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to present a workshop on
Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community
October 8, 2016

September 9, 2016
MIAMI, FL:  In keeping with its mandate to provide education and support to its membership and community, the South Florida Theatre League will present Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community – a workshop dedicated to copyright law considerations for theatre professionals, on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts from 1-5 pm.  The course will be conducted by two local attorneys, Susan Dierenfeldt-Troy and David Rogero, who between the two of them, have over fifty years of combined experience in the area of intellectual property law.

The course will focus on matters of concern to various professionals within the theatrical community – from producers to playwrights – and will be comprised of a lecture and a workshop.  For the workshop, attendees will be asked to address a hypothetical copyright law-related problem confronting a fictional theater. Workshop topics to be covered include protecting one’s copyright, avoiding infringement of another’s copyrighted work, and copyright licensing agreements.

The target audience for the Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community workshop includes playwrights, producers, directors, performing artists, and anyone who wishes to learn more about copyright law in general from both a theoretical and practical standpoint.    It will be open to both South Florida Theatre League members and non-members.

Cost for the Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community workshop will be $10 for League members, and $25 for non-members. Tickets are available on line at http://southfloridatheatre.org; tickets will also be available for purchase at the door, the day of the event.

Four Florida Bar General CLE Credits will be awarded for this course.

South Florida Theatre League is an alliance of theatrical organizations and professionals dedicated to nurturing, promoting, and advocating for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre industry. The League unites member theaters at all levels from the professional organizations that hire Equity actors to community theatres that give amateurs a chance to test their skills. Everyone who works in the theatre industry in South Florida is eligible to be a member of the League.

For more information about the Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community workshop and/or the South Florida Theatre League, contact Andie Arthur at andie@southfloridatheatre.com /954-557-0778, or Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com,  or visit the League’s website at http://southfloridatheatre.org.

Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community
Presented by the South Florida Theatre League
Led by Susan Dierenfeldt-Troy and David Rogero
Saturday, October 8, 2016
1 – 5 pm
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW Fifth Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
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Susan D. Troy is a partner with the Miami-based law firm of Troy & Schwartz, LLC.  She specializes in intellectual property law matters pertaining to copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and entertainment law.  She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. patent bar.  In the area of copyrights, Ms. Troy has assisted clients with the formal registration of copyrights in music, literature, the visual arts, software, and television programs.  She has also conducted copyright and trademark clearance searches and written opinion letters on behalf of television show producers. She has prosecuted copyright infringement suits in numerous courts, largely as the counsel for defendants in such lawsuits and written and negotiated numerous copyright licensing agreements on behalf of copyright owners.
Ms. Troy is also an instructor at Miami-Dade College’s Continuing Education Department where she teaches a course on risk management for new and growing businesses. Susan is a magna cum laude graduate of St. Thomas School of Law where she was a member of the law review.

David M. Rogero is an AV Preeminent-rated attorney specializing in copyright and trademark matters and business litigation. He has 40 years’ experience, and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Florida.  Mr. Rogero has assisted clients with the registration of their copyright claims in music, literature, photographs, and other visual arts and television programs. He has prosecuted numerous copyright infringement suits in federal courts throughout Florida. Mr. Rogero has served as chairman and as an active committee member in the Florida Bar’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section. He has also served several terms on the board of directors of the Dade County Bar Association, as well as the chairman of the Legal Aid and Public Service Committee, and as chairman of the board of the Greater Miami and the Keys Chapter of the American Red Cross.
David graduated from the University of Florida School of Law with honors.