February 1 Monday

Payson R. Wolff Lecture - Trademaarks in Entertainment in Conflict

  • Monday, February 1, 2016 at 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • Room 122
  • Open To The YLS Community Only
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It is not uncommon for those producing entertainment content to utilize goods or other items that are trademarked.  Singles at a bar in a romantic comedy order a Budweiser.  A group of men in a movie are on their way to a baseball game, dressed in team regalia.  Someone in a reality program visits the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  These usages implicate conflicting rights: how are the rights of those engaged in free expression and the rights of trademark owners resolved?

Please join us and our excellent panel to discuss how lawyers evaluate the use of trademarked materials in content and promotional materials.


-  Stephanie Abrutyn, Senior Vice President & Chief Counsel, Litigation, Home Box Office, Inc.


-  Yvette Encarnacion, Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property & Litigation at Viacom Media Networks

-  Ayala Deutsch, Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, NBA Properties, National Basketball Association

-  Alonzo Wickers, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, Los Angeles

The Payson R. Wolff Lectureship was created to honor Yale Law School alumnus Payson R. Wolff, one of the leading entertainment lawyers of his generation, and it is intended to explore the complex questions of intellectual property.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

ISP, GLC, TechSoc