Indiana University Bloomington

IP Students Share Copyright Law 101 with Local Creators

On March 2, 2017 Thomas Raborg (3L), Justin Sagnella (3L), Rafael Huang (3L), and Anthony Denis (2L) presented an overview of copyright law to an engaged audience of local musicians, writers, photographers, and more. All four students participate in the IU IP Clinic, where public speaking is one of the skills that Director Norman Hedges (who was also present) seeks to build up in future IP attorneys. 

The students’ copyright presentation was held at Monroe County Public Library as a part of the Level Up Workshop Series. MCPL’s new Level Up space is an innovative digital creativity center that is free and open to the public. The hard services Level Up provides to the greater Monroe County community include a video production studio with a green screen; audio production studios; and a creative computing space, complete with four iMacs with the Adobe Creative Suite. These hard services can be reserved with only a library card, just like checking out a book. Along with tangible services, MCPL provides educational workshops geared toward creators of all kinds. You can read more about Level Up and their workshops here.


The IP students’ presentation focused on the general copyright issues most applicable to Level Up’s patrons: creation; exclusive rights; categories of subject matter; ownership, term, and the importance of contracts; fair use; and infringement–particularly indirect infringement and what to do if you find your work online. The audience was encouraged to ask questions at any time, which allowed for a dialogue rather than a lecture-style event. 

Raborg, Sagnella, Huang, and Denis highlighted the interesting and important application of copyright law for artists of all backgrounds. Look out for more Level Up events in the future!