Challenging Copyright in the World’s Most Popular Song

When: April 4, 2016 at 12:00pm - 1:15pm EDT - This event has passed


Cosponsored by the Copyright Society of the USA Midwest Chapter,
John Marshall Law School, and the Intellectual Property Law Association
of Chicago

Professor Robert Brauneis, who wrote the article that inspired the
lawsuit to challenge the copyright in “Happy Birthday to You,” will
speak on his research, the federal court litigation, and
Warner/Chappell’s agreement to relinquish all rights to the song and pay
$14 million, much of which will be available to reimburse those who
licensed use of the song.

Lunch will be provided.

1 Hour of Illinois CLE Credit Pending


Robert BrauneisRobert Brauneis is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Program at the George Washington University Law School. After earning his Juris Doctor magna cum laude at Harvard Law School, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (now Justice Breyer), and to Justice David H. Souter. He also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago.Professor Brauneis’ teaching and scholarly interests include copyright, trademark, property, and constitutional law. He is the co-author of a leading casebook on copyright law, and of numerous articles on copyright, trademark, and constitutional law. He is a member of the Managing Board of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center and a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA, and has served as President of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court. In 2013-2014, he served as the inaugural Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence at the United States Copyright Office.




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CLE Credit Details

1 Hour of Illinois CLE Credit Pending