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  • Thursday, May 30 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Diss Tracks & Defamation: Diverse Voices & Entertainment Committees Joint Meeting

Kendrick Lamar and Drake recently released rapid fire diss tracks that became increasingly serious, including allegations of domestic violence, pedophilia, & secret children. Though unlikely, a defamation suit isn’t out of the question. Adam Rich covers the hurdles these two public figures may face if they decide to take their battle to the courtroom.

  • Tuesday, May 21 at 1 pm ET / 10am PT

Newsgathering 201

Are you a working practitioner who wants a more in-depth dive into newsgathering issues? Join the Newsgathering Committee & Kristi Ramsay (Senior Counsel, CNN) to cover hypotheticals involving ethical & legal issues that journalists face & how counsel may advise them.

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

Advertising & Commercial Speech: Influencer Marketing

The importance of crafting contracts with influencers; main deal points in those transactions; & material legal, business, & regulatory issues surrounding influencer marketing. Topics include compensation, IP, contracting with SAG-AFTRA talent, & various regulatory issues. After attending this practical, nuts-and-bolts session, you’ll be better prepared to issue spot & draft & negotiate influencer agreements.  

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

Media Deals 201: First Look Deals – Dos & Don’t

What do you need to think about? What content is covered? How does the first look operate? When does the first look need to be exercised by? Are there set terms if the project gets made? What happens if the “buyer” passes? Plus other key things to consider when negotiating first look deals.

  • Thursday, May 9 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Libel 201

Advanced topics facing practitioners, which may include: prepublication review challenges; important libel privileges, including fair report & common interest; neutral reportage, especially in the wake of the Dominion decision & other recent cases; libel deposition goals & strategy; & strategies for dealing with various litigation challenges, such as anonymous sources & editors notes or retractions.

  • Wednesday, May 8 at 8:30am ET / 1:30pm UK

Protecting Your Content Outside the US: Copyright and AI / ML

A panel of international intellectual property experts discuss basic rules, strategy, & practical tips with a focus on the use of copyrighted content in machine learning & AI model training. Special time to accommodate speakers in Asia, Europe, US & Canada, including Ayako Suga in Tokyo, Massimo Sterpi in Rome & Jim Holloway in Toronto.

  • Friday, April 26 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

DEI Issues in the Workplace Law Firms & Media Companies Should be Aware of

How law firm & workplace DEI programs may be impacted in the wake of the 2023 SCOTUS affirmative action decision in SFFA v. Harvard & UNC. The Diverse Voices Committee hosts a discussion reviewing recent caselaw & analyzing how employers can achieve DEI goals while mitigating against the risk of potential legal challenges.

  • Tuesday, April 16 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Anti-SLAPP Committee Call

Current views of anti-slapp laws from a legislative & judicial perspective: Kaitlin Wolff (ULC) on successes & failures in enacting UPEPA, Robb Harvey (Holland & Knight) on a recent effort to gut the Tennessee anti-SLAPP law, & Dana McElroy (Thomas & LoCicero) on statehouse & courthouse efforts to neuter the Florida anti-slapp law.

  • Wednesday, April 3 12-12:30pm ET / 9-9:30am PT

Why Do Deals Take So Long to Close?

(Or a therapy session) about closing deals, what holds deals up, what’s efficient, and how what we can do as an industry to improve the negotiation process. Join the Media Deals Committee for a lightning chat with panelist Ben Davis, Partner at WME.

Fito Agraz (left) and John Harper (right)
  • Wednesday, March 27 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Recent Activities of the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB)

The NLRB is the U.S. federal agency tasked with safeguarding employees’ rights in the context of both union and non-union private workplaces. Join for a discussion on what in the world has been going on with the NLRB and the potential impact of its recent decisions on both unionized and non-unionized employers alike.

  • Wednesday, March 27 at 4pm ET / 1pm PT

Insurance Committee Meeting

Media liability insurance for authors & freelancers; insurers' invasion of the litigation funding industry & its implications for media & entertainment companies; has the media defense community lost talent to the plaintiffs side as libel & related suits have become more frequent & lucrative?; new insurance trends & developments; & more.

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

California Chapter Quarterly Meeting: AI, Deepfakes, & the 1st Amendment

The publicity and copyright implications of various nascent AI technologies are a hot topic, especially as they interact with the First Amendment. Danielle Van Lier (SAG-AFTRA) and Corynne McSherry (EFF) will discuss recent developments concerning AI, digital avatars, deepfakes, and related legislative reforms. Zoom link will be provided with registration.

  • Tuesday, March 19 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Impact of Generative AI on Media and Advertising Law

A discussion covering recent developments in generative AI technology and how it is being used within the media and advertising ecosystem; intellectual property and advertising law considerations, including copyright, right of publicity, and false advertising concerns; and contractual provisions to consider when negotiating agreements with clients, partners, and vendors that implicate generative AI technologies.

  • Wednesday, March 6 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Entertainment Law Committee Meeting

We are eager to be returning to our traditional format of monthly meetings to discuss notable decisions and developments in the entertainment law space. We welcome volunteers to present on any development you’d like to share with the group.

  • Monday, March 4 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Media Deals Committee Meeting

A forum on the interaction between deal-making and documentary production.

  • Tuesday, February 20 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

The Search Warrant Response “Playbook”

In the wake of recent law enforcement raids on the Marion County Record and the home of freelance journalist Brian Carmody, please join the MLRC Criminal Law Committee for a discussion on how to respond when news clients are served with a search warrant.

  • Tuesday, February 13 at 11:00am ET / 8:00am PT

International Anti-SLAPP Developments

Please join us for a special 90 minute joint meeting of the MLRC International and anti-SLAPP committees on international anti-SLAPP developments.

  • Thursday, January 25 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Data Privacy: Tips Following a Data Breach to Best Position Yourself in the Event of Litigation

Presenters talk through a few decisions that are either expedited or overlooked during the chaos that follows a data incident, and the need to thoughtfully consider the impact of those decisions based on the effect they could have on ensuing litigation.

  • Wednesday, January 17 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Litigation/Internet & Technology: Large Litigation Models? A Discussion of Generative AI Issues

The status of litigations over the unauthorized use of content to train generative AI models; the copyrightability of the output of generative AI tools and potential right of publicity issues arising from those outputs; & the use of generative AI by lawyers in litigation and rules and guidance from the courts.

  • Wednesday, January 10 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

State Legislative Committee Meeting

Committee chair Brian Spahn updates the Committee on legislative updates in Wisconsin regarding proposed anti-SLAPP legislation as well as developments in the state’s public records law. We will use the balance of the time to brainstorm topics that members hope to address at upcoming meetings as well as hear from any of you who would…

  • Friday, December 15 12-12:30pm ET/ 9-9:30am PT

SAG-AFTRA Lightning Round Part 3: What the Actors Won (and Didn’t Get)

The WGA & SAG-AFTRA strikes are over! Jonathan Handel, Puck contributor, Senior Counsel at Feig/Finkel & preeminent expert on Hollywood unions and guilds, joins for a 3rd lightening round on what the actors won (and didn’t get), which changes most impact studios/platforms (and the lawyers representing them/drafting their deals), and where things landed on AI.

  • Wednesday, December 13 at 3pm ET / Noon PT

Insurance Committee Fifth Annual Virtual Holiday Party

Bring your own holiday cheer and treats to enjoy at our Virtual Holiday Party. The meeting includes an update on the Metaverse (has it been overshadowed by AI and ChatGPT?) as well as open discussion of important decisions and developments in insurance coverage law in 2023, predictions on what 2024 will bring, and more!

  • Tuesday December 12 at 11am ET

Cross-Border Vetting

The International Committee reprises its annual lively and informative discussion of global pre-publication review. Co-chairs Katharine Larsen of Thomson Reuters and Pia Sarma of News UK host discussion with Bloomberg’s Katie Graham among others.

  • Tuesday, December 12 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

A Holiday Gathering and Forecast for 2024: The Top 10 Probable Internet and Technology Issues in the Coming Year

The Internet and Technology Committee hosts its informal holiday gathering. Together, we cast our gaze on the future, including a discussion of the most likely internet and tech headlines coming in 2024.

  • Tuesday, December 12 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT

10 Issues That Keep Employment Lawyers Up at Night 2023-24 Edition

The Employment Committee informally discusses "10 Issues that Keep Employment Lawyers Up at Night," reflects on 2023 and the Committee’s programming, and discusses what the Committee hopes to do in 2024, with member feedback and participation

  • Tuesday, December 12 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Anti-SLAPP Committee Meeting

We’re focusing on potential anti-SLAPP legislation in 4 states: Arizona (Gregg Leslie, ASU Law School's First Amendment Clinic), Mississippi (Andrew Coffman, Phelps Dunbar), Wisconsin (Brian Spahn, Godfrey & Kahn) and Vermont (Matt Byrne, Gravel & Shea).

  • Tuesday, December 5 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Ethical Standards for Visual Journalism and Documentary Photography in an Age of AI & Misinformation

Journalists and news organizations struggle to keep up with the exponential increase in technological advancements during a war of dueling narratives. This is a very timely discussion about ethical standards for visual journalism and documentary photography in an age of AI & misinformation. With Fred Ritchin and Brian Palmer. Moderator: Mickey Osterreicher.

  • Thursday, November 16 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Insurance Committee Meeting

Chad Milton, Media Risk LLC will speak about his work on a legal defense fund for global investigative news organizations. Mike Hiestand, Student Press Law Center will brief us about his recent work with the growing number of college-based community reporting projects where college student journalists are taking on roles vacated by traditional media.

  • Tuesday, November 14 at 12pm ET / 9am PT

Pre-publication policies & practices with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) focus

Join the Pre-Pub/Pre-Broadcast & Diverse Voices Committees for a discussion on pre-publication policies and practices with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) focus. Are there unique considerations when considering pre-publication through a DEI lens? What are the best practices?

  • Thursday, November 2 at 2pm ET / 11am PT

Hot Issues in Copyright and Trademark Law

Building on the Copyright Hot Issues session at the MLRC Virginia Conference, the Copyright & Trademark Committee looks forward to a discussion on topical matters, including the implications of Goldsmith v. Warhol for fair use, application of the discovery rule in the context of copyright claims, and the Copyright Claims Board.

  • Wednesday, November 1 at 2 pm ET / 11 am PT

NextGen General Body Meeting

We used this time to touch base on our mentorship program and solicit any feedback. We also previewed exciting events for the end of this year, including a Next Gen meet-and-greet at the MLRC Annual Dinner, the Defense Counsel Section Lunch as well as a planned AI Clinic.

  • Tuesday, October 24 at 12pm ET / 9am PT

Instructing Lawyers Around the World: How to Find International Help When You Really Need It

Choosing and engaging with counsel in other countries can present special challenges. Please join the International Media Law Committee and MLRC deputy director Dave Heller for a discussion of how to cope, and the MLRC resources available to help. Tapping Dave’s store of contacts and recommendations from international conferences and MLRC members can be invaluable.

  • Thursday, October 19 at 12pm ET / 9am PT

Data Privacy Committee

The program will explore how the current data privacy regulatory framework impacts AI, discuss new initiatives on the horizon including the EU's AI Act, and review some frameworks in place to evaluate AI. With David Zetoony and Reena Bajowala of Greenberg Traurig's Data Privacy & Cybersecurity practice.

  • Thursday, October 18 at 12-12:30 pm ET / 9-9:30 am PT

WGA Strike: What the Writers Won & What’s Next?

Join the Media Deals committee and Jonathan Handel, Puck contributor, Senior Counsel at Feig/Finkel and a preeminent expert on Hollywood unions and guilds for a lightening round on what the WGA won, what it means for the studios/platforms (and the lawyers representing them/drafting their deals), and where the SAG negotiations stand.

  • Tuesday, October 17 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

The Nevada Shield Law Decision

In a first-of-its-kind decision, the Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that police are prohibited from searching through privileged newsgathering material on the seized electronic devices of deceased Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German. Join the Criminal Law Committee to hear from four of the lawyers involved in this year-long battle.

  • Tuesday, October 10 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Anti-SLAPP Committee Meeting

Mike Berry (Ballard Spahr), will discuss PA's recently passed UPEPA bill. Will Creeley (FIRE) will discuss FIRE’s free-speech goals and how they intersect with anti-SLAPP protections. Matt Leish will discuss a recent anti-SLAPP fee award in the Golan v. Daily News case. And Laura Prather will provide an update on UPEPA enactments and international developments.

  • Wednesday, September 27 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Evolving AI Compliance Considerations for Media Employers

Join the Employment Law Committee for a moderated, interactive discussion regarding AI and privacy developments for employers already using or contemplating the use of automated tools in the employment lifecycle. We'll explore best practices and strategies.

  • Tuesday, August 8 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Anti-SLAPP Committee Meeting

On the agenda: report on NJ UPEPA bill (Bruce Rosen); report on MA anti-SLAPP bill (Jeff Pyle); recent KS anti-SLAPP victory (Eric Weslander); Park v. Nazari - recent CA case about notices of motion and whether court can/will grant an anti-SLAPP motion as to portions of causes of action (Jordyn Ostroff). All are welcome!

  • August 2023

Media Law 101: Pre-Pub / Pre-Broadcast

Our review of the Pre-Pub/Pre-Broadcast basics focuses on a vetting hypothetical. We analyze: defamation vetting (including fair report privilege and opinion); privacy/risk of publicity vetting (specifically, reporting on private facts or minors); & newsgathering issues that arise in the pre-pub/pre-broadcast process (such as recording laws and obtaining sensitive information).

  • Thursday July 27 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Untraditional Platforms: Infotainment and the Connected Vehicle

The recent example of Tesla’s in-vehicle gaming system surviving regulatory scrutiny & ongoing discussions about virtual assistants in the car show that the cross-over between media tech & vehicle tech are only beginning. The Internet & Technology committee invites a panel of infotainment & vehicle technology experts to discuss where this cross-over may lead.

  • July 2023

Media Law 101: Entertainment

This one hour presentation will cover basic but important issues to be aware of in the entertainment law world, including issues relating to the use of materials subject to copyright and trademarks, the risks involving references to real people and things, how best to use and rely upon releases and disclaimers, and more.

  • July 2023

Hollywood on Hold: Everything You Want to Know about the WGA and SAG-AFTRA Strikes

For the first time since 1960, Hollywood writers and actors are striking at the same time. Join Jonathan Handel, Puck contributor, entertainment attorney and preeminent expert on Hollywood unions and guilds for answers to your most pressing questions.

  • July 2023

Media Law 101: Advertising & Commercial Speech

1st Amendment protection of commercial speech and regulation under right of publicity laws; Speech that toes the line between editorial and commercial, including when it is deemed native advertising or influencer marketing and subject to FTC jurisdiction; key principles underlying the laws governing sweepstakes and contests and best practices for navigating such promotions.

  • July 2023

Media Law 101: Newsgathering

New to newsgathering or need a refresher? Join the MLRC for “Newsgathering 101” presented by the Newsgathering Committee for an overview of the newsgathering process. This seminar addresses best practices for gathering news in public and private spaces.

  • July 2023

Media Law 101: Copyright (or Copyright Law in One Easy Lesson)

What is copyright? What is copyrightable? How do you get a copyright? What remedies are there for copyright infringement? What exceptions and limitations are there on copyright rights? What is fair use and what did the Supreme Court do with it in Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith (2023)? Copyright on the Internet.

  • Thursday June 29 at 2pm ET / 10am PT

Media Access to the Trump Indictments

Cameras and devices, or…pay phones and high school students? With Trump indictments announced in New York and Florida, and possible indictments in Georgia and D.C., please join the State Legislative Affairs and Criminal Law committees to discuss rules on access in these jurisdictions, experiences of journalists on the ground, and anticipated access fights to come.

  • June 2023

Media Law 101: Libel & Privacy

The MLRC is pleased to announce a special series of 101 Zoom calls this summer, focused on teaching the fundamentals of various discrete areas in media law. This one-hour session is aimed at summer associates, junior associates and even veteran media attorneys who are interested in learning the basics of libel law.

  • Monday, June 26 at 11 am ET / 8am PT

International Committee: UK Online Safety Bill & EU Digital Services Act

David Barker and Meghan Higgins of Pinsent Masons provide an overview of the UK’s Online Safety Bill with a particular focus on the provisions applicable to the media. Dorien Verhulst of Brinkhof explains how the EU’s Digital Service Act will change online content moderation.

  • Thursday, June 22 at 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT

Copyright & Trademark: Practical Realities & Protecting Your Content in an AI World

Generative AI is a big deal — and it's here to stay. Our journalists are all reporting on this topic, and everyone wants to find ways of using AI in their businesses. Please join us for a conversation and practical steps that we can take to protect our content and our ability to monetize it.

  • Tuesday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/ 2 PM CT / 1 PM MT / 12 PM PT.

Insurance Committee’s 2nd Quarter Meeting

Open Discussion: Fox's settlement of Dominion Voting System's defamation suit; emerging trends and new developments; Inflation, Climate Change and AI, oh my!; & How are mid-year renewals going?

  • Tuesday June 13 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Anti-SLAPP Committee Meeting

OK & TX avoided catastrophic changes to their Citizens Protection Act laws; UT's adoption of UPEPA; NJ's anti-SLAPP bill; a May 1 decision by CA Court of Appeal that raises questions on the scope of anti-SLAPP protection under the “public interest” provision; Resolute v. Greenpeace - a SLAPP resolved in Greenpeace’s favor after 7 years.

  • May 2023

Media Law 201: Pre-Pub/Pre-Broadcast

The MLRC Pre-Pub/Pre-Broadcast Committee's 201 series focuses on unsealing motions. The session will cover the mechanics of when, why, and how to file a successful unsealing motion, accompanied by high-profile lessons from the field, such as the Trump indictment hearing.

  • Tuesday, May 30 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

State Privacy and Freedom of Information Laws and Newsgathering Concerns

Frank LoMonte, (Counsel, CNN), and Micah Ratner, (Senior Asst. GC, NPR) join the State Legislative Affairs, Privacy, and Newsgathering committees in a discussion about the rise in state laws that indirectly threaten newsgathering and even publishing activities, including those aimed at protecting personal privacy and curbing freedom of information “auditors.”

  • May 2023

Media Law 201: Data Privacy

This session takes a deeper dive into the current landscape of data privacy laws and regulations across the United States at the state and federal level.

  • May 2023

Media Law 201: Copyright and Trademark

Join Moses Singer attorney David Rabinowitz as he presents Copyright 201. The session will cover Ownership (registration of copyright, including troll defense; notice of copyright; termination of transfers) and Disputes (notice and take-down; remedies; statute of limitations).

  • Tuesday, May 23 at 12 pm ET / 9 am PT

Knock Knock: Practical and Legal Considerations Before Door Knocking

Join the MLRC Newsgathering Committee's Vice Chair, Merriam Mikhail, for an important panel discussion with CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and legal experts about the considerations that newsrooms should weigh before journalists knock on a door to ask for an interview.

  • May 2023

Media Law 201: Entertainment Law

A discussion aimed at media attorneys wishing to become more knowledgeable in areas of media law in which they have some familiarity but are not already experts.

  • Friday, May 12 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Writers Guild of America Strike Discussion

Join the Employment Committee for a discussion on the Writers Guild of America strike. Angel Ortiz, Associate General Counsel and Global Head, Employment and Labor Relations at TelevisaUnivision will lead our discussion, taking us through the current status, highlighting some of the most relevant issues, impacts and concerns.

  • Wednesday, May 10 at 12pm ET / 9am PT

Drafting Clinic with Media Deals & Next Gen Committees

Got an extensive redline back on a major A-list celebrity’s appearance release for your streamer client’s upcoming game show? Strong disagreement between your client producing a new podcast and the commissioning podcast network on how your client will be attached to film/tv derivatives? Join us for a practical walk-through of how to address these issues.

  • Thursday, May 4 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Governance and Ethical Considerations in Generative AI

Hear from Andy Hall, Professor of Political Economics at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, on potential governance models, ethical considerations, and industry trends and predictions around the growing field of generative AI.

  • Thursday, April 20 at 12pm ET / 9am PT

Defend, Indemnify & Hold Harmless, Oh My!

Indemnification and other boilerplate clauses like force majeure and effect of termination may not feel like the sexiest parts of a contract, but they can have very real implications.

  • Thursday, April 13 at 2pm ET / 11am PT

Vetting Docudramas – Pre-Pub / Pre-Broadcast & Entertainment Committees Joint Meeting

Mechanics of vetting docudramas. Covering a trove of topics such as: the main legal issues to spot; the role of securing life rights/other waivers; the choice to fictionalize certain characters/create composite characters; defending against libel-in-fiction & right-of-publicity claims; the role of disclaimers; & how much protection the 1st Amendment provides to creative or satirical content.

  • Tuesday, April 11 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Anti-SLAPP Committee Meeting

We will have three speakers addressing three current anti-SLAPP issues.

  • Tuesday, March 28 at 1pm ET/10am PT

Pay Transparency Laws: What Media Employers Should Know and Best Practices & Strategies for Compliance

Several states have implemented pay transparency laws that have gone into effect within the past year. Join the Employment Law Committee for a panel discussion on the implementation of recent pay transparency laws, the impact these laws are having on employers and employees, and best practices and strategies for media employers.

  • Tuesday, March 21 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Access to Grand Jury Proceedings and Other High-Profile Criminal Cases

Join the Criminal Law Committee for a discussion of access efforts in recent high-profile criminal cases.

  • Monday, February 27 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Joint Advertising & Commercial Speech and Data Privacy Committee Meeting

Join us for a discussion — with IAB and IAB Tech Lab’s General Counsel Michael Hahn, and IAB’s Assistant General Counsel Tony Ficarrotta — of the MSPA and the industry compliance challenges it addresses.

  • Tuesday, February 7at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Anti-SLAPP committee meeting

Matt Leish of Miller Korzenik on SLAPP case, Golan v. Daily News; Matt Schafer of Paramount Global & Tanvi Valsangikar of Penguin Random House on their article “The Application of the New York Anti-SLAPP Scheme in Federal Court”; & Marc Randazza, on SD 2094, an anti-SLAPP bill introduced recently in the Massachusetts legislature.

  • Friday, January 27 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Insurance Committee meeting

Featuring two panels: 2022 Media and Entertainment Claims Review and Trends, and 2022 Underwriting & Market Conditions Review.

  • Thursday, January 26 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Internet & Technology Committee meeting

The Internet & Technology Law Committee's first meeting of 2023 discussing generative AI with Joyce Li of Morrison Foerster. An overview of what the technology is, the major players and some of the ethical and legal issues that have arisen.

  • Thursday, January 12 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Next Gen Committee: Copyright Clinic

The Clinic is led by Caleb Donaldson from Google, who takes us through a mock exercise involving apps and content. The clinic covers intermediary liability, terms of service, and fair use.

  • Thursday, December 15 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Insurance Committee Meeting & Virtual Holiday Party

The Metaverse and the exposures it will pose to media and entertainment companies and their insurers; important decisions & developments in insurance coverage law; predictions for 2023; committee results from 2022 and plans for 2023.

  • Wednesday, December 14 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Advertising & Commercial Speech Committee Meeting

An overview of the ad tech industry, followed by a deep dive into the new U.S. privacy state laws that will regulate it, presented by Fernando Bohorquez Jr. (Partner, BakerHostetler).

  • Monday, December 12 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Employment Law Committee Meeting

(5) Hot Topics in employment law that are relevant to media employers as we look to 2023.

  • Wednesday, December 7 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Next Gen Q2 General Body Meeting

On the agenda: updates on our programs; future clinics and social events; and time permitting, time to break out into small groups.

  • Wednesday, December 7 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT

Joint Litigation and Media Copyright Committee Meeting

A discussion of when a claim “accrues” under the Copyright Act’s 3-year statute of limitations and what constitutes discovery and republication for purposes of the statute of limitations.

  • Tuesday, December 6 at 11 am ET / 4 pm UK

Int’l Committee: Back by Popular Demand — Cross Border Vetting

Join the BBC’s David Attfield, Bloomberg’s Katie Graham, Dow Jones’ Jake Goldstein, the New York Times’ Dana Green and Reuters’ Julia Atcherley for a lively discussion of global pre-publication review.

  • Tuesday, December 6 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Anti-SLAPP Committee Meeting

Presentations on: the Colorado Court of Appeals anti-SLAPP case L.S.S. v. S.A.P.; Legal Network for Journalists at Risk; Jha v. Khan, the first UPEPA appellate decision in the United States, issued by Washington’s Court of Appeals; and the UK Model Anti-SLAPP law.

  • Tuesday, November 1 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Employment Law Committee Meeting

We will catch up with one another, meet new members, and discuss recent employment law issues that have arisen, such as the recent U.S. Labor Department worker status proposal and any other hot topics our members are seeing and want to share with the Committee. We also look forward to hearing your ideas on topics…

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

Insurance Committee Meeting

MLRC's Insurance Committee meeting from Tuesday, October 25th at 3pm ET/ 12pm PT.

  • Thursday, October 6 at 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT

Pre-Pub/Pre-Broadcast: Vetting True Crime

We are joined by two wonderful guest speakers: David Sternbach, Senior Vice President of Content, Production & Risk at A+E Networks and Alison Schary, counsel at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Tuesday, October 4 at 11am ET / 4pm UK

International Committee Meeting: News Remuneration Efforts in the US and Abroad

The latest developments in remuneration for news organizations, vis-à-vis Big Tech, across various countries, including France, Canada, Australia, England and the US.

  • Thursday, September 22 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Internet & Technology Law Committee Meeting

Please join the MLRC Internet & Technology Law Committee virtually for an in-depth review of the Dobbs v Jackson decision and its implications, particularly for technology companies.

  • Monday, September 12 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Newsgathering Committee Meeting: The Use of Drones

The session will feature Committee Co-Chair Mickey Osterreicher speaking with Kerry Fleming, Manager of the FAA System Operations Support Center, and John Meehan, the FAA's Public Safety Liaison with the FAA’s Office of UAS Integration.

  • August 2022

Data Privacy & Security Committee Meeting: Demystifying Tech—Apps!

Tyler Thompson of Greenberg Traurig will discuss mobile app compliance requirements (spoiler alert – there are many!). New requirements from Apple and Google will be discussed, as well as other mobile app regulatory concerns and best practices.

  • August 2022

Entertainment Law 101

Our final Media Law 101 of the summer!

  • August 2022

Anti-SLAPP Committee Meeting

The committee meets bimonthly and focuses its attention on recent SLAPP rulings, the progress of new anti-SLAPP bills in state legislatures without strong SLAPP legislation, possible model SLAPP statutes, and advice and counsel on securing federal anti-SLAPP protections.

  • August 2022

Libel Plaintiff Litigation Funding: Getting Behind the Curtain

An exploration of lawsuits funded by third parties—why it matters, how to find out who's behind the funding, its effect on settlement efforts, and more.

  • August 2022

Media Deals Committee Meeting

Join the Media Deals Committee for a “Media Acquisitions 101” session with Trevor Norwitz, a partner in the corporate department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, to discuss the basics media that are helpful to know for entertainment & media counsel (even when relying on corporate outside or co-counsel).

  • July 2022

Media Law 101: Internet / Section 230 / DMCA

Learn more about how Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act prevent internet service providers from being held responsible for content posted by their users.

  • July 2022

FTC’s Proposed Endorsement Guidance

Moderated by Nancy Felsten, Davis Wright Tremaine. With Serena Viswanathan, Associate Director for Advertising Practices at the FTC, and Laura Brett, Vice President, National Advertising Division at BBB National Programs.

  • July 2022

Media Law 101: Newsgathering

This 101 presented by Edward Fenno and Eric Robinson addresses access to record, courts, and government meetings; other access issues such as access to private property, drones & police bodycams; source confidentiality; receiving documents from leakers and more.

  • July 2022

Copyright 101, or Copyright Law and Fair Use in One Easy Lesson

What is copyright? What is copyrightable? What remedies are there for copyright infringement? What exceptions and limitations are there on copyright rights? What is a fair use?

  • June 2022

Insurance Committee Meeting

Primer on insurance; "Top 10" insurance issues noninsurance lawyers should know; recent changes to New York State's Insurance Disclosure Law; and more.

  • June 2022

Media Law 101: Pre-Publication / Pre-Broadcast

This workshop is structured as issue spotting around hypotheticals, identifying potential legal pitfalls that arise in the reporting process, including defamation, privacy, newsgathering, right of publicity and recording laws.

  • June 2022

Copyright & Trademark Committee Meeting

A discussion of the new Copyright Claims Board with Copyright Claims Officer, Brad Newberg, The Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith, and whether to remove “old” material from websites based on developments and uncertainty in the law.

  • June 2022

Media Law 101: Libel

This session 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.

  • June 2022

Hot Takes: Social Media Regulation, Section 230 and the Tech World

We invite you to join the Technology and Internet Law Committee as we welcome speakers who are no strangers to challenging issues in digital law to take us through breaking developments.

  • June 2022

International Developments in Anti-SLAPP Laws

Join the Anti-SLAPP and International committees as we discuss international developments in Anti-SLAPP laws, including a discussion of progress in Canada, the EU, and the UK.

  • May 2022

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.

  • May 2022

Entertainment Committee Meeting

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

  • May 2022

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…

  • May 2022

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.

  • April 2022

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.

  • April 2022

Media Deals Committee Meeting

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

  • March 2022

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.

  • March 2022

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.

  • March 2022

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.

  • March 2022

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.

  • March 2022

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.

  • March 2022

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?

  • March 2022

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.

  • March 2022

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.”

  • March 2022

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

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

  • March 2022

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. 

  • February 2022

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.

  • February 2022

Pre-Publication/Pre-Broadcast Committee Call

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

  • February 2022

Next Gen Committee Call

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

  • January 2022

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

  • January 2022

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?

  • January 2022

Employment Committee Meeting

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

  • December 2021

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

  • December 2021

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

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

  • December 2021

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.

  • December 2021

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.

  • November 2021

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

  • November 2021

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.

  • November 2021

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.

  • October 2021

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

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

  • October 2021

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.

  • October 2021

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.

  • October 2021

Entertainment Law Committee Meeting

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

  • September 2021

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.

  • September 2021

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.

  • August 2021

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.

  • August 2021

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.

  • July 2021
  • 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.

  • July 2021

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…

  • July 2021

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.

  • July 2021

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.

  • June 2021
  • 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.

  • June 2021

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.

  • June 2021

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.

  • May 2021
  • 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.

  • May 2021

International Committee Meeting: Journalism in Asia

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

  • 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.