Wednesday, May 8, 2019

50-Year Retrospective of the Los Angeles Copyright Society

Speaker: David Nimmer

Michael J. Allan

The year was 1969. Bell bottoms were in. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid dominated the box office, but Midnight Cowboy won Best Picture. The Copyright Act of 1909 remained in effect, although the process of legislative revision was then in its fourteenth year. And the Los Angeles Copyright Society held its inaugural meeting. A lot has happened in fifty years. Happily, David Nimmer is prepared to condense it all into one hour! His talk will present a history of the five decades of LACS, with parallel coverage of major copyright events. It may even include snippets from past LACS presidents to supply a framework on which Prof. Nimmer can hang his exegesis. Rumor even has it that he himself began work on this project way back in 1969, just to assure the most comprehensive coverage possible.

David Nimmer serves as Of Counsel to the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella LLP, where he has represented clients in the entertainment, publishing and high technology fields—examples being his advocacy of before Judge Denny Chin in successfully opposing the Google Books Settlement, and twice as co-counsel before the U.S. Supreme Court (each resulting in a unanimous opinion on behalf of his clients). His other hat is as Professor from Practice at the UCLA School of Law and as a guest professor teaching copyright seminars at various universities around the United States and abroad. He delivered a talk at TEDxRoma in 2017 and has given congressional testimony three times, as well as parliamentary testimony in Sydney, Australia. He has authored over thirty law review articles; since 1985, he has authored and comprehensively updated Nimmer on Copyright, the standard reference treatise in the field, first published in 1963 by his late father, Professor Melville B. Nimmer. Cases within the United States have relied on Nimmer on Copyright as authority in over 3,500 judicial opinions.
Wednesday, May 8, 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.
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Deadline: Friday, May 3 @ 12:00 PM (Noon)
or when capacity is reached.
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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