In tracing the liability that a hypothetical law professor named “John” unwittingly incurs through the course of single day and by exploring a series of examples ranging from Disney and Dr. Seuss to Nirvana and Thomas Pynchon, John Tehranian explores the changing landscape of infringement liability in today’s digital world. In the process, this program discusses the many ways individuals and entities may unknowingly subject themselves to infringement liability, assesses the evolution of specific laws governing infringement liability and the fair use defense, and delves into the theories and history of copyright protection to provider viewers with a more complete understanding of the growing impact of copyright law on all of our lives.
John Tehranian, Partner, One LLP, Newport Beach, CA
John is a founding partner of One LLP and the Paul W. Wildman Chair and Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, John has litigated numerous high-profile lawsuits, including copyright, trademark and right of publicity disputes involving Madonna, Don Henley, B.B. King, Bettie Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Perez Hilton, among others. Variety’s 2013 Legal Impact Report recognized him as one of the world’s top 50 entertainment lawyers and he has been repeatedly honored as a Southern California Super Lawyer. John’s writing has been widely cited, from testimony before Congress and decisions of the state, federal and Israeli courts to briefs before the Supreme Court in such landmark intellectual property cases as MGM v. Grokster, Tiffany v. eBay, Golan v. Holder and Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons.