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Thursday, July 19
 

10:30am

Comic Book Law School® 101: "I Have This Cool Idea . . ."
Starting at the beginning is a vital first step for any creative or business endeavor and getting off on the right foot is key to traveling on the road to success. And this year's Comic Book Law School is designed to help you navigate the best possible route (and provide help in deciphering the map legend). Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, is joined by attorneys Howard Hogan and Jeremy S. Goldman for the first of three interactive and informative Comic Book Law School programs. This first program focuses on the basics of intellectual property rights available to creators and business owners, and it will provide attendees with the foundation needed for understanding which rights are available to creators of comics, games, films, and other creative works. It will also provide insights on how best to safeguard ideas, creative works, characters, brands, and names/titles from genesis through publication and distribution, and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about the rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, including a discussion on the protections these laws provide, the benefits of federal registrations for each, tips on working with collaborators, and issues of joint authorship and work-made-for-hire. This year's program will also include a discussion Super Hero Haute Couture, including the interplay of comic book and sci-fi costumes, cosplay, and fair use. Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections available, as well as the numerous potential pitfalls, under the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Please note : The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11
 
Friday, July 20
 

10:30am

Comic Book Law School 202: "Someone Just Made Me an Offer. Should I Refuse?"
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 06, 01:12PM
While almost every creator will tell you their greatest joy is in their acts of creation, none will argue that equally (or perhaps more) important is earning a living from their efforts. But commercializing creative works is fraught with peril unless you're prepared. Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, Legion M's COO Terri Lubaroff, and studio attorney Vera Golosker host an interactive seminar tackling a slew of more advanced issues facing creators (and the businesses that they work with) as they seek to monetize their creative capital. The panel will provide insights into a variety of options and opportunities for generating income from your creative endeavors, including licenses and transfers of rights; key things to know when Hollywood comes knocking; publishing, manufacturing, merchandising, and distribution agreements; understanding key terms in contracts, assignments, and licenses; and how incorporation and marital bliss (or turmoil) may affect contracts and licenses. And all independent contractors secretly disguised as employees? Attorney Alexander (A.J.) Harwin, a partner at the Lewis Brisbois law firm, will discuss how the California Supreme Court’s recent Dynamex decision concerning independent contractors may impact the comic book and entertainment industries. With the program’s interactive format, and discussions focusing on the problems and pitfalls that come with balancing creative vision and financial decisions, you’ll agree this session shouldn’t be missed. Please note: The Comic Book Law School® seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

Friday July 20, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11
 
Saturday, July 21
 

10:30am

Comic Book Law School 303: Beyond Trademarks and Copyrights
Still interactive and now five times as informative! For the third (and final) destination in this year's Law School series, this panel of legal experts will shed light on some of the more complex issues facing creators and businesses, and they'll touch on compelling issues popping up on the law and how they apply to comics and the pop culture scene. For this session, noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the classic The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, and attorneys David Branfman, Larry Zerner, and David Lizerbram and professor Marc Greenberg focus on real-world issues of importance to fans and creators. Panelists will share their insights and knowledge and provide practical advice concerning rights of privacy and publicity, fandom and fair use, and legal issues faced when developing fan works (fan fiction, fan art, fan films, etc.). Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11