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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 entertainment and media law, copyright, content and music licensing, digital media, and sports law.  He represents a wide range of clients including television networks and distributors, international media and publishing companies, video producers, music publishers, digital media and technology companies, telecommunications companies, photographers, visual artists, copyright licensing companies, Broadway theatre producers, private equity firms, foundations, composers, recording artists and authors.

Ken is a recognized authority in the fields of entertainment law and copyright.  He was named the 2014 Washington, D.C. Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, where he is also currently 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, Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Lawyers, and The Legal 500 United States.

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.  Previously he served as Assistant Counsel of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee.

In addition to his law practice, Ken was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University in 2016 and 2017.  He has also served as a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School, where he taught a course on entertainment law, copyright and Internet law for several years, and as a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School, teaching a course on copyright law.

Ken is a frequent lecturer for the Practising Law Institute and serves as Co-Chair of PLI’s annual conference on Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry.  He also speaks on copyright and content licensing at the annual PLI Advanced Licensing Agreements conference and serves on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and on the Planning Committee for the annual Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference.  In addition, 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 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:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Theme Park License between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Amended and Restated Internet Game Development Agreement - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Copyright and Content Licensing - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Eric A. Prager, Content License Agreement - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Co-Production Agreement (February 24, 1997) - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Summary Order, U.S. v. Broadcast Music, Inc., No. 16-3830 (2d Cir. Dec. 19, 2017) - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018, Thursday, March 01, 2018
Common Issues in Entertainment Industry Transactions (Updated December 2017) - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018, Thursday, March 01, 2018
License Agreement for Subscription Video on Demand Delivery - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018, Thursday, March 01, 2018
Television and Video Production, Financing and Distribution (Updated December 2017) - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018, Thursday, March 01, 2018
Gap in Termination Provisions, Final Rule, 76 Fed. Reg. 32316 (June 6, 2011) - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018, Thursday, March 01, 2018
Opinion, Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. Aereokiller, LLC, No. 15-56420 (9th Cir. Mar. 21, 2017) - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018, Thursday, March 01, 2018
Underlying Rights Option Agreement, Television Production - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018, Thursday, March 01, 2018
Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., 815 F.3d 1145 (9th Cir. 2015) - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018, Thursday, March 01, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Television, video & User-Generated Content - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018 – Overview of Entertainment Law Issues; Television, Video & User-Generated Content; Media's Transformation – OTTs, MCNs & Mobile-Driven Video; Theater, Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Breakout Session No. 1a—Analysis of a Content License Agreement - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018
Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Television, Video & User-Generated Content - Television, video & User-Generated Content, Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Breakout Session No. 1a—Analysis of a Content License Agreement - Breakout Session No. 1a—Analysis of a Content License Agreement, Thursday, March 08, 2018
Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing, Thursday, March 08, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Television, video & User-Generated Content - Television, video & User-Generated Content, Tuesday, February 27, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Television, Video & User-Generated Content - Television, video & User-Generated Content, Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Breakout Session No. 1a—Analysis of a Content License Agreement - Breakout Session No. 1a—Analysis of a Content License Agreement, Thursday, March 08, 2018
Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing, Thursday, March 08, 2018
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018 – Overview of Entertainment Law Issues; Television, Video & User-Generated Content; Media's Transformation – OTTs, MCNs & Mobile-Driven Video; Theater, Monday, March 05, 2018, New York, NY
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing, Tuesday, March 06, 2018, New York, NY
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2018 - Book Publishing; Current Developments in Entertainment and Sports Litigation; Film, Wednesday, March 07, 2018, New York, NY
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, New York, NY
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