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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 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.

Kenneth M. Kaufman is associated with the following items:
Transcripts  Transcripts Analysis of a Technical License Agreement - Analysis of a Technical License Agreement , Monday, February 27, 2012
Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing , Monday, February 27, 2012
Television, Video & User-Generated Content - Television, Video & User-Generated Content , Thursday, March 15, 2012
Introduction & Overview of Entertainment - Introduction & Overview of Entertainment , Thursday, March 15, 2012
Introduction - Introduction , Monday, March 19, 2012
Introduction - Introduction , Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Television, Video & User-Generated Content - Television, Video & User-Generated Content , Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Introduction & Overview of Entertainment - Introduction & Overview of Entertainment , 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
Web Segment  Web Segment Analysis of a Technology License Agreement - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014 , Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014 , Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014 - Breakouts: Analysis of a Content/Technical License Agreement - Analysis of a Technology License Agreement , Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014: Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing , Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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: Television, Video & User-Generated Content - Television, Video & User-Generated Content , Friday, March 07, 2014
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014: Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing , Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014 - Breakouts: Analysis of a Content/Technical License Agreement - Analysis of a Technology License Agreement , Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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: Television, Video & User-Generated Content - Television, Video & User-Generated Content , Friday, March 07, 2014
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014 , Wednesday, February 12, 2014 , San Francisco, CA
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
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2014
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015 , Wednesday, January 28, 2015 , San Francisco, CA
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 Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015 , Wednesday, January 28, 2015 , San Francisco, CA
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
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