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Committee Meetings

Upcoming Events
  • Thursday, June 9 at 1:30pm ET / 10:30am PT

Hot Takes – Section 230 and the Tech World!

We invite you to join the Internet and Technology Committee as we welcome Anette Beebe, who is no stranger to challenging issues under Section 230, to update us on the latest and greatest news and views on this fast moving area of the internet and technology law.

Past Events
  • Thursday, May 26 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Data Privacy and Security Committee Meeting: Blockchain and NFTs: Under the Hood

In this program, “NFT IP Pioneer” Jeremy S. Goldman from Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz PC will go under the hood of the Web3 ecosystem, showing how blockchain, smart contracts, NFTs, online marketplaces, digital wallets, and the Web3 community operate, transact and communicate.

  • Wednesday, May 18 at 4pm ET / 1pm PT

Entertainment Committee Meeting

We will hear from litigators involved in key developments in entertainment law over the last few weeks.

  • Friday, May 13 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting

We will discuss with Adam Rose, the Press Rights Chair of the Los Angeles Press Club, the status of the Committee’s mobilization efforts focused on state rules on cameras in the courtroom including a discussion of both efforts in California to expand remote access to courts through live audio feeds as well as Maryland’s cameras…

  • Wednesday, May 4 at 2pm ET / 11am PT

Pre-Pub / Pre-Broadcast Committee Meeting: Releases Seminar

We'll focus on the realities and necessities of releases—particularly in documentaries, but in film more generally—and how the need for releases relates to the law, insurers, and distributor demands.

  • Thursday, April 14 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

MLRC NextGen Clinic: News Vetting Exercise

We're very excited to hold our first clinic on news vetting! Al-Amyn Sumar of the New York Times and Jesse Feitel of Davis Wright Tremaine have prepared a mock article.

  • Friday, April 8 at 12pm ET / 9am PT

Media Deals Committee Meeting

We are thrilled to announce a special guest appearance: “Committee in Conversation with Eriq Gardner”.

  • Thursday, March 31 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Internet & Tech Law Committee – What is the Metaverse?

The metaverse goes beyond the virtual world of video games as it is set to impact technology, the economy, the law and possibly society as a whole.

  • Wednesday, March 30 at 11am ET

International Committee Meeting

Join us for a discussion of the latest on issues affecting journalists in Russia and Ukraine. Also the UK supreme court ruling against Bloomberg News that makes it harder for British media outlets to publish information about individuals subject to criminal investigations.

  • Tuesday, March 29 at 4pm ET / 3pm CT / 4pm MT / 1pm PT

Insurance Committee Meeting

Join us for open discussion of war exclusions and related policy provisions that may limit or preclude insurance coverage during hostilities between nations; insurance coverage for NFT's; and the question of whether confidentiality always guaranteed in mediation communications.

  • Tuesday, March 29 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Criminal Law Committee : “Friendly” Subpoenas

Join us for a discussion of the complexities raised by so-called “friendly” requests for journalists to participate in investigations or lawsuits focused on protecting the press.

  • Thursday, March 24 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Employment & Litigation Committees: Enforcement & Resolution Strategies for Non-Competes in the Media Industry

With guest speakers Gary Fowler, ADR Professional, JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator; and Emily Kowey Roth, a member of the Duane Morris Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Practice Group.

  • Thursday, March 24 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT

Data Privacy & Security Meeting – Demystifying Tech: NFTs

Hannah Taylor, Partner at Frankfurt Kurnit, will provide an overview of NFTs and will answer your burning questions: What, exactly is an NFT, and are they here to stay?

  • Tuesday, March 22 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Anti-SLAPP Committee Call

Updates on Anti-SLAPP activity in Arizona, Hawaii and Kentucky, as well as a discussion of the New York Anti-SLAPP statute as interpreted in the Carroll v. Trump and Dr. Luke v. Ke$ha cases.

  • Wednesday, March 16 at 4pm ET / 1pm PT

Entertainment Committee Meeting

A wave of new copyright litigation against the music streaming platform Pandora and an update in the years-long arbitration involving the estate of Harper Lee and the stage adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

  • Thursday, March 10 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Newsgathering Committee Meeting: Should We Sue to Enforce Our FOIA Request?

Exploring the costs and benefits of filing suit to enforce a FOIA request.

  • Wednesday, March 9 at 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Media Deals: Legacy Publishers & Hollywood

We were thrilled to be joined by Shushana Jachobov, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at The New York Times, and Jamie Stockton, Business Affairs Executive at the Creative Artists Agency, who both have first-hand experience with deals legacy publishers have been entering into with Hollywood. 

  • Thursday, February 17 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Media Copyright & Trademark Committee Meeting: Plagiarism vs. Copyright Infringement

With Scott Sholder of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP and Dan Novack of Penguin Random House.

  • Wednesday, February 16 at 2pm ET / 11am PT

Pre-Publication/Pre-Broadcast Committee Call

We will be discussing some interesting trademark issues that can arise in the pre-pub/pre-broadcast process

  • Thursday, February 3 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Next Gen Committee Call

Join the Next Gen Committee for its next general body meeting.

  • Wednesday, January 19 at 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Media Deals Committee Kick-Off Call: Behind the Deal Making Scene

We will welcome three experienced executives who regularly work with lawyers and are uniquely positioned to share insights on deal making trends, predictions for the year to come, and what makes for good lawyering in the business generally

  • Tuesday, January 18 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Litigation Committee Meeting

With the economic realities facing today’s content providers, is it still possible to engage in impact litigation that expands newsgathering or makes law on key issues?

  • Thursday, January 13 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Employment Committee Meeting

A session exploring the current state of the various federal vaccine mandates, with a particular emphasis on those affecting government contractors.

  • Friday, December 17 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Anti-SLAPP Committee Meeting

Bob Nelon, who will discuss a favorable decision from the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals affirming dismissal of a defamation/false light/other claims suit under the Oklahoma Citizens Participation Act

  • Thursday, December 16 at 2pm ET / 11am PT

Advertising & Commercial Speech: Trends & Legal Developments in the Audio Space

A fireside chat with Hannah Taylor (FKKS) & Brian Rideout (NYTimes)

  • Thursday, December 9 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

The 3rd Annual Claims/Underwriting Review and Virtual Holiday Party

A virtual holiday party and two substantive panels: 2021 Media and Entertainment Claims Review and Trends, and Underwriting Market Conditions - Present, Current and Future.

  • Monday, December 6 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Internet Law Committee Meeting: Data Access and Investigative Journalism — Legal Challenges and Issues

Following from the Summer programming on data journalism, this panel event further explores the importance of data to investigative journalism, and the legal barriers to accessing information for data-driven reporting on issues of public interest.

  • Monday, November 22 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

MLRC Data Privacy and Security Meeting – International Data Transfers: What’s the state of the world?

Guest speaker David Zetoony will provide an update on the state of international data transfers

  • Thursday, November 18 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

2021 DCS Annual Meeting

Our usual Carmine's lunch is virtual this year, but it's still a good opportunity to mingle with colleagues and discuss the accomplishments and plans of MLRC's diverse roster of committees. All members are welcome.

Copyright
  • Tuesday, November 2 at 12pm ET / 9am PT

Hear The Very Latest On Copyright Litigation!

Hear Cameron Stracher and Edward Rosenthal share their insights and join your fellow committee members in a dynamic discussion on these rapidly developing areas of copyright litigation.

  • Wednesday, October 27 at 1pm ET / 11am PT

Advertising & Commercial Speech Committee Meeting: Hot Advertising Issues for Online Media Publishers

Topics include CBD/cannabis advertising, sports gambling, cryptocurrency, privacy and political advertising.

  • Tuesday, October 26 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Pre-Pub and Insurance Committees Joint Meeting on Corrections, Clarifications and Retractions

Paul Glader of Vett News discuss a new software system to streamline the handling of requests for corrections. The second half of the meeting is an open discussion of recommended approaches for effective handling of corrections.

  • Monday, October 25 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Internet Law Committee Meeting

A discussion with Santa Clara Law Professor Eric Goldman and Google Public Policy Analyst Jess Miers about how the current legal landscape safeguards free expression online and empowers Internet services to responsibly manage content.

  • Wednesday, October 13 at 4pm ET / 1pm PT

Entertainment Law Committee Meeting

Join the MLRC Entertainment Law Committee as the group reviews several important developments over the last month.

  • Friday, September 24 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Newsgathering Committee Call: The Right to Record Police – Is It a Right Without a Remedy?

Join Steve Zansberg as he leads a discussion of the current state of law on recording police in the performance of their official duties and current cases testing the remedies against police efforts to shut down that recording.

  • Thursday, September 23 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

UnDoxxed: A Criminal Law Committee Discussion on Combatting Online Harassment

We talk with journalists, editors, and in-house counsel about the digital threats their newsrooms are experiencing and how to support them while balancing our First Amendment principles.

  • Tuesday, August 24 at 11am ET / 4pm UK

International Committee Meeting

Dorien Verhulst explains the current state of digital services and markets regulation in Europe, updating the topic of a terrific article she recently co-authored for the MLRC Legal Frontiers in Digital Media conference. Mark Stephens follows with a few remarks on the state of play in the UK.

  • Wednesday, August 4 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Media Law 101: Insurance

A workshop on the application and underwriting process, key policy provisions to look for, effective claims reporting and handling, types of coverages needed and current hot topics.

  • Tuesday, July 27 at 1pm ET / 10am PT
  • On Zoom

Media Law 101: Pre-Pub/Pre-Broadcast

This workshop will be structured as issue spotting around one or more hypotheticals, identifying reporting potential legal pitfalls, including defamation, privacy, newsgathering, right of publicity and agreements with sources.

  • Wednesday, July 21 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Media Law 101: Newsgathering

We discuss open records (FOIA) and open meetings laws, access to courts and their participants (including gag orders), other access issues (such as access to private property, surveillance and drones), police issues (such as recording the police and responding to police demands on scene), phone recording and wiretap, promises of confidentiality to sources, lawful obtainment…

  • Thursday, July 15 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Media Law 101: Data Privacy

This workshop will provide an overview of U.S. and international data privacy and security laws, with a focus on advising companies on how to comply with a patchwork of emerging requirements, operationalize a privacy program, and prepare and respond to data security breaches.

  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Media Law 101: Copyright

How copyright does (and does not) protect, who owns it, how long does it last, what constitutes infringement, defenses to infringement, and fair use.

  • Tuesday, June 29 at 1pm ET / 10am PT
  • Zoom

Media Law 101: Libel

This workshop covers what the plaintiff has to prove in a libel case, defenses that you might have under the First Amendment and common law, the differences in defending cases brought by public and private figures, and the effect of corrections, denials, implications of fact, and using anonymous sources.

  • Tuesday, June 29 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Internet & Employment Committees Joint Presentation on Potential Reforms & Amendments to Section 230

Our discussion is led by Seth Stern, of Funkhouser, Vegosen, Liebman & Dunn Ltd.

  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 3pm ET

Internet Law Committee Meeting: Supporting Data Journalism: Legal Issues and Challenges

The Internet Law Committee is proud to present a discussion on the legal challenges that hinder journalists access to data.

  • Tuesday, May 25 at 12pm ET / 9am PT
  • Zoom

Newsgathering Committee Meeting: Cutting Edge Tools in Authenticating Digital Content

Two Adobe reps will join us to discuss its new Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI), a slate of new tools for authenticating the provenance of digital content.

  • Wednesday, May 19 at 8am ET / 1pm UK / 9pm Tokyo
  • Zoom

International Committee Meeting: Journalism in Asia

Two guest speakers will discuss the contemporary challenges faced by journalists across Japan, China and Russia.

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  • November 2020
  • Zoom

2020 DCS Annual Meeting

Annual meeting of the MLRC Defense Counsel Section with reports on the year's meetings and publications and plans for 2021.