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Evans: Prof, Poet & now Photog in Widener U’s Evening of the Arts

September 23, 2013 Leave a comment
Credit: Tonya M. Evans, Wisdom Whispers Photograpy 2013

Credit: Tonya Evans, Wisdom Whispers Photography 2013

As a bit of a renaissance woman, I have a passion for all things intellectual and expressive. In fact, before becoming an Associate Professor of Law, I was known as “Lawyer by Day, Poet by night“. I am also obsessed with capturing the creative while viewing life through my lens.

I’m not trained (yet). But I am inspired to capture creative shots, especially city views and nature scenes. As an intellectually curious person and life-long learner, I always seek new opportunities for creative expression. With the advent of high-tech smart phone digital camera technology, I fell in love with the photographic images I captured throughout my travels.

After receiving an announcement from public relations Director Mary Allen about the Widener University’s “Evening of the Arts”, I decided that it was time for my photos to have a life beyond my smart phone and Canon PowerShot. Although not high-end photog gear to be sure, I’ve managed to shoot some beautiful photos and to nurture my creative curiosity in the photographic medium.

About the Photographic Exhibit

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Professor Evans to Present at Berkeley IP Conference

July 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Recently Professor Tonya Evans accepted an invitation to present her work-in-progress, Sampling, Looping and Mashing … Oh My!: How Hip hop Music is Scratching More Than the Surface of Copyright Law, at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference to be held at the UC Berkeley School of Law on August 12th and 13th, 2010.

In her article, Professor Evans notes that although the United States Constitution directs Congress to regulate copyright and patent laws ultimately to serve human values and social ends by promoting innovation and creativity, copyright law as currently applied to the medium of music, both the performance embodied in a sound recording and the underlying musical composition itself, fails to meet that constitutional directive. This point, argues Professor Evans, is illustrated quite clearly in the case of a musical genre like “hip hop” that for decades has relied on the innovative use of existing recordings (most of which are protected by copyright), to create completely new works.

The annual conference is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, Berkeley Law School; the Intellectual Property Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University; the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology, DePaul University College of Law; and the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Stanford Law School.

The IP Scholars Conference brings together intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress and to listen and discuss others’ works. The format of the conference is designed to facilitate open discussion and to help scholars hone their ideas.

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EVENT ALERT: Professor Evans to Speak the Maryland Writers Conference 4-24-10

April 22, 2010 Comments off

On Saturday, April 24, 2010, Professor Tonya M. Evans, intellectual property and literary law expert and award-winning author of a series of legal reference guides for writers, will present a lively and engaging presentation on some of the most common and pressing legal issues and hot topics facing writers and other creative people in the twenty-first century.

Topics sure to be covered include how copyright is created and protected, what is considered a fair use in print and on the Internet, what can and cannot be copyrighted, how legally to refer to real people, places, and events in one’s own work, the real deal about the myth of the Poor Man’s copyright, and the critical timing of when to register your work with the Copyright Office. Plus, Professor Evans will field audience questions and sign copies of her books during the event, includingLiterary Law Guide for Authors, Copyright Companion for Writers, and Contracts Companion for Writers (all available at the newly redesigned Legal Write Publications website!).

The Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art, business, and craft of writing. MWA strives to bring together writers of all levels and disciplines, serve as an information resource, help members make contacts that lead to publication, encourage writers to reach their full potential, and promote writing within the community. MWA’s diverse membership ranges from professional freelancers and published authors, to writers aspiring to be published and those who write as a creative outlet.

Professor Evans Presents Paper at 2010 IP Scholars Conference

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Today Professor Evans presents her article title “Sampling, Looping and Mashing … Oh My! How Hip Hop is Scratching More Than the Surface of Copyright Law” at the 2010 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable held at Drake University Law School. This roundtable brings together intellectual property and technology law scholars from around the world to present their works-in-progress. This interdisciplinary roundtable provides academics with a forum for sharing their latest research and an opportunity for peer networking.

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