Hot Issues in Entertainment

February 1, 2021 at 11:00am12:00pm
ABA Forum on Communications Law

Over the past year we’ve seen a number of significant decisions and lawsuits on a diverse array of entertainment issues. We will discuss developments and trends in: Movies, Television and Documentaries (including defamation and right of publicity claims involving both fictional and composite characters as well as portrayals of real people), Broadway (the adoption of the “asserted truths” doctrine in the Jersey Boys infringement case), Music (do the “Stairway to Heaven” and “Dark Horse” decisions “unblur the lines” for what infringes), Video Games (why Fortnite remains a critical legal player on the video game landscape), Paparazzi v. Celebrities (what factors promote or impede the proliferation of lawsuits against celebrities who post photos on Instagram), Graffiti (including a win for artists in the 5 Pointz demolition case), and Politics (a recap of claims asserted against use of songs in the 2020 election).

Lead Facilitator: Robert S. Gutierrez, Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr, Los Angeles, CA


  • Jessica Davidovitch, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Warner Media, New York, NY 
  • Robb Harvey, Partner, Waller Lansden, Nashville, TN 
  • Sarah Cronin, Partner, Venable, LLP, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Michael Twersky, Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP, Philadelphia, PA

Rising Star: Wesley Lewis, Haynes and Boone, Austin, TX