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Fish at the Podium

Politically Incorrect? Fair Use and Copyright for Songs in Political Campaigns

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Fish at the Podium

Politically Incorrect? Fair Use and Copyright for Songs in Political Campaigns

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

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Politcally Incorrect? Fair Use and Copyright for Songs in Political Campaigns

Speakers:

Anthony Fletcher (Senior Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.)
Jacqueline Charlesworth (Of Counsel, Morrison and Foerster LLP)
Robert Clarida (Partner, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.)
Moderated by Jason Mazzone (Professor, Brooklyn Law School).

The Copyright Society of the USA, New York Chapter, is hosting this lunch program at The Princeton Club in New York.

Recently, prominent musicians such as Jackson Browne, David Byrne and Don Henley have brought lawsuits for copyright infringement (among other claims) for the unauthorized use of their music in political campaigns. Which side wins in the battle of copyright versus political speech? Should  unauthorized political campaign uses be considered Fair Use? If copyright actions in these cases are unsuccessful, could the plaintiffs have valid claims in Rights of Publicity or Trademark law?

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