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Webinar: Significant Developments in Copyright: A Look Back at 2019

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.

Presented by the Copyright Interest Group.

This webinar will cover 2019’s most significant developments in Copyright, including the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Fourth Estate and Rimini Street, and how the district courts are interpreting them, the passage of the EU Copyright Directive and its implications for U.S. practitioners, the issuance by the U.S. Copyright Office of its first review of Moral Rights in the U.S. in 30 years, important new circuit court cases on substantial similarity, primary and secondary infringement, and work for hire, the proposed creation of a copyright small claims court (CASE Act), and some predictions as to what 2020 may bring.

Marcus Peterson is a copyright and trademark litigator at Cooley LLP in Los Angeles.  He offers clients a full-range trademark and copyright practice, including counseling, clearance, prosecution, enforcement, and litigation. Marcus litigates in state and federal court in disputes regarding trademarks, copyrights, right of publicity, false advertising, Stored Communications Act, and breach of contract, and has obtained successful results at the pleading stage, on summary judgment, and at trial. Marcus currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Copyright Interest Group for the IP Section of the California Lawyers Association. Prior to law school, Marcus studied cinema and television in college, made several student films, hosted a college radio program, worked in the highlight department of a top cable sports network, wrote news for the top news radio station in Los Angeles, and was a sports writer for a Southern California newspaper. Those experiences shaped his interest in intellectual property law.

John R. Wierzbicki is co-director of the Witkin Legal Institute, which was founded by legendary legal scholar B. E. Witkin. John heads up the Institute’s legal educational activities, manages the attorneys and other professionals who write and produce Witkin’s California Library, and writes for the Institute on the topics of constitutional law, contracts, civil trial procedure, and taxation. Before joining the Institute in March 2018, John led Thomson Reuters’ U.S. Legal author relationships and contracts group for nearly a decade. He was also an Editorial Director. Before that, John was in private practice in San Jose. John is the programming chair for the CLA’s Copyright Interest Group. For the past several years, John has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts, and other arts organizations and colleges, to conduct legal workshops for artists and other creatives in New York, D.C., and California. John is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley (B.A.), the University of Virginia (M.A.), and Georgetown University (J.D.).

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