Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Scripts, Lies & Videogames

Biederman Institute & MLRC Conference - Scripts, Lies & VideogamesThursday, January 20, 2011

2:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Reception to follow
Southwestern Campus

Presented by Southwestern's Biederman Institute and the Media Law Resource Center

Conference Details
Conference Schedule
Printable Brochure (PDF)

Co-Sponsored by

Doyle & Miller, LLP

Conference Planning Committee

  • Kraig Baker, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Sandra S. Baron, Executive Director, Media Law Resource Center, Inc.
  • David Cohen, Vice President, Legal, ABC
  • Jennifer Dominitz, Vice President, Legal Affairs, NBC Universal Television Group
  • Maherin Gangat, Staff Attorney, Media Law Resource Center, Inc.
  • Steven Krone, Director and Tamara Moore, Associate Director, Southwestern's Biederman Institute
  • Robert Lind, Director Emeritus, Southwestern's Biederman Institute and Professor of Law
  • Louis P. Petrich, Member, Leopold, Petrich & Smith

Registration Fees

$100 before January 10
$125 after January 10 or at door
$25 for Students


CLE Credit

This conference offers 4 hours of CLE credit. Southwestern is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.


Click here for map and directions to Southwestern. Parking is available on campus for $6.


Contact the Biederman Institute.


1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Registration
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.


  Trademarks, Transformations, and Touchdowns: Recent Issues in Clearing Motion Picture, Television, and Videogame Content

  The panel will address clearance issues arising out of recent developments in trademark and right of publicity law. Topics will include:
  • The tension between intellectual property rights and the First Amendment.
  • Differences in clearance practices among various industries (motion picture, television, videogame, insurance).

Robert Rotstein (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp)
Christopher Cosby (Activision)
  Donald Gordon (Leopold, Petrich & Smith)
  Elizabeth Masterton (Twentieth Century Fox)
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.



Ripped (Off) from Real Life?


The panel will examine libel in fiction and address how to vet movies and TV shows that depict, or were inspired by, real people, things and events. Topics will include:

  • What constitutes libel in fiction?
  • What is actionable product disparagement?
  • How can you advise your clients to minimize the risk?

Patricia Cannon (NBCU Television Group)
Robyn Aronson (MTV Networks)
  Stephen Rohde (Rohde & Victoroff )
  Jody Zucker (Warner Bros. Television)
5:30 - 5:45 p.m. Break

5:45 - 7:00 p.m.


  Issues with Development and Distribution of Video Games


The panel will focus on the development and distribution of video games, looking at the process from the perspective of developers, publishers, rightsholders and distributors. Topics will include:

  • How is video game development and distribution the same and how is it different from traditional television and movie production and distribution?
  • How do development and distribution issues vary if the game is a MMORPG, a console game, or a casual game? How do the different business models (freemium, subscription, episodic, etc.) impact development and distribution?
  • How has mobile gaming and the iPad impacted gaming? What about the Wii and Kinect? What about social networking?
Moderator: Kraig Baker (Davis Wright Tremaine)
Heidi Holman (Microsoft)
  Daniel O'Connell Offner (Loeb & Loeb)
  Seth Steinberg (Digital Arts Law)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Reception