Despite the strong likelihood that the claims will be summarily dismissed and attorney’s fees awarded, lawyers regularly file copyright infringement suits claiming that the latest motion picture or television series was copied from their clients’ literary creations. The history of these cases raises questions of whether (a) aspiring screenwriters and their counsel tend to overreach in claiming infringement of ideas, scenes-a-faire, and otherwise unprotected elements of their works, or (b) the customary rejection of screenplay infringement claims is the result of unspoken judicial hostility to them. The presentation will focus upon the evolution of the concept of “substantial similarity,” the element that generally proves fatal to these claims.
Robert F. Helfing – Partner, Sedgwick LLP; Adjunct Professor of Copyright Law, Southwestern Law School
David Aronoff – Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Jay Dougherty – Professor of Law and Director, Entertainment/Media Law Institute & Concentration Program, Loyola Law School
When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Program at 12:30pm)
Where: Lawry’s the Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)
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$245 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
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Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq. & Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Program Chair: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq. – Partner, Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham LLP
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This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Credit and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.
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