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June 20, 2019

CSUSA LA presents What an Idea! Recent Developments & Industry Custom for Idea Submissions



Thursday, June 20, 2019

Lunch 12-12:30pm | Program: 12:30-2pm


Fox Rothschild

10250 Constellation Blvd, Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90067


1.5 CLE credits pending approval by the State Bar of California.

Members: $25 | Non-Members: $45 | Students: $20


Copyright does not protect ideas, but claims under state law are not uncommon. Still, there are numerous moving parts in these causes of action and important questions remain. Does the novelty or concreteness/specificity of the “idea” matter? Does it affect expectations of payment or “industry custom”? Should it? Are there different standards for industry “outsiders” than for material coming from experienced producers or writers? Are any types of idea claims still subject to anti-SLAAP motions or federal preemption? How does the nature of the claim impact the level of “similarity” needed to find the use of an “idea” actionable? Are ideas submitted through social media or email “blurted out”? 


Join a panel of experts and an experienced production executive as we explore these topics and more—the state of the art in idea protection.





Jay Dougherty (Moderator)

During law school Jay Dougherty was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, a staff member of the Columbia Law Review and editor of the Columbia Journal of Arts & the Law. His legal career began in the Entertainment Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, where his work included representation of Broadway composers and authors. His interest in the motion picture area led to positions at the Motion Picture/Television/Music Departments of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, the legal departments at United Artists Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and the Business Affairs Department of Morgan Creek Productions. For more click here.


David Aronoff

A seasoned entertainment and media law attorney, David has almost 30 years of experience handling a variety of complex matters, including breach of contract, copyright, trademark, right of publicity, accounting and defamation claims. David regularly represents and advises a variety of business entities, including motion picture and television studios, production companies, broadcasters, Internet websites and podcasters, video game companies, music companies and advertising agencies in their business and marketing decisions and disputes involving:Copyrights, trademarks, right of publicity, unfair competition, trade secrets, false advertising and contracts/accounting/finance. For more click here.


Sherryl Clark oversees all aspects of development and production across The H Collective's slate. Before joining The H Collective in May 2018, Clark founded Busted Shark Productions where she produced PLUSH with Blumhouse for director Catherine Hardwicke; FATHERS & DAUGHTERS starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Aaron Paul; VIRAL directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman for Blumhouse Productions and Dimension Films; and WISH UPON starring Joey King & Ryan Phillippe with director John R. Leonetti. For more click here.


Robert Rotstein grew up in Culver City, California, then the location of the famed MGM Studios and so the true “Hollywood.” To this day, the city’s motto is “The Heart of Screenland.” Robert’s elementary school was caddy corner to one of the studio’s back lots. At an early age, he became hooked on legal dramas – not only Perry Mason, the archetype of the legal mystery, but also on the politically charged The Defenders and lesser known shows like Judd for the Defense, The Young Lawyers, and The Trials of O’Brien – lawyers doing justice. For more click here.




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