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Providing accessible legal information, workshops, and library resources to artists and arts organizations.

We offer assistance to actors, musicians, dancers, writers, filmmakers, and visual artists in area of contracts, defamation, copyright, royalties and more.

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We provide free legal information to artists. We’re also available to give presentations and workshops to your group.

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A Legal Guide for Writers, is an invaluable resource that provides clarity to, and understanding of, aspects of copyright and contract law that many writers find confusing.

Jonathan Meakin, Executive Director of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia

ALIS has been instrumental in providing legal information and services to Nova Scotian musicians and artists.

Serge Samson of Music Nova Scotia

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ALIS Events


  • Opening Night Keynote Speaker and Reception
    February 27, 2015
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    - "How to get from here to now playing" Speaker David K. Greenwald How is the business of film evolving and what factors are shaping these changes? What are the major mistakes that independent filmmakers make that lead to failure? How can filmmakers improve their chances to market their films? Build it and they will come just isn’t enough today. Join us to discover the answer to these questions and some potential keys for your success.
  • State of Play: Tension between OTT Services and traditional film/television
    February 28, 2015
    9:00 am - 10:00 am
    - Speakers Bob Tarantino and David Zitzerman Consumers are increasingly comfortable getting their content via new digital platforms such as Netflix, Shomi and Crave – but are Canadian regulators falling out of sync with our brave new world? This session will explore the tensions in the framework of Canadian laws and regulations governing the film and television industry, and how they interface with new “over-the-top” digital services. From “Canadian content” requirements to tax credits and guild concerns, David and Bob will discuss the current state of play in the industry, and how the regulatory environment is being challenged (and changing?) in the wake of new online delivery services.
  • Everything you need to know about E&O Insurance
    February 28, 2015
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
    - Speakers Debra Hodgson and Christene Hirschfeld Producers’ Errors and Omissions Insurance. What is it? Why does every producer have to get it, whether they want it or not? Common clearance mistakes made by producers, especially in documentaries and fact-inspired fiction. Dos and don’ts for getting clearances and rights to prevent catastrophes when you finally apply for this required insurance. Why and how small producers should take steps to avoid E&O problems, and what lawyers can do to help them. What is covered by E&O insurance, and what isn’t? Why NOT to wait until your project is filmed to understand what clearances you needed, and when to get a lawyer involved to prevent catastrophes. A whirlwind tour through E&O clearance issues and insurance for fiction, documentaries and everything in between.
  • New Distribution Models
    February 28, 2015
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • Transitioning from Film/Television to Videogames
    February 28, 2015
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    - Join speaker Rob Aske for a panel discussion about making the leap from producing film and television and entering the videogame world.
  • Top 10 Licensing Tips for Music Owners
    February 28, 2015
    3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
    - Speakers Paul Sanderson and Daniella Bassan Top 10 Licensing Tips for Music Owners. Learn how to “synch” or swim your way through music licensing agreements by gaining valuable insight and answers to burning questions such as: · What are the key terms and conditions to be negotiated?· Who are the key actors and players in the room?· What are some current trends and practices in the field?

  • March 19, 2015
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In partnership with Music Nova Scotia Making Money from Your Music Navigating the waters of the music business can be challenging, and it’s not always easy to identify and maximize the revenue streams for your band. Sit down, relax, and let Scott take you through a comprehensive overview of how, and where, to make money […]