Secondary Liability: Lessons Learned From BMG v. Cox

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

189 The Grove Drive

Los Angeles, California 90036

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Speaker: Michael J. Allan

Join us on April 10, 2019 for when we will hear about the current state of secondary liability law in the copyright context from Michael Allan, partner at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. Michael, who heads the firm’s copyright practice, was the lead counsel in BMG v Cox—the first case in which content holders filed suit to hold an ISP liable for direct infringement committed by its subscribers. Michael also represented BMG in similar cases against ISPs Windstream and RCN.

Michael will discuss the current state of contributory and vicarious infringement, application of these claims in the BMG v Cox case, and other key cases since the Supreme Court issued its opinions in the Sony / Betamax case 35 years ago. The discussion will address key concepts such as “material contribution”, “inducement” and the role of “willful blindness”, and to what extent those key legal concepts have evolved over time. The discussion will also touch on the future of secondary liability and lessons learned from BMG v. Cox and other recent cases.

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