Entertainment Law Reporter
September 2006 Volume 28 Number 4

Educational Programs Calendar:

The Kids Are Alright-Or Are They? Regulation of Videogame Content, September 21, Le Meridien at Beverly Hills, 465 S.  La Cienega, Los Angeles. Sponsored by the Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the speakers Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., James W. Colbert, III, Tristan Higgins-Goodell, and Louise Nemschoff will discuss new attempts to regulate the content of Videogames. For additional information, call (213) 896-6560 or register online at http://calendar.lacba.org.

Sports Law Leadership Summit, September 27-28, Westin New York at Times Square, New York. Sponsored by the American Conference Institute, the program provides insights on Keeping Athletes on the Playing Field and Out of Trouble; Protecting Players; Protecting Fans; Management Sponsorship Agreements; Player Endorsement Contracts-Maximizing Exposure & Revenue, While Minimizing Risk; Negotiating Sports-Related Brand Integration Deals in a New Media Environment; Protecting Intellectual Property Rights for Athletes, Leagues, and Brands; Covering All the Bases When Negotiating Broadcast Rights; Collective Bargaining Roundtable Discussion; Combining Ethics With High-Profit Yields When Representing Athletes as an Attorney, Agent, or Both; Understanding the Antitrust Implications of Sports Leagues; Financing Sports Franchises & Related Transactions-Adapting to a Playing Field That is Always Changing; and Understanding the Dynamics of Collegiate Sports-Preparing for the Big Leagues. Additionally there will be a Master Class taught by Lisa Rovinsky of Manatt Phelps & Phillips in NYC and George K.H. Schell, senior managing counsel of the Coca Cola Company on Drafting & Negotiating Complex Endorsement and Sponsorship Agreements. For additional information, contact the American Conference Institute, 41 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, call 888-224-2480, or e-mail customercare@AmericanConference.com

Film & Television Law: Entertainment in the Digital Age, September 28-29, Loews Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles. CLE International offers this Third Annual Conference with presentations on Trademarks: Parody, Humor and Other Trademark Issues; Financing Feature Films; Hot Entertainment Industry Guild and Employment Issues; Recent Developments in Contract Litigation; Copyright and Infringement Claims; Google Library and Other Search Engines; Intellectual Protection Piracy; Motion Picture Development and Production; Ethics; Privacy on the Internet; Protecting Intellectual Property in the Digital Age; The Right of Publicity and Licensing Issues. For additional information, contact CLE International, 1620 Gaylord Street, Denver, Colorado 80206, call 800-873-7130 or e-mail registrar@cle.com.

2006 Annual Meeting of the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, October 12-14, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel and Spa, Los Angeles. The Forum Meeting opens on Friday with a Young Lawyer/Law Student Orientation followed by Substance Abuse Prevention…What to Do When a Colleague or Family Member is in Trouble?; New Technology-Entertainment Megatrends In and Around the Digital Home; Entertainment Law Litigation Review; Professional Sports Franchise General Counsel Forum; Webisodes and Ringtones and Downloads Oh My: The New World of Merchandise and Licensing; the Presentation of Ed Rubin Award to Joel A. Katz of Greenberg Traurig; Music Licensing in the 21st Century; Profit Wars-Cutting Edge Deals in Film and Television; Las Vegas-Part II; Current Legal Issues in Amateur and Olympic Sport; Clearing Rights to Music in a Digital World: Legislative Solutions or Industry Agreements; Squeezing the Lemon-Traditional Film and Television-Untraditional Delivery Platforms; In the Museum Boardroom: A Roundtable on New Non-Profit Laws and Prescriptions for Transparency; and Emergency Trends in Sport Sponsorship & Athlete Endorsement Alliances.  Friday evening discounted tickets are available for the American Cinematheque Moving Picture Ball honoring George Clooney. Saturday panels will examine Entertainment Law Ethics: Codes, Cases and Conscience; The Digitization of Sports: a Legal and Business Affairs Perspective; Negotiating and Structuring Music Copyright Acquisition and Sale Agreements: The Deal from Start to Finish; The Search for El Dorado: The Endless Search for Feature Film Financing; and Money: Where to Find It, How to Get It and What to Do with It Now That You’ve Got It. For additional information, register online at www.abanet.org/forums/entsports or call Teresa Ucok at 312-988-5658 or e-mail her at tucok@staff.abanet.org.

Legal and Business Issues in the Video Game Industry, Saturday, October 21, Loyola Law School , Los Angeles. Sponsored by Loyola Law School and Southwestern Law School, the program will delve into Technology with Types of Videogames; Platforms: Consoles, Handheld, Wireless and PC/Internet; Basic Business Structures/Economics; Rights; Movie-into-Game Licensing; Games into Movie Licensing; Sports; Developer-Publisher Agreements; Music Deals; Talent Deals; and Emerging Businesses: Wireless Games, Digital Distribution and Casual Games. For additional information, contact Vlasta Lebo at Loyola Law School (213) 736-1423, vlasta.lebo@lls.edu.

Legal Solutions to New Advertising Challenges: In the Palm of Your Hand, December 5-6, Marriott East Side, New York, NY. This American Conference Institute’s 18th National Advanced Corporate Counsel Forum begins with a pre-conference workshop on December 4th entitled Walk a Mile in the Regulators’ Shoes-A Holiday Advertising Treasure Hunt. The conference begins with the panel Where the Regulators Stand-Increased Responsibility Requirements for Advertising & Marketing; followed by Trend or Transformation? Media Power in the Hands of Consumers; Advertising Past, Present & Future-How Prepared Are We for the Next Wave?; Puffery or a Claim? Making the Fine Line Distinction; Advertising & Marketing on a Global Scale-Getting It Right the First Time; Prepare to Be Ambushed-A Real-Time Look at What Happens When Your Sponsorship Plan is Compromised; Back to Basics-A Common Sense Approach to Working with Talent Unions and Complying with Union Agreements; Maximizing the Attorney/Client Relationship on Advertising and Promotions Matters; Beyond the Lanham Act-A Practical Guide to a Lawyer’s Role in Developing Marketing Campaigns; Gaining Valuable Lessons From Advertising Litigation and Complying With the 50 States, including California! Following the program on Thursday, there will be a half-day session on Using Consumer Surveys and Clinical Studies for Substantiation Purposes by Nancy Dowling of the Dannon Company and Andrew Lustigman of The Lustigman Firm. For additional information, call the American Conference Institute at 888-224-2480, e-mail customercare@AmericanConference.com or check online at AmericanConference.com/adlaw.

Copyright-From Traditional Concepts to the Digital Age, December 7-8, The Argent Hotel, San Francisco.  LexisNexis in conjunction with Mealey’s Litigation Report: Copyright, Nimmer on Copyright by LexisNexis Matthew Bender and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, present this second annual seminar with David Nimmer of Irell & Manella and author of Nimmer on Copyright, Lon Sobel, Professor of Law at Southwestern University School of Law and the editor of the Entertainment Law Reporter and Peter Menell, Professor of Law and Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall.)  The first day is entitled From Basics to the Digital Age, delving into Copyright Protection; Infringement and Defense; and Digital Copyright. The Friday session takes a look at Copyrights in Commerce with Copyright Companions and Preemption; Licensing; and Copyright Assets. In addition there is an Optional skills-based course presented by the National Institute of Trail Advocacy on Copyright Enforcement: Arguing the Preliminary Injunction chaired by Doris Cheng of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly, Wecht & Schoenberger of San Francisco. For additional information, call 1-800-MEALEYS or (610) 768-7800; e-mail mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com or online at www.mealeys.com/conferences.