International Copyright: Strategic Thinking for U.S. Rightsholders

When: March 10, 2017 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST - This event has passed

A NY Chapter Brown Bag Lunch

Content knows no borders, but copyright law does. Rightsholders increasingly need to make creative and business decisions with an eye on worldwide distribution. Help your clients navigate the unfamiliar waters of international and cross-border copyright law to protect their content across the world.

New York Chapter Brown Bag Lunches are casual discussions on a range of copyright topics. Brown Bag Lunches provide ample opportunity for audience participation. In true brown-bag spirit, no food or drinks will be provided, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own. We keep the admission fee modest to encourage attendance by new or solo practitioners and law students, but all are welcome!


Joshua Graubart is an experienced counselor and advocate whose practice focuses on the entertainment, media, and technology industries. Josh advises a wide range of clients in connection with copyright, trademark, entertainment and advertising matters at home and abroad. He has represented a German advertiser in securing the services of a top American recording artist in promoting the client’s consumer products in Europe, a European online music service in connection with its entry in the the U.S. market, and a Fortune 500 biotechnology company in negotiating new advertising and marketing agreements with its media and creative vendors.

Prior to founding the Law Offices of Joshua Graubart, P.C., Josh practiced as a litigator with a number of international law firms, including Sonnenschein Nash & Rosenthal (now Dentons) and Thacher Proffitt & Wood. While still a law student, he also clerked in the Tokyo offices of Baker & McKenzie and the Kuroda Law and Patent Office. Josh received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and his LL.M. (with merit) in intellectual property law from the University of London. He also holds degrees in history from Duke University and Dartmouth College.

Josh has chaired the Information Technology Law Committee at the New York City Bar Association, and served on the City Bar’s Intellectual Property Council. He is currently a member of the City Bar’s Legal History Committee, and is active in the US chapter of the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI), the leading international organization on cross-border copyright law, and the New York chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA. He has also published articles on intellectual property licensing, the effect of corporate mergers on intellectual property licenses, and the nature and practice of music copyrights.

Hugh Hansen
is a Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches courses in IP Law, Copyright Law, Trademark Law and EU and International Intellectual Property Law. He also taught U.S. Constitutional Law for over 25 years. He is the founder and director of both the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute and the Fordham Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, now in its 25th year.

In intellectual property law matters, Professor Hansen has been a lead counsel, consultant and expert witness in the U.S., UK, German and Polish courts.  He has also represented clients in matters before DG Competition of the European Commission. Managing Intellectual Property Magazine named Prof. Hansen one of the 50 most influential people in IP in the world three times.

Eric Schwartz
partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, has over 25 years of experience as a copyright attorney providing counsel on U.S. and foreign copyright laws, including rights, exceptions (fair use), ownership and enforcement issues. Mr. Schwartz is a transactional attorney for musical recordings and feature and documentary films. He is an expert on databases, software and all other manner of IP regarding rights, uses and transactions; an expert witness; appellate and trial litigation strategist; and counsel on Copyright Office practices.

Prior to MSK, Mr. Schwartz served as Acting General Counsel, United States Copyright Office (1994); Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Register of Copyrights (1988–1994) and Staff Assistant/Assistant Counsel to the Committee on Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives for Hon. Joe Moakley (1979–1988). Recently, Mr. Schwartz served as Chief Production Counsel for the PBS series “Soundbreaking” – an eight hour documentary about the history of recorded music (the “legacy project” of legendary producer Sir George Martin). The series aired nationwide in November 2016, and has also been broadcast in many territories abroad. In addition to serving as counsel, he received a producer credit (“Producer for Higher Ground”) for assistance with the production, including working with the writers and directors to shape the content of the series.

Passionate about film preservation, Mr. Schwartz helped with the formation of the National Film Preservation Board by the Library of Congress–a board of experts charged with studying and addressing the problem of disappearing films. His work as pro bono counsel in proposing and guiding the 1993 study and the subsequent creation of the NFPF has been among his greatest achievements. A longtime member and trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA, Mr. Schwartz served as President from 2004-2006.  He is an adjunct professor of copyright law and international copyright law at Georgetown University Law Center, and received his J.D. and B.A. from American University’s Washington College of Law and Johns Hopkins University, respectively.


Members: $10
Nonmembers: $20
Student Members:
FREE (Use promo code BBSTUDENT when registering. Must be a student member of the Copyright Society to receive discount.)


E M to E 53RD ST and 5TH AVE 2 min walk
4 6 E M to E 53RD ST and LEXINGTON 6 min walk
N Q R to CENTRAL PARK S (W 59TH ST) and 5TH AVE 6 min walk
B D F M to W 50TH ST and AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS (6TH AVE) 7 minute walk


Burger Heaven* 9 EAST 53RD ST (Between 5th and Madison)
Blake & Todd 52 EAST 53RD ST (On 53rd between Madison & Park)
Essen 515 MADISON AVE (On 53rd between Madison & Park)
Europa Cafe 515 MADISON AVE (Corner of 53rd & Madison)
La Pain Quotidien* 7 EAST 53RD ST (On 53rd between 5th & Madison)

*Just a few steps away from the office

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds must be requested in writing at least three business days before the event. Refunds will not be issued after that point. Unfortunately, we will not be able to credit your registration payment toward a future event, but you may allow another person attend in your place.

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