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San Diego Comic-Con Panel Preview

San Diego Comic-Con Panel Preview

For the 5th year in a row, I will have the opportunity to participate in a panel during the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con (or, if you insist, Comic-Con International). The panel will be moderated, as always, by Michael Lovitz, and the panelists will include David Branfman and Professor Marc Greenberg. Please join us on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 10:30am to noon in Room 11AB.

In response to popular demand, here is a sneak preview of some of the topics we intend to cover:

  • Social Media Law and the Pinterest Problem
  • Barbie vs. The Bratz – Some Take-Away Tips After Years of Litigation & Millions of $$ in Legal Fees
  • The Village People case on copyright terminations.
  • The Federal Protect Act and its impact on comics creators: obscenity in drawings.
  • The importance of the “work for hire” doctrine and its intersection with copyright grant termination rights under 17 USC 203 and 304.
  • The distinction between parody (the Winters Bros. case) and satire (the Cat in the Hat/O.J. Simpson case).
  • Derivative rights and the right of copyright in characters.
  • Selected issues in negotiating comics publishing deals.

The official Comic-Con program notice about this event is as follows:

10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School 303: Super Lawyer Team-Up— You’ve learned the basics and have a better understanding of contracts and agreements. Now it’s time to learn more about some of the more complex issues facing every creator and business owner. Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the classic The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, returns to address some of the more advanced (and often confusing) issues facing the creative and business communities, particularly in light of the ever-expanding worlds of new media. And this time, he’s not alone, as attorneys David Branfman, David Lizerbram, and Professor Marc Greenberg join him to share insights into some of the more cutting-edge legal issues faced by, and discuss recent legal decisions of importance to, the creators and businesses. The panel will touch on as many of the following topics as time allows: lawsuits and infringements; fair use or misuse; knockoffs, tarnishment, and dilution; satires, parodies, and fair use; blogs, podcasts, tweets, and cybersquatters; and fan art/fan fiction. Plus, time permitting, discussion about recent legal decisions and pending cases that are likely to affect the field of popular culture and how they might play an important role in your creative and business plans. (Note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]) Room 11AB

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