Kenneth M. Kaufman is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. His practice focuses on entertainment and media law, copyright, content and music licensing, digital media and sports law. He represents a wide range of clients including television networks, international media and publishing companies, television and video producers, music publishers, digital media and technology companies, media and technology investors, telecommunications companies, photographers, visual artists, new media entrepreneurs, social media websites, private equity firms, foundations, songwriters, recording artists and authors.
Ken is a recognized authority in the fields of entertainment law and copyright. He was recently named the 2014 Washington, D.C. Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America (where is also listed in the practice areas of entertainment law-motion pictures and television, entertainment law-music, and intellectual property litigation). He has also been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, The Legal 500 United States, and Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Lawyers.
Ken has extensive experience as both in-house and outside counsel in the entertainment and communications industries. Immediately prior to joining Manatt, he was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Showtime Networks Inc. in New York; as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel of PolyGram Records, Inc. in New York; and as General Counsel of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In two of those positions, he was the first in-house attorney and organized the in-house legal department. In addition, for several years he served as a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School, teaching a course on entertainment law, copyright and Internet law, and also served as Assistant Counsel of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee.
Ken serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and on the Planning Committee for the annual Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference. He teaches an annual course on copyright law and litigation for the D.C. Bar, is a member of the Board of Directors of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and has served as a Trustee and Chair of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. He is a frequent speaker and author on entertainment law, copyright, technology law, and issues involving the convergence of the entertainment, communications and technology fields. He is a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Yale Law School (where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal), and is admitted to practice in New York, California and the District of Columbia.