Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Not Trigonometry: Substantial Similarity and the Uncertain Future of the Inverse Ratio Rule.

Speaker: Laura W. Brill, founding partner, Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP


 
Courts are often asked to determine as a matter of law whether two works have so little in common that claims for copyright infringement can be dismissed at an early stage of the proceedings. Determinations about the proper role of facts, expert opinions, and the functions of judges and juries all come into play in such cases.



Some of the most high profile copyright cases before the Ninth Circuit in recent years that touch on these issues have also involved the so-called “inverse ratio rule.” The Ninth Circuit has struggled to answer whether and to what extent proof of access should lessen the degree of similarity necessary to make out a case of infringement.



This program will focus on recent decisions addressing the inverse ratio rule, substantive and procedural uncertainties the doctrine has created, prospects for clarification, and the reasons you should not ask your high school math teacher for copyright advice.



Laura W. Brill is a founding partner of Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP. A former law clerk to Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she is obsessed with copyright law and high school voter registration and generally prefers positive correlations to inverse ratios.




  
MEETING DATE:
Wednesday, February 13, 2020
 
MEETING LOCATION:
Maggiano’s Little Italy
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, California 90036

AGENDA:
Check-in: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Program: 8:00 PM
 
PRICING:
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).

 
CANCELATIONS & REFUNDS:
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.
  
MCLE CREDIT:
This event qualifies for one hour of California MCLE credit. CLE forms, including the evaluation form, can be found here.
  

{ REGISTER TO ATTEND }

Deadline: Thursday, February 6 @ 12:00 PM (Noon)
or when capacity is reached.
No refunds available after the deadline.

 


 
 

 

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Greenberg Glusker

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The Walt Disney Company

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Tantalo & Adler LLP

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Jenner & Block

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Barbara Quinn
Netflix

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Kendall Brill & Kelly

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Leopold, Petrich & Smith

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21st Century Fox

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Akerman LLP

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Riot Games

Ben Sheffner
Motion Picture Association of America

Ian Slotin
NBC Universal

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Spillane Law Group

John Ulin
Arnold & Porter

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Lionsgate Entertainment