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Why Copyright: Going Beyond the Parameters of the Copyright Act

The Copyright Society of the USA

Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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In today’s ever-evolving world, the parameters of copyright law are constantly being tested. What is or is not protected by the Copyright Act is being debated as new areas emerge and seek to be protected under the law. Arguments have been waged for and against specific protection of works involving fashion design, musical mash-ups, yoga poses, tattoos, and even food-plating and garden design, while others argue the existing law is sufficient, perhaps with some modification, to address such works. How can we anticipate and protect new creative areas while continuing to maintain the boundaries of copyright protection as provided under the Copyright Act?


Charles Colman is the founder of Charles Colman Law, PLLC. His practice focuses on fashion, music, art, film, media, new technology, and other creative fields. He began his career as a litigation associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLC, where he handled breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, false advertising, fraud, copyright, trademark, and right of publicity cases, and provided pro bono legal services to fashion designers and other visual artists. Mr. Colman serves as Co-Chair of the Fashion Design Legislation Subcommittee at the American Bar Association and is the Co-Vice Chairman of the Special Committee on Copyrights and New Technologies. He also sponsored the creation of a Fashion Law Committee at the New York City Bar Association. Mr. Colman frequently speaks on panels where legal issues in fashion, music, art, and new technology are discussed and debated and serves as a regular guest lecturer on corporate law at Parsons, The New School for Design. He graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Linguistics and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Julia Haye is a Partner at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP in Los Angeles. Her practice focuses on entertainment litigation involving profit participation, motion picture production and distribution, rights ownership, copyright and trademark infringement, idea submission, and other entertainment-related conflicts. Ms. Haye’s background also includes advising musical artists and choreographers on protection of the intellectual property assets and, as a former dancer, has written several articles on copyright protection for choreography. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Communications Studies and received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

Max Tannone is a music producer that has taken the sounds of artists like Jay-Z, the Beastie Boys, and Mos Def, and crafted them into a number of unique remix albums. His projects have caught the ears of MTV, NBC, countless blogs, music news sites, and vinyl bootleggers. In addition, Max creates original music and remixes for other artists and bands. His work often serves to open a dialog on the role of derivative art in today's instantly digital and sharable culture.


Ari Abramowitz is an independent Intellectual Property attorney and founder of Music Guru, Inc., a company dedicated to music discovery, and publisher of the Pockit Rockit Music Finder book and website. His practice includes legal research and drafting, copyright and trademark counseling, terminating transfers, dramatic script review, and strategic planning. Mr. Abramowitz has previously worked at Sony Music, Ladas & Parry, and Public Knowledge. He has also served as Vice Chair of the New York Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A for the past two years. Mr. Abramowitz received his B.A. in History from Columbia University, his M.B.A. in Media Management from Columbia Business School, and his J.D. with a concentration in Intellectual Property from Cardozo School of Law, where he served as President of the IP Law Society.

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New York University School of Law
40 Washington Square South
ROOM: Vanderbilt 204
New York, NY 10003

Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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The Copyright Society of the USA

The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is a center of the U.S. copyright community for business people, lawyers in private practice and in-house, law professors and law students who share a common interest in copyright and related intellectual property rights. A not-for-profit corporation founded in 1953, the Society works to advance the study and understanding of copyright law and related rights, the scope of rights in literature, music, art, theater, motion picture, television, computer software, architecture, and other works of authorship, and their distribution via both traditional and new media.


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