SEPTEMBER MEETING IS ONE WEEK LATER THAN USUAL: September 19, 2016.
OCTOBER MEETING WILL BE ON REGULAR SCHEDULE: October 10, 2016.
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.
Monday, September 19, 2016
DOMA Beverly Hills
362 North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210
Check-In: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Program: 8:00 PM
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.