FacultyFaculty/Author Profile
Kenneth M. Kaufman

Kenneth M. Kaufman

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Washington, DC, USA


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.

Kenneth M. Kaufman is associated with the following items:
Transcripts  Transcripts Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing, Monday, February 27, 2012
Analysis of a Technical License Agreement - Analysis of a Technical License Agreement, Monday, February 27, 2012
Introduction & Overview of Entertainment - Introduction & Overview of Entertainment, Thursday, March 15, 2012
Television, Video & User-Generated Content - Television, Video & User-Generated Content, Thursday, March 15, 2012
Introduction - Introduction, Monday, March 19, 2012
Introduction - Introduction , Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Introduction & Overview of Entertainment - Introduction & Overview of Entertainment, Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Television, Video & User-Generated Content - Television, Video & User-Generated Content, Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Introduction - Introduction, Thursday, March 07, 2013
Introduction - Introduction , Friday, March 08, 2013
Analysis of a Technology License Agreement - Analysis of a Technology License Agreement, Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing, Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Introduction - Introduction , Tuesday, March 11, 2014
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Theme Park License - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014, Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Amended and Restated Internet Game Development Agreement - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014, Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Copyright and Content Licensing - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014, Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Co-Production Agreement - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014, Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Content License Agreement - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014, Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Overview of Entertainment Law Issues; Television, Video & User-Generated Content - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2014 , Monday, March 03, 2014
Amended and Restated Internet Game Development Agreement - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Copyright and Content Licensing - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Theme Park License - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Content License Agreement - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Co-Production Agreement (February 24, 1997) - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Overview of Entertainment Law Issues; Television, Video & User-Generated Content - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2015, Monday, March 02, 2015
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2014
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2015
Web Segment  Web Segment Television, Video & User-Generated Content - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2014 - Overview of Entertainment Law Issues; Television, Video & User-Generated Content; Videogames & Software Apps; Building an Entertainment Law Practice; Ethics, Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015, Friday, January 30, 2015
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2014 - Overview of Entertainment Law Issues; Television, Video & User-Generated Content; Videogames & Software Apps; Building an Entertainment Law Practice; Ethics, Monday, March 17, 2014, New York, NY
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2014 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, New York, NY
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2014 - Book Publishing; Current Developments in Entertainment and Sports Litigation; Film, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, New York, NY
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015, Thursday, February 12, 2015, San Francisco, CA
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing , Friday, January 30, 2015
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing , Friday, January 30, 2015
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2015 - Overview of Entertainment Law Issues; Television, Video & User-Generated Content; Videogames & Software Apps; Personal Management & Agency Contracts; Building an Entertainment Law Practice; Ethics, Monday, March 02, 2015, New York, NY
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2015 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing, Tuesday, March 03, 2015, New York, NY
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2015 - Book Publishing; Current Developments in Entertainment and Sports Litigation; Film, Wednesday, March 04, 2015, New York, NY
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015, Thursday, April 23, 2015, Chicago, IL
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2015 - Overview of Entertainment Law Issues; Television, Video & User-Generated Content; Videogames & Software Apps; Personal Management & Agency Contracts; Building an Entertainment Law Practice; Ethics, Monday, March 02, 2015, New York, NY
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2015 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing, Tuesday, March 03, 2015, New York, NY
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2015 - Book Publishing; Current Developments in Entertainment and Sports Litigation; Film, Wednesday, March 04, 2015, New York, NY
Print Share Email