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Kenneth M. Kaufman

Kenneth M. Kaufman

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Kenneth M. Kaufman is Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  His practice focuses on copyright, entertainment and media law, content and music licensing, digital media, and sports law.  He represents a wide range of clients including international media and publishing companies, television networks and distributors, music publishers, digital media and technology companies, telecommunications companies, photographers, visual artists, copyright licensing companies, software publishers, Broadway theatre producers, private equity firms, foundations, composers, recording artists and authors.

Ken is a recognized authority in the fields of copyright and entertainment law.  He was named the Washington, D.C. Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” in 2014 by The Best Lawyers in America (where he is currently listed in the practice areas of copyright law, intellectual property litigation, entertainment law-music, and entertainment law-motion pictures and television).  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 Legal Times.  For several years he was a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School, teaching a course on copyright, entertainment and Internet law, and has taught a course on copyright law at George Washington University Law School.  In 2016 and 2017 he was an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University, where he has spoken on coalition building in education for gender equality.

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.

Ken co-chairs the annual PLI conference on Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry and serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and on the Planning Committee for the annual Stanford Digital Economy 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 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 Eric A. Prager, Content License Agreement - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Theme Park License between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Copyright and Content Licensing - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Co-Production Agreement (February 24, 1997) - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Amended and Restated Internet Game Development Agreement - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Tuesday, January 23, 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
Common Issues in Entertainment Industry Transactions (Updated December 2017) - 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
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
Form Content License Agreement - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, January 28, 2019
Copyright and Content Licensing - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, January 28, 2019
License Agreement for Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) Delivery - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, January 28, 2019
Theme Park License between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, January 28, 2019
Co-Production Agreement (February 24, 1997) - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, January 28, 2019
Authors Guild v. Google, Inc., 804 F.3d 202 (2d Cir. 2015) - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, January 28, 2019
Copyright Royalty Board, Modification and Amendment of Regulations to Conform to the MMA, 83 Fed. Reg. 55334 (Nov. 5, 2018) - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, January 28, 2019
Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., 815 F.3d 1145 (9th Cir. 2015) - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, January 28, 2019
Siniouguine v. Mediachase Ltd., No. CV 11-6113-JFW, 2012 WL 2317364 (C.D. Cal. June 11, 2012) - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, January 28, 2019
Entertainment License Agreement—Underlying Rights Option Agreement for a Television Production Based on a Book - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, January 28, 2019
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 - Over-the-Top Content (OTT), Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs) & Mobile-Driven Video; Game & App Development Deals; Ethics, Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018
Breakout Session No. 1a—Analysis of a Content License Agreement - 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
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
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Television, Video & User-Generated Content - Television, video & User-Generated Content, Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing - Copyright, Content and Trademark Licensing, Thursday, March 08, 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
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 - Over-the-Top Content (OTT), Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs) & Mobile-Driven Video; Game & App Development Deals; Ethics, 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
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 —TV, Video, and UGC; Media’s Transformation; Book Publishing; Ethics, Monday, February 25, 2019, New York, NY
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, New York, NY
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Theater; Mobile and Digital Entertainment; Film, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, New York, NY
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, March 04, 2019, New York, NY
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Thursday, May 09, 2019, Chicago, IL
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 —TV, Video, and UGC; Media’s Transformation; Book Publishing; Ethics, Monday, February 25, 2019, New York, NY
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, New York, NY
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Theater; Mobile and Digital Entertainment; Film, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, New York, NY
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, March 04, 2019, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 —TV, Video, and UGC; Media’s Transformation; Book Publishing; Ethics, Monday, February 25, 2019, Cleveland, OH
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 —TV, Video, and UGC; Media’s Transformation; Book Publishing; Ethics, Monday, February 25, 2019, Atlanta, GA
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 —TV, Video, and UGC; Media’s Transformation; Book Publishing; Ethics, Monday, February 25, 2019, New Brunswick , NJ
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 —TV, Video, and UGC; Media’s Transformation; Book Publishing; Ethics, Monday, February 25, 2019, Columbus, OH
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, New Brunswick , NJ
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Cleveland, OH
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Atlanta, GA
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Columbus, OH
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Nashville, TN
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Theater; Mobile and Digital Entertainment; Film, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, New Brunswick , NJ
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Theater; Mobile and Digital Entertainment; Film, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Columbus, OH
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Theater; Mobile and Digital Entertainment; Film, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Cleveland, OH
Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2019 - Theater; Mobile and Digital Entertainment; Film, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Atlanta, GA
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, March 04, 2019, Mechanicsburg, PA
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, March 04, 2019, New Brunswick , NJ
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, March 04, 2019, Atlanta, GA
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, March 04, 2019, Philadelphia, PA
Advanced Licensing Agreements 2019, Monday, March 04, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
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