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"Ripped from the Headlines:" Copyright & Trademark Lessons from High-Profile Cases

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Billy Newman presents an intensely interesting look at several well-publicized cases of the past year or two that illustrate how trademarks and copyrights can impact your own clients, especially your small business clients.  Billy uses the lessons of celebrity cases to demonstrate how your own non-celebrity "mom & pop" clients can easily become entangled in expensive intellectual property disputes. Cases discussed and explained include:

  • The copyright dispute between Pharrel Williams, Robin Thicke, and the Estate of Marvin Gaye
  • Music copyright claims involving Justin Bieber and Usher
  • The copyright controversy surrounding Katy Perry and the "Dancing Shark" at the Super Bowl half-time show
  • The trademark controversy involving the Washington Redskins
  • Recent litigation over the use of quotations from William Faulkner and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • Much, much more!


  • William R Newman of The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Agenda for Friday, the 31st of May 2019

    1:00pm Central Time - Webcast Begins 

    (Please be sure to register and tune into the website at least 10 minutes before start time)

    Agenda is Approximate and Tentative

    1:00pm - 2:15pm -  Copyright Law Basics for General Practitioners as Illustrated by Recent Celebrity Disputes  (including cases involving Pharrel Williams, the Estate of Marvin Gaye, Katy Perry, William Faulkner, Harper Lee, the "monkey selfie" case, and more)

    2:15pm - 2:25pm - Break

    2:25pm - 3:25pm - Trademark Law Basics for General Practitioners as Illustrated by Recent High Profile Cases (including Donald Trump, the Washington Redskins, and more)

    3:25pm - 3:30pm  -  Break

    3:30pm - 4:15pm - The Mystery of Patent Law Simplified (illustrated by recent toy manufacturing disputes)

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