Seminar in Entertainment Law
4 PM - 5:50 PM
Students and final papers
Adam Burnett: The Implications of Record Label Bankruptcy on Musicians
Jason Butterfield: What Rights Do Participants in the Creation of Fiction Have, and When Do They Attach?
Will Clark: Copyright, Ownership, and Control of User-Generated Content on Social Media Websites
Melanie Davis: It’s
About Time: Granting a Public Performance Right in Sound
Recordings Through the Passage of the Performance Rights Act
Susan Estes: Fanfiction Dilemma: Is it Copyright Infringement or Fair Use?
David Freedman: Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Blogosphere
Julia Jaworski: Utility of Trademark Protection for Indie Bands
Jessica Joshua: Fictional Characters and the Right of publicity: Policies, History, and Conflict
Sean Jungels: Piracy and the Movie Industry: Change Your Business Model Now or End Up Like the Music Industry
Jason D. Keck: Chicago Event Promoter’s Ordinance: Unconstitutionality and Economic Ignorance
Michael J. McSherry: The Right of Publicity and Fantasy
Sports: Should Professional Athletes Wield Control Over Their Identities
or Yield to the First Amendment?
Joy Mkrdichian: Copyright and Choreography: What Constitutes Fixation?
Brady O'Halloran: Constructing An Identity: An Agent’s Duties in an Artist’s Public Image Management Strategy
Philip Prorok: A Merger of Equals? An Analysis of the Ticketmaster – Live Nation Merger
Carl Philipp Schöpe: Legal Protection of Recording Artists Against Unfair Contracting
Corbin Smith: Misappropriation tort protection for paparazzi and copyright preemption
Karina Yuen Wong: Patent Protection for Performance Techniques
Questionnaire result highlights (.html) (.ppt) (.xls)
1 September - discuss draft of "Music Business Models" article
.pdf file; please do not duplicate, circulate, or site; this is a draft for discussion
8 September - complete selection of paper topics; initial student presentations:
Freedman (Power Point),
Jungels: (help him write the story of the making of a movie) (maybe discuss outline)
- what's the movie about?
- is it being made by a big studio or an indie filmmaker?
- who is the protagonist? a seasoned veteran? a wet-behind-the-ears pup?
- what's the budget? is a blockbuster or a run-of-the-mill movie?
- what revenue streams are planned? (first-run theaters, US and foreign; TV rights; DVD sales; download sales; merch; sequels) and what dollar amounts for each?
- how does piracy threaten each of these streams? what percent of demand will be diverted to illicit sources?
- what anti-piracy strategies should be followed (sue your customers; load it down with DRM; give away free samples--perhaps pretending that they are illicit)
15 September - student presentations: Joshua, Clark, Wong
22 September - student presentations: Tennison, Prorok, Burnett
29 September - student presentations: O'Holloran, McSherry, Keck, Smith
6 October - student presentations: Schoepe, Mkrdichian, Davis
13 October - student presentations: Estes, Butterfield, Jaworski
20 October - review of status of all papers
27 October - no class (Professor Perritt in Iraq)
3 November - student presentations: McSherry, O'Holloran, Schoepe, Burnett, Butterfield
10 November - student presentations: Wong, Mkdirchian, Joshua, Davis, Clark, Freedman, Estes
17 November - student presentations: Tennison, Prorak, Jaworski, Jungels, Keck, Smith (first out)
24 November (last class) - off-site discussion of future of entertainment industries
Possible topics (topics are not limited to these)