50-Year Retrospective of the Los Angeles Copyright Society

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

189 The Grove Drive

Los Angeles, California 90036

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Speaker: David Nimmer

The year was 1969. Bell bottoms were in. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid dominated the box office, but Midnight Cowboy won Best Picture. The Copyright Act of 1909 remained in effect, although the process of legislative revision was then in its fourteenth year. And the Los Angeles Copyright Society held its inaugural meeting. A lot has happened in fifty years. Happily, David Nimmer is prepared to condense it all into one hour! His talk will present a history of the five decades of LACS, with parallel coverage of major copyright events. It may even include snippets from past LACS presidents to supply a framework on which Prof. Nimmer can hang his exegesis. Rumor even has it that he himself began work on this project way back in 1969, just to assure the most comprehensive coverage possible.

David Nimmer serves as Of Counsel to the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella LLP, where he has represented clients in the entertainment, publishing and high technology fields—examples being his advocacy of Amazon.com before Judge Denny Chin in successfully opposing the Google Books Settlement, and twice as co-counsel before the U.S. Supreme Court (each resulting in a unanimous opinion on behalf of his clients). His other hat is as Professor from Practice at the UCLA School of Law and as a guest professor teaching copyright seminars at various universities around the United States and abroad. He delivered a talk at TEDxRoma in 2017 and has given congressional testimony three times, as well as parliamentary testimony in Sydney, Australia. He has authored over thirty law review articles; since 1985, he has authored and comprehensively updated Nimmer on Copyright, the standard reference treatise in the field, first published in 1963 by his late father, Professor Melville B. Nimmer. Cases within the United States have relied on Nimmer on Copyright as authority in over 3,500 judicial opinions.

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