Substantial Similarity and Junk Science: Reconstructing the Test of Copyrig...

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Speaker: Robert F. Helfing

Are you frustrated by the uncertainty of the test of copyright infringement and the frequency of controversial results in copyright disputes? In explaining the shortcomings of “substantial similarity” as the standard of infringement, the speaker challenges some of the fundamental assumptions of copyright law and describes a new test of infringement, designed to directly identify copied content and predictably evaluate it for infringement.

Robert F. Helfing is currently an adjunct associate professor of copyright law at Southwestern Law School. Formerly, he was a senior partner and chairperson of the IP litigation practice of Sedgwick LLP. Mr. Helfing wrote and argued the appeals in the frequently cited Ninth Circuit cases on substantial similarity in motion picture infringement cases, Metcalf v. Bochco, 294 F.3d 1069 (9 th Cir. 2002) and Funky Films, Inc. v. Time Warner Entertainment Co., 462 F.3d 1072 (9th Cir. 2006). He has also written amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit regarding the copyright infringement test. His article, Substantial Similarity in Literary Infringement Cases: A Chart for Turbid Waters, was published in the UCLA Entertainment Law Review. His article on the topic of this presentation will shortly be published by the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal.



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