Copyright Terminations: Advanced Topics

Aaron Moss Dan Stone
September 09, 2016


Copyright terminations are a hot topic these days, but what do practitioners really need to know when they are representing the creator or assignee of copyrighted works where copyright termination issues are present?

Aaron Moss and Dan Stone, experienced intellectual property litigators and counselors, discuss some advanced topics that arise when representing clients faced with copyright termination issues in connection with literary and musical works. The presenters discuss the most common pitfalls that lawyers face in this area while providing practical advice on how to advise clients on both sides of the issue.

This program will be useful for lawyers with experience in copyright matters who have an interest in copyright termination issues or who are involved in intellectual property counseling and litigation.


Aaron Moss, Partner, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Dan Stone, Counsel, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Aaron is a Partner with Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP, in Los Angeles. He handles a variety of entertainment litigation, intellectual property and general commercial matters, specializing in protecting the rights of owners and users of creative works. Aaron litigates high-profile copyright infringement actions for both plaintiffs and defendants, including studios, independent distributors, production companies, video game publishers, technology firms and individuals. He also counsels clients on all aspects of copyright law, including chain of title and clearance reviews, ownership transfers, license termination, copyright preemption, fair use, music sampling and internet piracy. Aaron has particularly extensive experience with the Copyright Act’s statutory termination provisions, and has litigated cases involving numerous entertainment properties when authors’ heirs have sought to recapture copyrights under these statutes. He has been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 100 Power Lawyers” list, Variety’s “Legal Impact Report,” and to the Daily Journal’s “Top IP Litigators in California” for the last five years in a row. Aaron is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Phi Beta Kappa, and a magna cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School.

Dan is a Counsel with Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP, in Los Angeles. He helps plaintiffs and defendants successfully navigate their disputes at all stages of litigation and dispute resolution, including at trial and on appeal. Dan represents clients ranging from artists to Fortune 100 companies in disputes involving copyright, trademark, trade secrets, breach of contract, rights of publicity and privacy, labor law, and ERISA. Formerly Assistant General Counsel at the Directors Guild of America, he represents and advises multi-national corporations, production companies, rights-holders and artists in connection with entertainment industry collective bargaining agreements and pension and health plans. Before attending law school, Dan was Director of Development at a production company affiliated with a major studio, and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He graduated from Cornell University and Loyola Law School.

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