Intellectual Property Law

2020 IP in Entertainment and Media Conference

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Luskin Conference Center, UCLA
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Earn 6.0 hours MCLE credit, includes Competence Issues

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We‚Äôre excited to invite you to the bi-annual IP in Entertainment and Media conference! Presented by the IP Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, this conference will cover cutting-edge legal issues in the entertainment and media industries. Panel topics include fair use in film and television, eSports contracts and representation, handling user-generated content, copyright termination/recapture, MCLE ‚Äúcompetence‚ÄĚ credit focused on legal practice in the film industry and more.

Program Schedule

7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Registration Opens

Remember to drop by the registration desk to pick up your badge and check in.

7:45 – 8:30 a.m. | Continental Breakfast

Breakfast is served. Don’t forget that first cup of coffee in the morning.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. | An Interview on the State of the Film and Television Industry: Modern Solutions to Modern Challenges
Mei-lan Stark

Join Mei-lan Stark from NBC Universal for an enlightening interview discussing the most substantial modern issues within the film and television industry. As Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel on Intellectual Property for NBC Universal, Ms. Stark works directly with Universal Studios, NBC, Dreamworks, and many more. She has a finger on the pulse of the industry in a way very few can compete with. New distribution models, branding concerns, issues from new technology, overall IP strategy, and more will be discussed. Come enjoy the insights of this Vanguard award-winning attorney and industry expert.

Keynote Speaker: Mei-lan Stark, Senior Vice President & Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property, NBCUniversal

Interviewer: Sharon J. Glancz, Director, Syndication Licensing and Business Affairs, NBC Entertainment

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. | Break

15 minute break to stretch out those legs or grab another cup of coffee.

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. | Pushing the Envelope: Navigating Fair Use in the Golden Age of Media

In this golden age of film, television, and interactive entertainment, creators have to surmount incredible obstacles to finance, produce, and distribute original content. Telling a compelling narrative, whether true or imagined, usually requires the use of music, artwork, photographs, videos, and other existing materials protected by copyright. While obtaining a license may appear to be the safest bet, sometimes permission is not possible to obtain, too expensive, or impractical. Fair use offers an alluring alternative, but with massive copyright damage awards painting the headlines, is fair use really viable? Join us for this exciting panel as copyright and entertainment lawyers discuss the role of fair use in the golden age of media.


  • Lisa A. Callif, Partner, Donaldson + Callif, LLP
  • Jeremy S. Goldman, Partner in the Litigation Group, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. | Break

Another 15 minutes break. Use this time to connect with another fellow legal professional.

11:00 a.m. – 12 noon | Avoiding the UGH! in UGC: Best Practices for Handling User Generated Content

User generated content can create an inclusive and immersive experience for a company‚Äôs customer base, which is why so many companies in the entertainment field are now providing products and services that feature it. However, there are as many risks as there are rewards for developing a UGC platform or service. In this engaging panel, Micah Schaffer and Hailun Ying will discuss their experiences handling UGC legal issues, the legal ‚Äúrisks and rewards‚ÄĚ of user generated content, and the best practices for avoiding pitfalls from UGC.


  • Micah Schaffer, Trust and Safety Consultant
  • Hailun Ying, Corporate Counsel, Roblox

Moderator: Emily Yu, Director of Policy & Compliance, Roblox

12 noon – 1:00 p.m. | Luncheon
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | From Basements to Stadiums: Understanding the Esports Industry

The world of esports has grown by the day over the last decade. It has broken records for prize pools, colleges have begun creating their own teams, esports talent has reached genuine superstar status, and revenue is expected to approach $2B by 2021. An incredible opportunity for attorneys looking to work in a burgeoning industry has arisen. Working in the esports industry, both with individual esports athletes and esports teams comes with a plethora of new legal challenges. From simply understanding the industry itself to the complexities of negotiating and drafting contracts for esports talent to handling sponsorship and more, our panel will guide you through this exciting practice area.


  • Harris Peskin, Partner, ESG Law
  • Anais Masiello, Esports Co-Lead, Nixon Peabody
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. | Break

A much needed mid-afternoon break.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. | Deep Waters: Navigating a Copyright Termination and Recapture Case . . . and Beyond

Copyright termination and recapture under 17 U.S.C. Sections 203 and 304 is a complex process filled with traps for the unwary. And once you recapture that copyright, then what? Generating revenues from a recaptured copyright brings its own set of challenges. Join lawyer and law professor Marc H. Greenberg, author of Copyright Termination and Recapture Laws: Good Intentions Gone Awry (ABA Publishing 2016), and Brooke Wentz, experienced music publishing executive and founder of The Rights Workshop, for a discussion of how to initiate, prosecute, and successfully recapture transferred copyrights, and the tasks necessary to maintain and extract new value from those works.


  • Marc H. Greenberg, Professor of Law and Founding Director of the IP Law Program, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Brooke Wentz, Principal, The Rights Workshop
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. | Break

Last break of the day!

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Better Not Call Saul: Lawyer Competence in TV and Film
This panel offers 1.0 hour in Competence Issues.

Attorneys dealing with depression, substance abuse, and mental or emotional challenges are often iconic characters in TV and film. In this interesting and groundbreaking program, Erin Daruszka and Neel Chatterjee will discuss issues of lawyer competence using examples from popular television shows and movies. The program will include an open conversation about identifying and addressing issues related to lawyer competence, the problem of stigma, and how to seek help.


  • Neel Chatterjee, Partner, Goodwin Procter, LLP
  • Erin Daruszka, Senior Human Resources Manager, Goodwin Procter, LLP
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Networking Reception

Program Planning Committee

  • Jonathan Lurie, Law Offices of Lurie and Ferri, LLP
  • Michele Ferri, Law Offices of Lurie and Ferri, LLP
  • Elizabeth J. Rest, Crown, LLP
  • Owen Seitel, Crown, LLP
  • Emily Yu, Roblox

Essential Information

Registration Fees

  • $395 for Current Intellectual Property Law Section Member
  • $490 for Non-Section Member (includes enrollment in the Intellectual Property Law Section)
  • $270 for Law School Faculty, Paralegal, Government, or Non-Profit
  • $100 for CYLA Members and Students (Non-Attorney)

How to Register

  1. Register Online Here
  2. Mail completed registration and mail to:
    Program Registrations, CLA
    400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650
    Sacramento, CA 95814
  3. Email completed registration to In order to email your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.
  4. Onsite registration will be on a space available basis. Call (916) 516-1757 to confirm space availability. Registration fees will not vary between pre-registrations and onsite registrations


Pre-registration closes on Monday, May 25, 2020.

Cancellations/Refund Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than Monday, May 25, 2020 and are subject to a $50 service charge. Refunds will not be available after May 25, 2020.


For registration information please call (916) 516-1757. For information regarding the program or the Intellectual Property Law Section, call (916) 516-1746.

Special Assistance

For special assistance, please call (916) 516-1746.

Program Materials

Registrants will receive a USB storage device with an electronic version of all program materials the day of the conference. Before the conference, registrants will receive a link with information on how to review and download the program materials. It may be helpful to review a program’s reference material before the conference. This website is not available to the public, and access is given only to conference registrants. Late-breaking supplemental materials not available before the conference will be added at a later date.

This event may be recorded. By attending this event, you consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded, and to any use, by the CLA, of your likeness, voice, and name in any and all media including social media. If you do not want your name or photo to be used, please let us know in advance. We cannot, however, honor requests to opt out of the use of your image or voice if you choose to ask a question during one of the event sessions.

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CLA Membership is $99 and includes one section. Additional sections are $99 each.