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When Worlds Collide: Emerging Trends in Media and Intellectual Property Litigation

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Produced on June 25, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 30m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Litigation Advertising

Course Description

This program, presented by Toby Butterfield of Moses & Singer LLP will discuss emerging trends in media litigation, with a particular focus on intellectual property disputes. The course will examine recent trends in litigation, with a close look at cases involving the media industry. Topics to be covered include “disguised IP” cases (Pai v. Blue Man Group), First Sale Doctrine (Disney v. Redbox), Fair Use (Fox News v. TV Eyes), and more. The program will also identify ways to adapt to recent developments, including strategies to advise your clients in this new environment. Finally, the program will also explore anticipated changes in the industry.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify emerging trends in media and intellectual property litigation
  2. Adapt to new legal developments in media and IP law
  3. Develop strategies to advise clients in light of recent developments

Credit Information

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Toby Butterfield

Moses & Singer

Toby M.J. Butterfield is a partner in Moses & Singer's Intellectual Property and Litigation groups.

Mr. Butterfield has 20 years of experience litigating and counseling on copyright, trademark, defamation, software and digital media, and commercial matters. His clients include media and entertainment companies, major brand owners, technology companies and designers of luxury goods. His recent work includes successfully representing an "over the top" TV broadcaster in a distribution dispute with numerous Russian broadcasters; defense of a well-known theater production in litigation concerning music royalty payments; representation of a regional on-line pharmacy in cases concerning false advertising, trademark, fraud and RICO claims; defending book publishers in copyright litigations; and obtaining a fair use dismissal of copyright infringement claims against theater producers concerning a parody play. He has successfully defended film producers and distributors, theater producers, technology and software companies, and has obtained injunctions and seizure orders for magazine publishers and a well-known producer of children's TV programming. He regularly counsels IP owners and performs pre-publication and pre-broadcast review of content for publishers of books, motion pictures, newspapers and magazines.

Mr. Butterfield writes and speaks frequently for bar associations and industry organizations. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he has conducted a seminar on Social Media Law and Regulation since 2014. He co-chaired the Entertainment Business Law Seminar at NYU during the annual CMJ Music Festival. He has lectured at AIPLA's annual national conference and to PLI on copyright fair use, and authored the first chapter of Counseling Content Providers in the Digital Age on defamation for the New York State Bar Association. He has written for the ABA's Landslide magazine and wrote for Media Law Resource Center and other bar associations and publications regularly on Fair Use, Copyright Termination, the digital Millennium Copyright Act and other hot topics. He has lectured at legal and television industry conferences all over the world and taught Media and Entertainment Law at Cardozo Law School. Mr. Butterfield currently co-chairs MLRC's committee on Media Copyright and Trademark, and chaired the New York City Bar's Committee on Entertainment Law, its Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, WNYC Radio's Community Advisory Board, and was Administrator of the New York State Supreme Court Screening Panel for Democratic Party judicial candidates in New York County.

He has appeared on BBC World News, Forbes TV, and been quoted by the New York Times, Forbes, Law360 and many other news and legal publications.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Butterfield was a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.


Arlen A.

Great to hear from an expert on the front lines of this kind of litigation.

Leland S.

Exceptional presentation.

Chris S.

really enjoyed his insight and reference to the cases with which he had been directly involved

Ida M.

He did a great job with a difficult subject and still kept it interesting enough.

Mark K.

One of the smartest, most well-spoken presenters I've ever heard on Lawline.

Teresa S.


Marissa C.

Very knowledgeable instructor

David M.

Presenter did a great job tying together an eclectic mix of contemporary cases and trends.

Amy R.

Excellent presentation.

David D.

Showed me the interrelated nature of these IP topics.

Alan S.

Completely excellent program!!!! Wonderful presenter.

Alan F.

Butterfield did a good job of explaining abstract concepts to IP non specislists in an engaging way

Kevin F.

Bravo Zulu.

Whitney M.

Good overview of recent jurisprudence in this area

J. Donald H.

Not my area of practice but was interesting.

Brent M.

Excellent organization of content, clarity of presentation, and well-supported by documentation, leads to superior learning experience.

patrick g.

Well presented session on a dicey area.

Robert B.

Interesting analysis!

Steven K.

Best instructor ever!

Ingrid S.

this was very interesting and relevant, even if you don't have IP issues

Howard K.


Marc A.

I really enjoy emerging trends discussions. Thanks for the information.

Catherine R.

Very informative

Chartrisse A.

Great presentation

Rebecca Z.

Really enjoyed this presentation. Well done. Thanks, Mr. Butterfield!

Marshall F.

Very knowledgeable instructor

Salvatore M.

This was a terrific CLE course and the instructor was among the best that I've listened to...

Martha L V.

Interesting speaker, and I liked to hear how IP is involved in other types of litigation.

Jason S.


Melvin P.

Excellent presentation.

Dena R.

Great delivery, lots of informative content - hope more from this presenter

James D.

Very well done; interesting.

Philip Y.

Excellent! I hope LawLine has Mr. Butterfield do more courses. He is much more engaging and entertaining than other speakers. I hope his next one is on the "First Sale Doctrine" that he did not have time to get to.

Lisa K.

Excellent presentation. Good content and good coverage and explanation.

Gwen I.

Excellent course and engaging presenter. Great overview along with timely specifics in this fast-changing area.

Elizabeth P.

Good program by knowledgeable presenter.

Mark P.


Napha T.

Great presentation!

Richard G.

Excellent program, well-presented. Very informative.

Maureen O.

I liked how he weaved in all the cases.

Candice M.

Great course. Thank you.

Shelby C.

great course

Suzanne K.

Great speaker and interesting topic.

Emily H.

Good presenter

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