Can You Do That? Copyright Litigation for Unauthorized Derivative Work

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: October 22, 2019
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  • Derivative Works Overview
  • Fair Use
  • Literary Works
  • Musical Works
  • Visual Arts
  • Moral Rights
  • Copyright Act - Title 17 U.S. Code
  • Case Studies
Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes
Recorded: October 22, 2019


Noted creators and artists--including J.K. Rowling, Andy Warhol, Richard Prince, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Koons--have been parties in prominent cases over derivative works. Join our panel as they discuss recent cases in music, literature, and visual arts, and offer practical tips for litigating cases involving derivative works, and drafting agreements for derivative works.

This program was recorded on October 22nd, 2019.

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Michael D. Steger

Law Offices of Michael D. Steger, PC

Since 2005 Michael D. Steger has provided effective legal solutions for businesses. Mr. Steger brings over two decades of legal experience to assist his client, with expertise in intellectual property, entertainment, corporate and litigation matters.

Prior to starting his own practice Mike Steger worked for national law firms in Los Angeles and spent five years as in-house counsel for Fox Television. This business experience provides leads to efficient, cost-effective service to his clients, whether they are startups or mid-size corporations.

Based in New York City, with an office in the Hudson Valley, the firm handles litigation in New York and intellectual property and business matters throughout the United States. Please explore the site for a more detailed description of Mr. Steger’s practice. If you have questions or would like to speak with an attorney, please call or email our offices to make an appointment.

David Harris

Senior Associate
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

David Harris has litigated in a wide range of legal fields, including intellectual property, products liability, and commercial disputes. He has represented major pharmaceutical companies in both enforcement of and defense against intellectual property claims, and most recently served as national/trial counsel in a multi-district product liability and mass tort litigation. Mr. Harris has represented leading media companies in resolving non-public disputes before they require litigation, including trademark, personality, and privacy rights in social media contexts and claims of defamation in international news reporting.

Mr. Harris has also defended senior executives in high-profile securities litigation, and has represented or advised clients in other industries such as telecommunications, retail systems, aerospace, biotechnology, and electronic games. He has comprehensive litigation and counseling expertise, including evaluation of potential litigations, prelitigation dispute resolution; long-term strategic planning; drafting pleadings, motions, and jury instructions; managing eDiscovery; guiding experts through reports and depositions; settlement negotiation; and coordinating clients' litigation communication strategies.

He has also been involved in multiple pro bono litigations on behalf of deaf clients in federal court seeking ASL interpreters under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, he has spearheaded amicus briefs on national issues as a member of Arnold & Porter's LGBT Resource Group.

Marcus Chatterton

Balch & Bingham, LLP

Marcus Chatterton is a tech-minded litigator experienced in intellectual property, social media, smart grid, electronic data, and general technology issues. Marcus represents large and small businesses, inventors, and creative clients in copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret disputes. Working hard to keep his clients out of court, Marcus often advises them on strategies to protect intellectual property, handle large volumes of data from systems like the “smart grid” or automated metering technologies, or to navigate Internet commerce issues and information governance.

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