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Code Red: Amici Views On Google v. Oracle
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9/24/2020
When: Thursday, September 24th, 2020
12:00 - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Where: Zoom Webinar
United States


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ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

After nearly a decade of litigation, the Google v. Oracle case is nearing its much-anticipated oral arguments before the Supreme Court in October. The Copyright Society eagerly welcomes some esteemed amici from both sides of this high-stakes copyright battle to offer a deep dive into this milestone case and the potential impacts of a Supreme Court ruling on the broader copyright landscape.

 

SPEAKERS:

As Deputy General Counsel & Open Internet Counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology, Stan Adams works to promote access to information, permissionless innovation, and secure, non-discriminatory communications technologies. Working closely with CDT’s team of technologists, he focuses on policy approaches that acknowledge and respect the real-world capabilities and limitations of technology. He also advocates for copyright and trade policies that balance interests of creators and users, while preserving the ability of individual people to create, contribute, and share experiences and expressions online. Stan leads CDT’s GRAIL Network project, which facilitates engagement between policy makers and the scientists, researchers, and academics who focus on artificial intelligence. While pursuing a J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center, Stan worked as a teaching and research assistant, helping to teach law students how to design and build applications to enhance access to justice. Stan has extensive experience in the construction industry and B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia. In his spare time, Stan enjoys trying to keep up with internet culture and applications of emerging technologies.

David Nimmer is Of Counsel to Irell & Manella LLP. He also serves as Professor from Practice at UCLA School of Law and Distinguished Scholar at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Since 1985, Prof. Nimmer has authored and updated Nimmer on Copyright, the standard reference treatise in the field, routinely cited by domestic and foreign courts at all levels, first published in 1963 by his late father, Professor Melville B. Nimmer. Widely recognized as a foremost expert in copyright law, Prof. Nimmer represents clients in the entertainment, publishing and high-technology fields. He has twice served as co-counsel for clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, and he has given congressional testimony on several occasions. Prof. Nimmer was named one of "The 25 Most Influential People in IP" by The American Lawyer. He attended Stanford University and Yale Law School.

Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, a Partner at Alter, Kendrick & Baron LLP, is a litigator and transactional attorney whose practice is focused on copyright law and policy.Ms. Charlesworth’s clients include leading music, entertainment and software companies, as well as individual recording artists and songwriters. In addition to handling litigation and complex licensing transactions, Ms. Charlesworth advises on copyright-related legislative and regulatory matters.In 2018, she was named a Billboard Woman Executive of the Year for her role in helping to craft and secure passage of the Music Modernization Act, landmark legislation to update U.S. music licensing rules. Previously, Ms. Charlesworth served as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights of the U.S. Copyright Office, where she had primary responsibility for interpretation of the U.S. Copyright Act and oversaw a wide range of litigation, legislative, regulatory and policy matters, including the Office’s participation in Supreme Court cases. Ms. Charlesworth has lectured extensively on music and copyright law, including at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, and other law schools. Ms. Charlesworth also serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Copyright Society and the songwriter advocacy organization Songwriters of North America (SONA). Ms. Charlesworth received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an Executive Committee Editor of The Yale Law Journal. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ben Sheffner is Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Copyright & Legal Affairs, at the Motion Picture Association, Inc., where he specializes in copyright and other intellectual property policy and runs the MPA’s amicus brief program. Ben also serves as counsel to the MPA Title Registration Bureau and manages the association’s trademark portfolio. Prior to joining the MPA in 2011, Ben held in-house legal positions at NBCUniversal and Twentieth Century Fox, and worked as an associate in the Century City office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he litigated copyright and other cases for major movie studios, television networks, and record labels. In 2008, Ben served as Special Counsel on Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, where, among other responsibilities, he handled the campaign’s copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property issues. Ben served as a law clerk for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2000-2001.

Conor Tucker (Moderator) represents clients in complex civil and intellectual property litigation at Irell & Manella LLP.  He represents clients from a wide variety of industries in a wide variety of forums (including state and federal courts, the International Trade Commission, international arbitration tribunals, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board). Conor earned his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, served on the articles board of the Northwestern University Law Review and received the Raoul Berger Prize for his research on jurisdictional aspects of the Defend Trade Secrets Act. During law school, Conor externed in the chambers of the Hon. Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  

 

CLE CREDIT:

The Copyright Society is a Certified CLE Provider in New York and California. Program will satisfy 1.0 CLE credit. The intermediate program is transitional and appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

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Members: $25
Non-Members: $50
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