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Recent Developments in the Right of Publicity in Video Games [*1.5 Cal. MCLE credits available]

  • Wednesday, December 03, 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 90404


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Recent Developments in the Right of Publicity in Video Games

[1.5 hours California MCLE credit available*]


Manuel Noriega wants to prevent Activision from depicting him as a war criminal. Lindsay Lohan wants a cut of Rock Star Games’ Grand Theft Auto game because of its trashy blonde character. Electronic Arts has canceled all future installments of its NCAA football games. As Justice Kozinski warned in his now-famous dissenting opinion in White v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., 989 F.2d 1512 (9th Cir. 1993): “Something very dangerous is going on here.” In this MCLE program, USC law professor Dan Nabel will discuss the evolution of the right of publicity in video game cases, including an in-depth look at where the law may be headed.


Prof. Dan Nabel directs the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic (IPTLC), which provides basic intellectual property legal assistance to Los Angeles based artists, designers, film-makers, musicians, small businesses, non-profit organizations, innovators, independent game-makers and others who cannot afford to pay market rates for legal services. The IPTLC gives students hands-on experience handling legal issues at the intersection of intellectual property law and technology while simultaneously enabling creative projects in the Los Angeles area to flourish. Prior to joining USC’s faculty, Professor Nabel practiced law at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger, LLP in Century City, where he successfully litigated numerous high-profile cases and advised clients on copyright, fair use, trademark, and right of publicity issues, among many others.


Colorado Center Community Room (across walkway from tennis courts)

2500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Validated parking, park on P-1 (top) level of Colorado Center garage (between 2501 & 2525 Colorado elevator lobbies); or metered parking directly outside Community Room on Broadway.

*CLA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 1.5 hours of general MCLE credit and zero hours of Legal Ethics, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Prevention, Detection or Treatment of Substance Abuse credit. This event may meet the requirements for continuing legal education credits in other states.  Please check with the bar in the state in which you are seeking credits to determine if this event is eligible.

These seminars are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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