Kenneth M. Kaufman is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. His practice focuses on copyright, entertainment and media law, content and music licensing, Internet law, social media, sports law, and the evolving new technologies in the entertainment and computer fields.
He represents a wide range of clients including television networks, digital media and technology companies, international media companies, photographers, music publishers, media and technology investors, television and video producers, telecommunications companies, new media entrepreneurs, social media websites, private equity firms, foundations, visual artists, songwriters, recording artists, Broadway theatre producers, and authors.
Ken has extensive experience as both in-house and outside counsel in the entertainment and communications industries. Immediately prior to joining Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, 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 copyright, entertainment and Internet law, and also served as Assistant Counsel of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee.
Ken is a recognized authority in the fields of copyright and entertainment law. He was recently named the 2014 Washington, D.C. Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America (where he is also listed in the practice areas of entertainment law-music, entertainment law-motion pictures and television, and intellectual property litigation). He has been profiled by Legal Times as a leading intellectual property lawyer, and was selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 (for media and entertainment), Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2013 (for intellectual property), and Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Lawyers 2013. He is frequently quoted in the media, including in a National Law Journal article on copyright revision in 2013.
Ken is a frequent speaker and author on copyright, entertainment law and issues involving the convergence of the entertainment, communications and technology fields. He has chaired programs and spoken at industry conferences for the Practising Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Computer Law Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, the New York State Bar Association, the D.C. Computer Law Forum, and the South by Southwest Music Conference, among others. He serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and on the Board of Directors of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. He is also a member of the Planning Committee for the annual Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference, teaches an annual course on copyright law and litigation for the D.C. Bar, and chairs the Online Education Committee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (where he has also served as a Trustee).
Ken 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.