SEPTEMBER MEETING IS ONE WEEK LATER THAN USUAL: September 19, 2016.
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Emilie Kennedy, Pillar Law Group

THE NATION’S MOST PROLIFIC COPYRIGHT PLAINTIFF

Monday, September 19, 2016


 

A single plaintiff has been responsible in the past five years for nearly half the copyright lawsuits filed in the United States.

 

Is it a major movie studio that aggressively enforces its rights?
Maybe a record company going after teenage downloaders?
A software company angry others are installing copies without paying?

 

No, the nation’s most prolific copyright plaintiff is a small producer of adult films called Malibu Media, LLC.

 

It has filed over 5,000 lawsuits since 2012 against individuals for “sharing” its works over the BitTorrent network without permission. The lawsuits have largely succeeded, resulting in favorable settlements or judgments for Malibu, bringing a tidy profit from its litigation campaign. But its aggressiveness also has been highly controversial, causing proponents claiming to defend internet freedom to deride Malibu as a “copyright troll” bent on extorting settlements from parties who would rather pay up than expose themselves to public scorn from allegations they are sharing pornography over the internet.

 

Emilie Kennedy, an associate at Pillar Law Group APLC in Beverly Hills, and Malibu Media’s long-time outside counsel, will explain how Malibu’s anti-piracy campaign functions, how courts have dealt with this flood of lawsuits, what new copyright law has been made in the process, and will take on Malibu’s critics. Leading the discussion with Ms. Kennedy will be Ben Sheffner, Vice President, Legal Affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America.

 

Emilie Kennedy is an attorney with Pillar Law Group, APLC and has focused her legal career on protecting the content of movie studios, record labels, music publishers and songwriters. Her work is inspired, in large part, by her prior experience serving as Vice President, Business Affairs for a nationally recognized independent record label. She holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont, a Master’s in Music Business from the University of Miami and a J.D. from Florida International University and is a member of the Florida bar. During law school, she spent a summer studying copyright law at the University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, England and as a law clerk for the United States Copyright Office, Office of the General Counsel. Recently, she was awarded “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property Litigation.

 
MEETING DATE:
Monday, September 19, 2016
 
MEETING LOCATION:
DOMA Beverly Hills
362 North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210
 
AGENDA:
Check-In: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Program: 8:00 PM
 
PRICING:
The price for the dinner will be $75.00 for members and $85.00 for guests of members, associates, and members who miss the noon deadline.
 

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Deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ Noon


 

2016-2017 OFFICERS & TRUSTEES

Officers: 
President
GARY BOSTWICK
Bostwick Law

President-Elect
CATHY PAUL
NBCUniversal

Vice President
JAMES GLADSTONE
Lionsgate

Secretary
AARON MOSS
Greenberg Glusker

Treasurer
CATHERINE BRIDGE
Walt Disney Company

Trustees:
VALERIE BARREIRO
USC Gould School of Law

JANENE BASSETT
Fox Group Legal

LAURA DAWSON
MGM

MICHAEL GARFINKEL
Perkins Coie

SUSAN SEAGER
University of Southern California, Adjunct Faculty

BEN SHEFFNER
Motion Picture Association of America

JOEL TANTALO
Tantalo & Adler LLP

JOEL WEINER
Katten Muchin

JASON ZELIN
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Immediate Past President:
JAMES LICHTMAN
NBCUniversal