CELEBRITY LICENSING

Thursday, June 14

11:00am - 12:30pm

The rights pertaining to individuals (Right of Publicity) are critical for licensing and advertising professionals to understand, yet much confusion exists, creating hazardous pitfalls and expensive mistakes. Litigation over unauthorized uses makes regular headlines and celebrities (or their representatives) are more organized than ever in developing and protecting their licensable assets. The session will also touch upon valuation of unauthorized uses.

MODERATOR:
JONATHAN FABER
Founder & Managing Partner
Luminary Group LLC

Jonathan Faber is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Luminary Group LLC. Jonathan is a visible leader in the licensing industry and a recognized expert in the field of licensing and the Right of Publicity. Jonathan has worked on behalf of all types of intellectual property owners and has collaborated with countless entities operating within the licensing sector such as manufacturers, advertising agencies, music publishers, and media companies. He has served as an expert witness in litigation throughout the United States involving parties such as Uma Thurman and Lancome, Zooey Deschanel and Steven Madden Shoes, Checkers/Rallys, Fruit of the Loom, animated character Madeline, Grammy-Award winning group Digable Planets and Target, Nikki Sixx and Vans.

Jonathan also is an attorney with McNeely Stephenson Thopy & Harrold. Prior to Luminary Group and McNeely Stephenson, Jonathan was a partner at Sommer Barnard (now Taft), and he served for almost ten years with CMG Worldwide, where he was President of CMG. Before CMG Worldwide, Jonathan worked for a joint venture between Atlantic Records and Time Warner, where he participated in projects involving the Looney Tunes characters and the Power Rangers.Jonathan is the professor and creator of The Right of Publicity at Indiana University School of Law–Indianapolis. He also teaches Licensing Intellectual Property at the Maurer School of Law—IU Bloomington. He is a frequent guest speaker at events, programs and legal symposiums throughout the country, as well as providing interviews and commentary for various media outlets and programming such as ESPN and the BBC. Jonathan recently was a key speaker at the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) annual symposium in La Quinta, California, and he also delivered a feature presentation to the Philadelphia Bar Association. He also is a frequent contributor to business and licensing publications, such as License! Magazine. He has recently been quoted or profiled in Billboard Magazine, AdWeek, and the ABA’s national magazine, the ABA Journal.

Jonathan is the creator and administrator of www.RightOfPublicity.com, the leading online resource for the Right of Publicity. Jonathan was a co-author of the amicus brief filed by the Screen Actor’s Guild in Keller v. NCAA. Jonathan also has been a contributor to various state legislatures considering Right of Publicity legislation.