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It's a Parody! It's a Satire! It's ... Infringement?
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 6 PM-7:30 PM

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The more recent and increasingly frequent invocation of a parody defense by alleged copyright and trademark infringers has courts struggling to understand what exactly parody is and when the creator of a work or a branded product is entitled to a parody defense. As the courts struggle, so do practitioners in advising their clients. How are we to balance intellectual property rights and the First Amendment in these contexts? Is the parody/satire distinction still viable or useful? Should the analysis of a claimed parody differ depending on whether the parody involves a copyright or a trademark? This panel will bring together litigators and advisors who regularly confront these issues, to discuss the status of parody under trademark and copyright law today and suggest what factors may be important for lawyers and judges who may face these challenges tomorrow. Refreshments will be served.

Moderator:
EDWARD ROSENTHAL , Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz PC

Speakers:
JOSEPH M. BECK , Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; KIM J. LANDSMAN, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP; MARK SEIDENFELD, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Scholastic, Inc.; ELLEN HOCHBERG, Ellen Hochberg, Senior Director, Business and Legal Affairs, Sony Music Entertainment

Sponsored by:
Committee on Trademarks & Unfair Competition , Monica Richman, Chair; Committee on Copyright& Literary Property, Barry Werbin, Chair

Event Location: 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036