Wedding & Event Vendor Law 101 [2019 Edition]


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

The wedding and event industry is growing exponentially. As of 2013, the wedding industry alone was valued at an estimated $54 billion. Yet many wedding and event vendors don’t receive the counsel and guidance needed to avoid common industry pitfalls to operate a successful business. A mix of small business law and intellectual property law, this CLE will focus on how to advise wedding and event vendor clients, with special attention paid to event planners, photographers, wedding venues, florists, and small baking operations.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Business formation
•   Contracts for event professionals
•   Trademarks and Copyrights for event professionals

Date / Time: December 9, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

Select your state to see if this class is approved for CLE credit.

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Original Broadcast Date: March 25, 2019

Caroline Fox, Esq. is an intellectual property and small business attorney based in Richmond, Virginia, where she operates her own firm. Caroline works with creative-based brands to form companies, draft and negotiate contracts, and protect their rights to valuable intellectual property. A graduate of Elon University and The University of Richmond School of Law, Caroline has been named to Virginia’s Legal Elite for three years, and was named to the Virginia Superlawyer’s list for 2018. Caroline travels across the globe to work with wedding and event professionals.

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Section I. Overview
a) Wedding Industry stats
b) What makes wedding vendors different?
c) Business setup checklist
        i. Business entity analysis
        ii. Name and DBA
        iii. Zoning
        iv. Business Licenses

Section II. Understanding IP Law Basics
a) Copyright Law 101
        i. What is a copyright, and how is it made?
        ii. “Works made for hire” by employees vs. works done by independent contractors
        iii. How to grant use of a copyright or license a copyright
        iv. Social Media and the right to reproduction and derivative works
b) Trademark Law 101
        i. What is a trademark, and what does it mean?
        ii. Trademarking process
        iii. Trademark infringement

Section III. Contracts
a) DETAILED scope of work
        i. Who, what, when, where, why, how many
        ii. Use of apps to modify contracts: Why, recommendations
b) “House Rules” limiting ability to decorate/ execute a styling
c) “Feed Me” clauses
d) Travel
e) Model releases
        i. Not just for photogs!
        ii. Image and likeness for advertising, trade, promotion, in any and all future media
f) Liquidated damages: How to explain to clients, how to set up in vendor contracts
g) Cancellation, rescheduling, and Force Majeure clauses
h) Styled Shoots
        i. Who is responsible for what?
        ii. Public places and locations that require a license (DC, Federal lands, state parks, etc.)
        iii. Who is liable if something goes wrong?
        iv. Who owns the copyright?
        v. Attribution rules
        vi. How to use them in portfolio

Section IV. Industry-specific contract concerns
a) Planners
        i. Document, document, document (CYA)
ii. Expenses
iii. Addressing modifications on the fly
iv. Payments: percentages vs. flat fees
b) Photographers
i. No specific images
ii. Limiting recovery in instance of film or technology malfunction
c) Florists
i. Taking flowers across state lines
d) Venues
i. Venue insurance
ii. Insurance for the event via the wedding couple
iii. Open flames and sparklers, how to address
iv. Dealing with unruly guests
e) Caterers/ Bakeries
i. Commercial kitchens and/ or cottage food laws
f) Luxury Brands
i. Special concerns relating to industry custom, concerns
ii. International travel

Section V. Addressing Same-sex marriage and consumer protection laws
a) Washington florist case
b) SCOTUS Colorado “cake case”
c) Public relations perspectives