Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Faculty Profile

Robert C. Lind

Robert C. Lind

Co-Director of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute and Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law

B.E.S., summa cum laude, Legal and Intellectual History, 1976, University of Minnesota; J.D., 1979, Teaching Fellow, 1979-81, and LL.M., 1983, with highest honors, George Washington University; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Member, California State and District of Columbia Bars

Courses    Publications

Phone: (213) 738-6785
Office: BW357

A former semi-professional musician, Robert Lind combined his interest in the arts and law to become an expert in several aspects of entertainment, media and intellectual property law. A prolific writer, he is the author or co-author of widely used casebooks, treatises and study guides on entertainment law, art law, museum law, and media law, as well as copyright and trademark. He frequently shares his insights regarding emerging legal developments in these areas at programs sponsored by the intellectual property, entertainment and media law sections of the American Bar Association, California State Bar, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, and other local bar groups, nonprofit arts organizations, the legal departments of motion picture studios, music publishers and record companies, as well as the news media.

"After having taught more than 70 copyright law classes, I have learned two major truths: Copyright is the bedrock upon which civilization rests, and there is no greater calling than to teach copyright law. The move from an industrial society to an information society is having a tremendous impact on copyright law. It is interesting to teach a subject when its fundamental underpinnings are being questioned."

Professor Lind began his law career as a consultant to the American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), and the American Association of Museums in Washington, D.C., assisting in the research and writing of Museum Trusteeship and Serving Two Masters, a work regarding conflicts of interests in museums. As a teaching fellow at the National Law Center at George Washington University, he taught legal research, writing and professional responsibility and also taught labor history at Marymount College of Virginia.

Since 1981, Professor Lind has been a member of the faculty at Southwestern where he has continued to develop cutting-edge entertainment, intellectual property, and media law courses, seminars, externships and practicums. He has worked to provide employment opportunities to numerous alums interested in practicing entertainment and media law. He assisted in the founding of the Southwestern Entertainment and Intellectual Property Alumni Association (SWEIP). Professor Lind was honored as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law in 2001, and as the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law in 2005. In 2006, he was honored with the Upper Division Professor Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2008, he received the Outstanding Friend Award from the Southwestern Law School Alumni Association. Professor Lind served as Director of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute in 2009-10. In 2015, he was named the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law. In 2016, he was named Co-Director of BEMLI with Co-Director Neil Ollivierra. 


Books and Chapters

ENTERTAINMENT LAW: LEGAL CONCEPTS AND BUSINESS PRACTICES, 3rd ed. (with T. Selz, M. Simensky and P. Acton; Thomson Reuters, 2016)

COPYRIGHT Q&A  (with D. Fagundes; LexisNexis, 2010)

NEWSGATHERING AND THE LAW, 4th ed. (with L. Levine, C. Thomas Dienes and S. Berline; LexisNexis Publishing, 2011)

ENTERTAINMENT LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS, 3rd ed. (with M. Blaha and Z. Grenier; LexisNexis Publishing, 2010 & 2013 Supp.)

COPYRIGHT LAW, 3rd ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2006)

TRADEMARK LAW, 3rd ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2006)

NEWSGATHERING AND THE LAW, 3rd ed. (with C. Dienes and L. Levine; Matthew Bender, 2005)

ENTERTAINMENT LAW, 3rd ed. (with Simensky, et al.; Matthew Bender/Lexis Publishing, 2003)

ART AND MUSEUM LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (with R. Jarvis and M. Phelan; Carolina Academic Press, 2002)

Copyright Law Basics in COPYRIGHT BASICS: OUTLINES AND MATERIALS, 8th ed. (Parker & Barrow Law Publications, 2000)

Trademark Law Basics in TRADEMARK BASICS: OUTLINES AND MATERIALS 1, 4th ed. (Parker & Barrow Law Publications, 2000)

Artworks in the Digital Era and The Visual Artist and the Law of Privacy in THE ARTISTS'S BUSINESS AND LEGAL GUIDE (Beverly Hills Bar Association Committee for the Arts, 1994)

Legal Risks Associated with Providing Expert Opinions and Authentications in ALI-ABA COURSE OF STUDY: LEGAL PROBLEMS OF MUSEUM ADMINISTRATION 191 (1991)


Responding to Copyright Claims by Others: The Fair Use Defense in ALI-ABA COURSE OF STUDY: LEGAL PROBLEMS OF MUSEUM ADMINISTRATION 597 (1988)

What Legal Limits Apply When Museums Compete for Staff in ALI-ABA COURSE OF STUDY: LEGAL PROBLEMS OF MUSEUM ADMINISTRATION 321 (1987)


Use of Loan-Out Corporations in the Entertainment Industry, ANDREWS ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY REPORTER 2 (with Z. Hamzeh; January 11, 2006)

Has Celebrity Been Federalized?: Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act as a Substitute for the Right of Publicity, MEDIA LAW RESOURCE CENTER BULLETIN 21 (with M. Epstein and D. Kohler; January 2004)

The Constitutionality of the Driver's Privacy Protection Act, 17 COMMUNICATIONS LAWYER 18 (with N. Eckart; Summer 1999)

Right of Publicity Concerns of Museums, WESTMUSE (Fall 1998) 

Institutional Trademarks, WESTMUSE (Fall 1997)

Licensing and Use of Digital Reproductions of Museum Collections, WESTERN MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER (1996); reprinted in REGISTRARS' QUARTERLY 2 (with J. Teichman; Winter 1997)

Gifts, Ethics and Conflicts of Interest (two-part series), WESTERN MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER (with A. Ullberg; Fall and Summer 1996)

Museum Concerns About Going Digital, WESTERN MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER (with J. Teichman; Summer, Fall, Winter 1995)

The Visual Artist and the Law of Defamation, 2 UCLA ENTERTAINMENT LAW REVIEW 63 (1995)

Ownership of Copyrighted Works, WESTERN MUSEUM ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER (Fall 1993)

Critical Opinions: You Have the Right to Remain Silent, MUSEUM NEWS 86, (with L. Wise; January/February 1992)

Institutional Regulation of Employee Expression: Writing as a Conflict of Interest Within Museums and Related Nonprofit Institutions, 32 SANTA CLARA LAW REVIEW 427 (with A. Ullberg; 1992)

Personal Collecting: Proceed with Caution, MUSEUM NEWS 33 (with A. Ullberg; September/October 1990)

Consider the Potential Liability of Failing to Conserve Collections, MUSEUM NEWS 32, (with A. Ullberg; January/February 1989)

The Falwell Decision: Analysis of the Conflict Between the Tort of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and the First Amendment, LOS ANGELES LAWYER 14 (July/August 1988)

Museums and Professional Codes of Conduct: Are These Beginning to Acquire the Force of Law, 11 ALI-ABA COURSE MATERIALS JOURNAL 63 (with A. Ullberg; June 1987)

Justice Rehnquist: First Amendment Speech in the Labor Context, 8 HASTINGS CONSTITUTIONAL LAW QUARTERLY 93 (1980)

No Fool as a Client, MUSEUM NEWS 37 (with A. Ullberg; September/October 1979)

Liabilities of Museum Trustees, SOUTHEASTERN MUSEUM CONFERENCE JOURNAL 14 (November 1978)

Book Review, Media Law: Defender of the Faith in the Midst of the Simpson Circus, 24 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1215 (R.S. Heinke, 1995; 1994)

Book Review, Board Liability: Guide For Nonprofit Directors in JOURNAL OF ARTS MANAGEMENT AND LAW SPRING 77 (with A. Ullberg; 1989)

Book Review, Art Law: Rights and Liabilities of Creators and Collectors, MUSEUM NEWS 97 (January/February 1988)