Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are a contemporary point of confusion and controversy. The Kernochan Center Symposium serves as a guide to this growing, creative, and potentially lucrative, market, and discussed what role copyright can play in protecting these assets. For more details, including a list of speakers and panelists, and a schedule, please visit the dedicated symposium page. The event took place on Zoom.
We apologize for the delay in making the video available. We hope to have the panels and keynote speeches available as individual videos soon.
Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest
The Recording Academy® Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest challenges law students to identify and research a pressing legal issue facing the music industry today and outline a proposed solution in a 3,000-word essay. A nationwide panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and two runners-up. The winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, tickets to the Grammys including travel, and the publication of their paper in the ABA Entertainment & Sports Lawyer Journal. The runners up will receive $2,500 scholarships. All three will receive a mentorship session with an ELI Executive Committee attorney member. Please visit the official site for deadlines and details.
2021 Annual Phil Cowan-Judith Bresler Memorial Scholarship Writing Competition
The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (EASL)’s Phil Cowan–Judith Bresler Memorial Scholarship, named after two esteemed former EASL Chairs, offers up to two awards of $2,500 each on an annual basis in Phil Cowan’s and Judith Bresler’s memories to law students who are committed to a practice concentrating in one or more areas of entertainment, art or sports law. Each Scholarship candidate must write an original paper on any legal issue of current interest in the area of entertainment, art or sports law. Each scholarship candidate will receive a complimentary membership in the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section through December 31, 2022. The deadline to submit the essay is January 5, 2022. The winner(s) will be announced and the scholarship(s) awarded during the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law virtual meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. For further information, please visit the competition's website, or contact Dana Alamia.
On September 20th, 2021 at 6:30 PM, current and prospective students are invited to join us for a night with some CLS alumni currently employed in intellectual property and entertainment law. Our guest speakers for 2021 are:
Daniel Nemet-Nejat '10 - Vice President and Senior Counsel, HBO
Idara Udofia '13 - Associate, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Olena Ripnick-O'Farrell '14 - IP Product Counsel, Facebook
On April 23, 2021, the Kernochan Center hosted an online half-day roundtable discussion of the ALI's Restatement of the Law, Copyright project. Panelists included federal judges, leading scholars, and notable practitioners.
Our first online Manges Lecture, “Beyond Whack-a-Mole:Content Protection in the Age of Platform Accountability,” was given by Karyn Temple '97 on Monday, March 15th, 2021. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
Karyn Temple '97 is the Global General Counsel of the Motion Picture Association of America and former Register of Copyrights. She spoke in her personal capacity.
New Feature: Showcase
At the Kernochan Center, faculty and staff produce original scholarship in the field of intellectual property. We involve our students in our research and we also strive to recognize their excellent scholarship in their own endeavors. From time to time, we will highlight some of that scholarship on our website. Please visit our Showcase to read the work our faculty and staff have selected.
October 21, 2021: Philippa Loengard spoke at the New York County Lawyers' Association Art Law Day on "Copyright Year in Review."
September 20, 2021: Philippa Loengard addressed the New York City Bar Association's Sports Law Committee on the Phillips v. Harrison-Erickson case.
September 14, 2021: Philippa Loengard participated in the New York City Bar Association's Hot Topics in Art Law Panel.
2020: Jane Ginsburg published Deep Dive: Burrow-Giles Lithographing v. Sarony (US 1884) Copyright Protection for Photographs and Concepts of Authorship in an Age of Machines (Twelve Tables Press 2020).
May 2, 2020: Jane Ginsburg gave an online mini-course at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) on Platform and Search Engine Liability for Copyright Infringement in the US and EU.
February 25, 2020: Spring IP Speaker Series: Google v. Oracle, with Joseph Gratz (Drurie Tangri) and Steve Tepp (Sentinel Worldwide).
February 4, 2020: Spring IP Speaker Series: Copyright and Legal Annotation, with Shyam Balganesh (University of Pennsylvania Law School) and Joshua Johnson (Vinson & Elkins LLP).
January 28, 2020: Spring IP Speaker Series: Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act with Nancy Wolff (Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLC) and Jonathan Band (Jonathan Band PLLC).