There is such a thing as World Intellectual Property Day. It's celebrated every April 26, but some Detroiters are celebrating today.
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is holding a seminar on how to copyright music and trademark ideas including band names and swag. With a huge (and growing) music scene in Detroit, the topic seems ripe for discussion.
From 3 to 5 p.m. the how-to seminar will feature locals like radio personality and attorney Suzi Marteny and copyright and entertainment lawyer Joe Bellanca.
Later, from 5 to 6 p.m. there will be a meet and greet with law firms, schools, and music companies and businesses. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. there will be a presentation on how to musicians can protect their music. A question-and-answer panel will include speakers like Christal Sheppard from the Detroit U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Detroit-based bassists Ralphe Armstrong, Big Sean's attorney, and Howard Hertz, who has represented Eminem and Atlantic Records.
Following the speaker series, there will be a mixer, live music, and refreshments.
Walk-ins are welcome at the event, but you can also RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check facebook.com/worldpdaydetroit for more info.
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located at 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit.