Independent Artist/Musician/Arts Activitist
Member of the band Negativland, Asheville, North Carolina
For the past 29 years Mr. Hosler and his band Negativland have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sound, image and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland re-arranges these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and "culture jamming" (a term they coined in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement. Mr. Hosler has also acted as a “citizen lobbyist” on Capitol Hill, and worked closely with Creative Commons to create one of their intellectual property licenses, Sampling Plus.
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Peter Friedman, a Cleveland native, graduated from Brown University with an A.B. in Latin and Ancient Greek in 1981 and from the University of Michigan Law School with a J.D. in 1984. After over 11 years of practice as a commercial litigator in New York City (most recently as a partner in the New York office of Akin Gump Hauer & Feld LLP), he joined the Case Western Reserve University faculty in January 1996. At Case Western, Peter has taught primarily Legal Analysis & Writing, a number of different courses in civil litigation practice, and Contracts in the school's LL.M. program in International Legal Studies. During the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years, Peter has been and is an Assistant Visiting Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School and the University of Windsor. He also teaches annually at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Peter has blogged regularly since 2003, and since 2008 he has focused his online writing on issues pertaining to law and creativity, including issues pertaining to copyright and fair use.
Sharon L. Toerek
Licata and Toerek
Sharon L. Toerek focuses her legal practice at Licata & Toerek on intellectual property law, advising clients on trademark, copyright, trade secret, non-competition, and other intellectual property and business law issues.
Toerek has a particular concentration of clients in the advertising, marketing and creative services industries, and she provides legal counsel on legal issues faced by those industries including copyright and content protection, licensing of creative content, trademark and brand protection matters, agency service contracts, advertising compliance, and direct marketing regulations.
In the industry, Toerek is a recognized author and educator in her areas of expertise to numerous advertising and communications industries organizations, advertising agencies, and in-house marketing teams, and has created and presented numerous training sessions to industry professionals that enable them to recognize legal issues and protect their valuable work and rights.
Toerek has chaired the Intellectual Property Section of the Cleveland Bar Association, and has conducted numerous presentations on intellectual property law topics before the Cleveland Bar Asssociation, American Advertising Federation (AAF) Cleveland, the Independent Practitioner’s Group, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Akron, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Council of Small Enterprises (COSE).
In her community, Toerek serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Council of Small Enterprises (COSE), as Secretary/Treasurer and Chair of Government Relations of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Cleveland, and as Legal Advisor to Northeast Ohio Communications Affiliates (NOCA), an umbrella organization for Northeast Ohio's professional communications organizations.
Licata & Toerek is a full service law firm in Northeast Ohio, providing legal counsel to entrepreneurial companies and their leaders