Entertainment Law Reporter
January 2007 Volume 28 Number 8

Educational Programs Calendar:

12th Annual Conference of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, February 8-10, Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo , Florida . The program opens Thursday with an Advocacy Workshop followed on Friday and Saturday by workshops on Hot Issues in Newsgathering; Insurance; Libel and Privacy; Internet and Ethics; Tavoulareas v. Washington Post: 25 Years Later: The Trial Revisited; and The Working Journalist in Today’s Changing and Dangerous Environment: How Can He Protect Himself from Subpoenas and Worse? The Plenary Session examines the question Should First Amendment Rights Be Restricted During the War on Terror: Can the Press Be Punished for Publishing National Security Information? For additional information on the internet, click on www.abanet.org/forums/communication/home.html or call the ABA at 312-988-5666.

The Copyright Office Comes to California , Monday, March 5, Doubletree Guest Suites in Santa Monica and Wednesday, March 7, Doubletree Hotel, San Jose . The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California presents a one-day seminar delving into Current Copyright Law and Policy Activities of the Copyright Office; Current Direction of the Copyright Office; Copyright Registration: Issues for Practitioners and Copyright Owners; Legislative Activity in the 110th Congress; Copyright Litigation: The Year in Review; and Artistic License: A Look at Copyright and Contemporary Art. The luncheon speaker will be Stanford Law Professor Paul Goldstein discussing Law as Literature. For further details, go to www.calbar.ca.gov/ipsection.

USC 2007 Intellectual Property Institute, Tuesday, March 13, 2007, Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills. This annual seminar, sponsored by the USC Gould School of Law, includes presentations of interest to entertainment lawyers such as  Copyright or Right of Publicity: A Debate between David Nimmer and J. Thomas McCarthy on the Interrelationship between Copyright Law and the Right of Publicity; Grokster, Two Years Out and Future Impact: Legal and Business Developments; U.S. v. E.U. Intellectual Property and Competition Law; The Legal Implications of Social Networking Sites; and International Anti-Counterfeiting: Enforcement Strategies that Work. For additional information, go online to http://law.usc.edu/cle/ip.

Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2007, March 19-21, 2007, PLI New York Center , New York City. This three part annual program, sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, opens Day 1 with a look at the Television Industry; The Impact of the Internet & Digital Media on the Entertainment Industry; Personal Management and Agency Contracts; and Ethics. Day 2 will examine Sports Law issues such as Negotiating Player Contracts; Emerging Issues in Sponsorships and Endorsements; Sports, TV and Technology followed by Film: Key Legal Issues in the Development, Financing, Production and Distribution of Theatrical Motion Pictures. Day 3 looks at Sound Recordings and Music Publishing. For additional information, go to www.pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

Maximizing Branded Entertainment Deals, March 27-28, 2007 The Westin Times Square , New York City. The American Conference Institute offers this second annual program to highlight ways to Enhance Value, Optimize Brand Exposure and Minimize Risk of Entertainment Deals. The program will provide sessions on Tackling Convergence and New Media Roadblocks When Branding Entertainment; Ensuring That the Deal Covers the Intent of the Parties; The Nuts and Bolts of Television Integrations: Creative Control and Maximizing Profits; Ensuring Favorable and Meaningful Product Exposure Through the Use of Brand Integration; Valuing and Structuring Branded Entertainment Opportunities; Be Very Afraid: What to Know When Targeting Brands to Children; Averting Scrutiny and Sanctions from Regulators; Avoiding Common Pitfalls When Working With Talent and the Talent Unions; Preventing Commercial Misappropriation Claims When Integrating Brands & Products; and Branding Hollywood and Beyond-How Major Brands and Retailers Are Harnessing Opportunities and How to Profit from This Space. The program will be followed by an Interactive Workshop on March 29th: Deconstructing the Deal and Putting It Back Together-an Intensive Strategy Session on Negotiating Branded Entertainment Transactions. For additional information, check www.amercanconference.com/brand or call 888-224-2480.

LexisNexis Digital Rights Management Conference, April 23-24, The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. To request a conference brochure, go to www.lexisnexis.com/conferences or call 1-800-MEALEYS.