January 24, 2018
Does the monopolization of the Internet worldwide by a few major players (Google, Facebook and Amazon) put the future of artistic creativity in music, film and book publishing at risk? Can professional journalism, and news reporting continue to exist when likes and individual posts have become major source of "news"for so many citizens? In short, can democracy survive social media?
These are among the questions that Jon Taplin, Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab will tackle in his talk at Vanderbilt Law School. Taplin's book Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy was published by Little, Brown & Co. in April of 2017. Taplin has produced music and film for Bob Dylan and The Band, George Harrison, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Gus Van Sant and many others. He was the founder of Intertainer, the first streaming Video On Demand Platform in 1996. Taplin's book will be available for purchase after his talk.
Mitch Glazier '91 is the President of the Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA), which works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment Rights of artists and music labels. The RIAA also conducts research, reviews laws and policies, and certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™, Diamond and Los Premios De Oro y Platino™ sales and streaming awards. Mitch will speak about RIAA's strategic policy initiatives, as well as the constantly evolving legal landscape that surrounds digital media.
A talk with Susy Frankel, Chair in Intellectual Property and International Trade, Victoria University of Wellington School of Law
"Trademarks in the Marijuana Industry," a talk featuring Amanda Conley and Shabnam Malek of Brand and Branch, Oakland, CA.
Amanda Conley is a partner at Brand & Branch and Founding Treasurer of the National Cannabis Bar Association. Amanda has a diversified practice focused on intellectual property and legal issues in emerging technologies and in the cannabis industry, including trademark and copyright counseling, enforcement, and litigation; advising on privacy and data security practices; recovering domain names through Uniform Dispute Resolution Proceedings; and representing clients in district court litigation and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Shabnam Malek is a partner at Brand & Branch and President of the National Cannabis Bar Association. She advises clients on domestic and international trademark clearance, registration, and enforcement. She also represents clients in disputes, develops worldwide expansion strategies, and negotiates and drafts agreements, including settlement agreements, co-existence agreements, trademark license agreements, and interstate license agreements. In addition to trademark law, Shabnam practices promotions law, privacy law, and all things internet.
Are you looking to take your business overseas but not sure how to protect your intellectual property (IP) rights? Or do you represent businesses and want to hear about the latest developments in global IP systems? At this event, WIPO senior representatives led an interactive program of discussions that were of interest to anyone involved in the international protection of IP rights.
Jerker Rydén, the senior legal adviser for the National Library of Sweden, discussed how licensing solutions developed in Nordic countries could be applied here in the United States (these solutions were recently
featured in a report
by the US Copyright office) to allow mass digitization and access to copyrighted material online.
Copyright law is meant to create incentives for authors. In some cases, it seems to work in the opposite direction. Professor Christophe Geiger, one of Europe’s most prominent copyright scholars, will discussed the ways copyright law & policy affects creativity.
Patent law has seen some extraordinary upheaval in recent years. Vanderbilt Law School’s Intellectual Property Program welcomed Judge Kathleen M. O’Malley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as she discussed her views of patent law from a judicial perspective as the 2015-16 Fenwick & West guest lecturer.
Co-sponsored by the VIPP and the Entertainment and Sports Law Society
Professor Christine Farley, Washington College of Law, American University will discuss whether trademarks that maybe considered offensive to or disparaging of certain groups can and should be protected and registered as trademarks. This includes the "Washington Redskins" and "the Slants" (music band) cases. In both cases the Federal Courts upheld the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to revoke or deny trademarking on the grounds that they are ineligible for federal trademark protection under the Lanham Act which bars protection from names that “may disparage” or bring people into contempt or disrepute.
Hyatt Event: The Effect of Streaming on Musicians and the Music Industry
"A Musical Shift: The Effect of Streaming on Musicians and the Music Industry," a panel discussion with Shannon Sadowski, co-founder of New Leaf Legal, and Kiran Gandhi, artist and M.B.A. The panel will discuss the ever-changing role of streaming music in today's music industry from two different perspectives: the artist and the lawyer. Both panelists will elaborate on how they feel streaming has changed the music industry and their careers and will use these past experiences to express to the audience where they feel the future lies.
Intellectual Property Supreme Court Review: Trademark & Patent Law
Greg Parker, an attorney at Bass, Berry, & Sims, presented about intellectual property cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court this year. Cases relate to patent and trademark law. The informational presentation included a facilitated discussion about recent developments in IP law.
Second Annual Vanderbilt IP Scholars Roundtable, hosted by the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program
2014-15 Fenwick and West Lecture in Intellectual Property:
Copyright Without the Author: A Counterfactual Inquiry
, Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at American University College of Law
Vanderbilt Law School and its Intellectual Property Program hosted a panel in conjunction with the CIAM World Congress of Songwriters and Composers Annual Conference. Daniel Gervais, who directs the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, moderatea a panel discussion by:
2013-14 Fenwick and West Lecture in intellectual Property: The International Copyright Problem, featuring Professor Susy Frankel, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Account Sharing on Online Subscription Services: A Panel Discussion sponsored by the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Association
A Hyatt Fund event sponsored by the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Association
The Economist: Skee-ball wizards - July 24, 2014 - An adult Skee-ball league called Brewskee-ball is facing legal action from the game manufacturer for copyright infringement. Daniel Gervais, professor of law, is quoted.
"Copyright Criminals" - February 26, 2014 5:00 p.m. - Hyatt Room
Is digital sampling theft? Not all borrowing is stealing, but some of it may be. Where is the line and what can law do about it? Projection of a movie on sampling followed by a discussion with Professor Daniel Gervais.
Hyatt Event - "A True Vision: Perspectives on the Marrakesh Treaty for Persons with Vision Disabilities"
2014 JETLaw Symposium - Patents 101: Eligibility from Computer Code to Genetic Code
2014 Fenwick and West Lecture Series: The International Copyright Problem, featuring Professor Susy Frankel, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Daniel Gervais elected to the Academy of Europe - September 29, 2013 - Daniel Gervais, professor of law and director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, was elected to the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea), a prestigious European society of scientists and scholars which was founded in 1988.Gervais is the first and only North American law professor to become a member of the Academy.