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Intellectual property issues and profit disparities for viral social media “stars” @ SxSW

March 7, 2017 Leave a comment

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Join me and this extraordinary panel of experts, Michael D. Armstrong (Viacom), Devin Johnson (Uninterrupted), and panel organizer, Simone Bresi-Ando (I’mPOSSIBLE) at SxSW on Tuesday March 14th at 11 AM: Gentrifying Genius: Urban Creators Stripped Bare.

The panel will explore themes around The Fader’s article: “Black Teens Are Breaking The Internet And Seeing None Of The Profits” in a solutions-focused manner that will not only discuss the ecosystem that maintains the inequalities but also ways to protect and monetize their creative genius on social media.

Simone Bresi-Ando of I’mPOSSIBLE explains:

Black and brown youth are missing out on fruitful and ultimately life changing opportunities and rewards from their intellectual property which remains wildly popular but unpaid and uncredited.

Intellectual Property and Social Media

thumbnail_ImP x SxSW 2017 panelist promo INSTAGRAM graphic PROF TONYA EVANSI will adjust the frame of reference by explaining what intellectual property is, how rights are created, what rights creators control and what they give up when they opt-in to social media platforms, and how creators of color, in particular, can better navigate disparities in what I call the “post-to-profit” pipeline.

This disparity, of course, is not new. Similar misappropriation pervades America’s history with creators of color. In the cinematic suspense phenomenon Get Out, Jordan Peele goes a step further beyond cultural appropriation to examine the ultimate misappropriation of black bodies themselves, genius and all.

This will be a rich, engaging, dynamic conversation. Hope to see you there!

Prof. Evans to moderate NBA IP Law Review CLE webinar Wed 6/8

June 6, 2016 Leave a comment

I invite you to register for Wednesday’s webinar, hosted by the NBA IP Law Section. Registration is free for all IP Section members, and $30 for non-members.

IP Law Review – A Survey of Recent Developments in Patent, Trademark, and Trade Secret Law.

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT

Follow live tweet at #NBAIPLaw

Presenters:

  • Tonya Evans (Widener University Commonwealth Law School) – Moderator
  • Darrell Mottley (Banner Witcoff)
  • Shontavia Johnson (Drake University Law School)
  • Kevin Jordan (JP Morgan Chase)

Summary – Our panelists will discuss a variety of hot topics and recent developments in patent, trademark, and trade secret law, including:

  • The internet of things as an emerging technology/industry, and related IP and regulatory issues
  • Intersection between the First Amendment and Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act regarding registration of immoral, scandalous, or disparaging trademarks, including the impact of trademark cases
  • Overview of trade secret law and its viability as an alternative means of IP protection

CLE Info: The NBA IP Law Section is looking into obtaining CLE accreditation in the following jurisdictions: CA, GA, IL, NY, TX, and VA. For questions regarding CLE accreditation, please contact Bill Barrow (wbarrow[at]mayerbrown.com).

Cost: This webinar is free for NBA IP Law Section members and costs $30 (plus processing fees) for non-members.

Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nba-ip-law-section-intellectual-property-law-review-registration-25483682380

MEDIA ALERT: Prof. Evans to Appear on The Morning Mojo Show 900 AM-Phila 6/26

June 25, 2014 Leave a comment

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On Thursday, June 26th I will be a guest on The Morning Mojo Show WURD 900 AM- Philadelphia hosted by dear friend and station program director, Stephanie Renee, to discuss my unique path to entertainment and intellectual property law and my upcoming participation in Dollars & $ense: The Business of Black Music panel discussion on Monday, June 30th.

Specifically, we’ll chat about how we met,  my transition from poet to Lawyer by Day, Poet by Night™, and how I gained valuable work experience along the way to inform my professional choices in publishing, law, performance and, ultimately, academia. My segment will air at approximately 11:00 AM but tune in early so you’re sure not to miss it. Shows are archived in case you can’t catch it live.

[Tune in via the Web Live Stream]

Dollars & $ense: The Business of Black Music, is a WURD 900 AM special initiative in honor of Black Music Month, the next installment in 900AM-WURD’s Dollars & $ense professional development series, sponsored by Wells Fargo. I will offer some pointers related to estate planning and IP, and how my practice experience helps to inform my teaching.  Read more…

EVENT: PA CLE “Entertainment Law in the 21st Century” – June 14th

June 5, 2012 Leave a comment
Entertainment Law in the 21st Century
Effective representation in an ever-changing industry
June 14, 2012 – Live in Philadelphia, Simulcast in all other PBI locations
Course Planner: Professor Tonya M. Evans
6 Total CLE credits, 1 of which may be applied toward  Ethics
Course №: 7247

An effective and successful twenty-first century entertainment lawyer does much more than draft, review and negotiating contracts, license rights and account for revenue. Today’s entertainment lawyer must have a command of how to successfully exploit and protect client assets and rights in a global economy and for an ever-increasing duration of time.

Twenty-first century entertainment law representation involves emerging multimedia platforms and complex relationships with myriad interest-holders, implicates a host of state, federal and international laws and collective bargaining agreements, and requires short-term, long term and postmortem planning to maximize and to protect the value of a client’s assets for the full duration of those rights, especially when those rights survive the death of the owner.

Today’s entertainment lawyer must develop a core competence in intellectual property, labor and antitrust law and estate planning, as well as familiarity with a host of others. This course uses an outstanding faculty to present an overview of the areas of core competency as follows: intellectual property assets, established and emerging media, contractual issues and key clauses in various fields within the entertainment industry, the role of unions, the ethics of representation and agency, and hot topics coverage. This course is appropriate for generalists and specialists alike.

Outstanding Faculty Presenters

Agenda:

Virtual Law Practice in the Entertainment Industry (via Skype®) with Stephanie Kimbro, Esq.

The Role of Unions in Sports and Entertainment with Mary Cavarallo, Esq., Thomas Carpenter, Esq., and DeMaurice “De” Smith, Esq.

Estate Planning for Entertainment Clients with Stephanie P. Saint-Cyr

The Ethics of Representation and Agency with  Justin Wineburgh, Esq., Mary Cavarallo, Esq. and Alexander Murphy, Jr. Esq.

The Players and Process of Representation & Century IP Assets & Emerging Media with Justin Wineburgh, Esq., and Alexander Murphy, Jr. Esq.

[Additional info & to register for Entertainment Law in the 21st Century (LIVE and Simulcast)]

When Social Networking Goes Wrong, Personally and Professionally

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

As reported by LearnVest.com:

Great article on the 10 social media blunders that can hurt your career. My rule of thumb? “Take 10 before you send.” Ten breaths, ten seconds, ten laps. Whatever you need to ensure that you fully intend to say what is in your tweet, text, post, or e-mail.

“You probably know all the ways social media can help you professionally. You can demonstrate your expertise on a topic using Twitter, network your way to a new job using LinkedIn and keep old connections fresh on Facebook.

But social media can also have a darker side.”

Read the full article about social networking blunders that hurt your career.

 

Copyright & Licensing Job Opps: Have One? Need One?

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

As reported by CopyrightLaws.com:

JOBS WITH COPYRIGHT & LICENSING FUNCTIONS – Occasionally organizations with positions for lawyers and non-lawyers (e.g., librarians, editors) email Copyrightlaws.com with openings. These openings will now be available via Twitter @Copyrightlaws. Please keep sending those positions so we can share them with job seekers. Email contact@copyrightlaws.com.

What you need to know abt the “Virtual Law Practice” from an Expert!

January 14, 2012 Leave a comment

The legal market has recently experienced a dramatic shift as lawyers seek out alternative methods of practicing law and providing more affordable legal services. Virtual law practice is revolutionizing the way the public receives legal services and how legal professionals work with clients. Attorney and author Stephanie L. Kimbro is one of the revolutionaries leading the way and educating others as she does.

I had the great pleasure of moderating a panel at this year’s American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Conference on which Kimbro served. The panel, titled Technological Innovation in Practice and Education, included Kimbro’s insights as a trailblazing legal practitioner who conducts her entire law practice virtually.

If you are interested in this form of practicing law, Virtual Law Practicewill help you:

  • Responsibly deliver legal services online to your clients
  • Successfully set up and operate a virtual law office
  • Establish a virtual law practice online through a secure, client-specific portal
  • Manage and market your virtual law practice
  • Understand state ethics and advisory opinions
  • Find more flexibility and work/life balance in the legal profession

Kimbro’s practical guide also provides case studies of individual virtual law practices along with client scenarios to show how web-based technology may be used by legal professionals to work with online clients and avoid malpractice risks.

Read more…

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