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Intellectual Property,
Internet & New Media Section
The Fair Use of Fandom
The annual Comic-Con International (San Diego) event draws over 135,000 professionals and fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, film, television, gaming, toys and all things popular culture, and plays host to both professional and fan-based creative works and activities. Hundreds of creators will set up in the exhibit hall offering prints, posters and original drawings of fan-favorite characters, dozens of live and animated films (including fan creations and first-time efforts) will be screened, while thousands of attendees will dress up in costume to impress their fellow fans. And in almost all instances, these activities are unauthorized by the copyright and trademark owners, many of whom are exhibiting at the same event. But are all of these costumes, films, drawings, etc., "fair use," or will some IP owners cry foul? The program will provide an overview of the "fair use" doctrine and examine how it applies to fan activities, with recaps and analysis of recent litigation, including CBS' objection to the "Star Trek: Axanar" fan film, the Supreme Court's Star Athletica decision, and the pending Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. v. ComicMix LLC case.


Prof. Betsy Rosenblatt, Whittier Law School
Jeffrey Trexler, Associate Director, Fashion Law Institute
Joshua Wattles, Advisor-in-Chief, deviantART, Inc,
Michael L. Lovitz, Partner, Lovitz IP Law PC (moderator)
When: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Program at 12:30 pm)
Where: Lawry's the Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)
$0 - Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
- BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$245 - Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days
Azita Iskandar, Esq. & Michael Lovitz, Esq. - IP Section Co-Chairs
S. Martin Keleti, Esq. - Vice Chair
Michael Lovitz, Esq. - Program Chair
* Advanced registration closes 24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee. Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Credit and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.
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