Live Webinar - We're All In This Together: Joint Authorship Under the Copyright Act
Eleanor M. Lackman will be speaking on the panel, "We're All In This Together: Joint Authorship Under the Copyright Act," for The Copyright Society of the USA on May 21, 2020 via Zoom Webinar.
"We're All In This Together: Joint Authorship Under the Copyright Act?
Thursday, May 21, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm PT
Collaboration is a key ingredient of much of the world's most cherished works of art. While a solo artist might master a painting, compose a song, or write a book without help, many creative works--especially complex ones like motion pictures, modern sound recordings, video games, and theatrical works--could not possibly exist without effective teamwork and the contributions of many. Despite their importance, the principles of "joint works" under the Copyright Act, including the circumstances under which two or more individuals are deemed to be co-owners of the copyright in a work, are murky and frequently misunderstood, leading to uncertainty, disputes, and litigation. In this lively panel led by two copyright lawyers and a musicologist, each with extensive and unique experience litigating and resolving joint authorship cases, we will clarify the evolution and current state of the law on joint authorship, discuss real-life collaborations that went awry and how they were resolved, and explore emerging authorship issues as creators learn to collaborate "from six feet apart."
- Judith Finell, musicologist and president of Judith Finell MusicServices Inc.
- Jeremy S. Goldman, partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
- Eleanor M. Lackman, partner at Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP
*CLE credit for CA and NY will be provided