Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Filtering Films: What Consumers Would Cut if Only They Could

Speaker: Professor Doug Lichtman, UCLA School of Law

Doug Lichtman


In 2016, the technology startup VidAngel offered a movie streaming service that empowered users to mute potentially offensive audio and cut potentially offensive video from Hollywood films. Copyright litigation forced VidAngel’s service offline in December of that year. But, in the preceding eleven-and-a-half months, VidAngel managed to transmit roughly four million filtered streams and, for each of them, to record not only which filters were applied, but also how many minutes of the resulting film each user then watched. In this talk, Professor Lichtman will use the VidAngel data to examine the market for filtered motion picture content. Are filters used primarily to filter intimacy or violence? Are users more likely filter the word “f*ck” or the word “Christ”? And how do filters impact a viewer’s overall experience, for example as measured by how much of the movie they in the end choose to watch?


Doug Lichtman is a tenured professor of law at UCLA. He joined the faculty in 2007, having previously spent ten years teaching and writing at the University of Chicago. His areas of specialty are patent law and copyright law. Lichtman’s academic work has been featured in journals including the Journal of Law & Economics, the Yale Law Journal, and the Harvard Business Review. He also writes for mainstream publications like the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. In addition to his academic pursuits, Mr. Lichtman maintains an active consulting practice, advising Fortune 100 clients and major institutional investors on patent, copyright and antitrust strategy. He also manages a private litigation finance fund. Professor Lichtman has undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University, and a JD from Yale Law School. He can be reached via email at

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Maggiano’s Little Italy
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, California 90036
Check-in: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Program: 8:00 PM
The price for the dinner will be $85.00 for members and “associates,” $110.00 for guests of members, and $95.00 at the door for members and associates who miss the noon deadline (if there is room).
You may cancel your registration at any time. However, refunds will not be issued for cancellations requested after the registration deadline. Alternatively, you may designate someone else to attend in your place.
This event qualifies for one hour of California MCLE credit. CLE forms, including the evaluation form, can be found here.


Deadline: Friday, October 5 @ Noon (12 pm)
or When Capacity is Reached
No refunds available after the deadline.



James Gladstone
Lionsgate Entertainment

Aaron Moss
Greenberg Glusker

Vice President
Catherine Bridge
The Walt Disney Company

Joel Tantalo
Tantalo & Adler LLP

Ben Sheffner
Motion Picture Association of America

Kelly Klaus
Munger Tolles & Olson

Andrew J. Thomas
Jenner & Block

Carole Handler
Cowan, Debaets, Abrahams & Sheppard

Barbara Quinn

Ian Slotkin

Vivian Lee
21st Century Fox

John Ulin
Arnold & Porter

Laura Brill
Kendall Brill & Kelly

Jay Spillane
Spillane Law Group

Immediate Past President:
Cathy Paul
Sony Pictures Entertainment