on counseling creative, talented and entrepreneurial clients. His primary practice areas involve forming business entities, counseling on trademark & copyright issues, and drafting entertainment and technology contracts. His list of clients includes musicians, actors, film & television producers, live entertainment companies, video game developers, online content providers and artists. Mark has negotiated deals with Disney, HBO, LucasFilm (Skywalker Sound) and the Golden State Warriors and worked on projects for MTV Networks and Nintendo of America. Learn more at arclg.com

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