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Why You Should Attend:

IP Discussions with Joshua Simmons is a series of conversations hosted by nationally recognized intellectual property litigator, Joshua Simmons. Each month, Josh is joined by a panel of IP luminaries, leading scholars, and industry insiders. Together, they examine major topics and events in a civil, roundtable format.

The Supreme Court has recognized that parodies can provide social benefits, by shedding light on earlier works and, in the process, creating new ones. In Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., the Court viewed parodies as having a similar privilege to other works that comment on or criticize existing works, but also suggested that a parody that harms the market for the original might still constitute copyright infringement. Since that time, courts have continued to consider where the line between parodies that infringe copyrights and trademarks and those that do not, as well as between parodies and satires.

What You Will Learn:

  • What is the difference between parodies and satires?
  • When does a parody nevertheless infringe a copyright or trademark?
  • How are the courts approaching the application of parodic defenses?

Who Should Attend:

IP lawyers and practitioners advising on parodies or satires should find this program to be informative.


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