Monday, December 9, 2019

Making Sparks Fly: Creativity and Copyrightability in the Modern Era – A View from Inside the Copyright Office

Speaker: Catherine Zaller Rowland


Catherine Zaller Rowland, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education at the United States Copyright Office, will discuss what copyrightability means (what is a “spark”?) and how it applies to certain unique scenarios such as possible new classes of “works,” human authorship issues, and what is a sufficient level of originality for derivative works. Additionally, she will provide a window into the Copyright Office’s processes for registering works, including a discussion of the role of examiners, their training, what examiners do, the process of appeal, and other inner-workings of the Copyright Office that would be of interest to practitioners.

Ms. Rowland oversees the Copyright Office’s Public Information and Education (“PIE”) as it provides authoritative information about the copyright law to the public and establishes educational programs. PIE publishes the copyright law and other provisions of Title 17; maintains a robust and accurate public website; creates and distributes a variety of circulars, information sheets, and newsletters, including NewsNet; responds to public inquiries regarding provisions of the law, explains registration policies, procedures, and other copyright-related topics upon request; plans and executes a variety of educational activities; and engages in outreach with various copyright community stakeholders.

Rowland joined the Office in 2010 as attorney-advisor for the Office of the General Counsel. From 2012 to 2015, she served as senior counsel for policy and international affairs. In February 2015, Rowland was appointed senior advisor to the United States Register of Copyrights. In that position, she assisted the Register on a full range of policy, legal, and governance issues relating to the United States Copyright Office and its agency responsibilities. Her duties have included a wide range of statutory and regulatory functions, including assisting with policy studies and rulemakings, representing the United States as a member of intergovernmental delegations at trade negotiations, and co-chairing public hearings.

Before joining the Office, she spent several years in private law practice in Washington, DC, where she represented a variety of companies in intellectual property matters. Rowland began her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. N. Carlton Tilley Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Rowland earned her JD from William and Mary Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She earned her BA in political science from American University.

Monday, December 9, 2019
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, December 6 @ 12:00 PM (Noon)
or when capacity is reached.
No refunds available after the deadline.





Aaron Moss
Greenberg Glusker

Catherine Bridge
The Walt Disney Company

Vice President
Joel Tantalo
Tantalo & Adler LLP

Andrew J. Thomas
Jenner & Block

Barbara Quinn

Laura Brill
Kendall Brill & Kelly

Jamie Frieden
Leopold, Petrich & Smith

Vivian Lee
21st Century Fox

Caroline Mankey
Akerman LLP

Dan Nabel
Riot Games

Ben Sheffner
Motion Picture Association of America

Ian Slotin
NBC Universal

Jay Spillane
Spillane Law Group

John Ulin
Arnold & Porter

Immediate Past President:
James Gladstone
Lionsgate Entertainment