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Leading Media and Entertainment Industry Attorneys and Executives Discuss "Scripts, Lies & Videogames" at Southwestern January 06, 2011
Leading Media and Entertainment Industry Attorneys and Executives Discuss "Scripts, Lies & Videogames" at Southwestern

Clearance issues across various industries are arising out of recent developments in trademark and right of publicity law. How are courts addressing the tension between intellectual property rights and the First Amendment? How do you protect works of fiction based on real-life people and events from libel lawsuits? How is videogame development and distribution the same, and how is it different from traditional television and movie production and distribution? On Thursday, January 20, these issues will be explored at the conference Scripts, Lies & Videogames.

Leading practitioners will discuss these subjects of vital interest to any media or entertainment lawyer's practice at the eighth annual conference presented by Southwestern's Biederman Institute and the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC). Scripts, Lies & Videogames will present three discussion panels, featuring prominent entertainment attorneys and talent industry insiders. The panels include "SCRIPTS: Trademarks, Transformations, and Touchdowns: Recent Issues in Clearing Motion Picture, Television, and Videogame Content," "LIES: Ripped (Off) from Real Life?" and "VIDEOGAMES: Issues with Development and Distribution of Videogames."

The distinguished list of presenters includes: Robyn Aronson, MTV Networks; Kraig Baker, Davis Wright Tremaine; Patricia Cannon, NBCU Television Group; Christopher Crosby, Activision; Donald Gordon, Leopold, Petrich & Smith; Heidi Holman, Microsoft; Elizabeth Masterson, Twentieth Century Fox; Daniel O'Connell Offner, Loeb & Loeb; Stephen Rohde, Rohde & Victoroff; Robert Rotstein, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp; Seth Steinberg, Digital Arts Law; and Jody Zucker, Warner Bros. Television.

The event, offering four hours of CLE credit, will begin at 2:30 p.m. (registration begins at 1:00 p.m.) on the Southwestern campus. Early registration (before January 10, 2011) is $100; after that, it is $125. Student registration is $25. The conference brochure and registration form can be found online, and questions may be directed to Southwestern's Biederman Institute. For a map and directions, click here.