Continuing Legal Education Opportunities

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Thanks to the overwhelming success of the past two year’s sold-out CLEs on Comic Book law at New York Comic Con, this year's New York Comic Con, in association with Thomas A. Crowell, Esq., and the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education, present two in-depth CLEs on the transactional legal practice for the comic book industry.

From Panel to Publisher - Representing Comic Book Creator Clients in 2017

From Panel To Publisher - Representing Comic Book Creator Clients 2017

3.0 MCLE Credits in Skills
Apply Now Thursday, October 5, 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM at New York Comic Con at the Javits Center
Course Price: $160
Ticket Fee: $0 - $40

The comic book industry and its ancillary markets continue to flourish in 2017, with new trends in digital publishing and derivative licensing.

Emphasizing practical skills, this CLE provides a chance to learn from legal practitioners, comic book creators, and former comic book publishing executives.

This workshop tracks recent trends in comic book business and legal practice and is designed to help lawyers and law students understand the fundamentals of representing comic book industry clients.

Some of the issues explored in this CLE:

  • Recent case law impacting comic book creators
  • Intellectual property issues in the comic book industry
  • Service agreements and collaboration agreements
  • Negotiating comic book publishing agreements
  • The view from the publisher’s side of the desk
  • Understanding page rates, royalties, and financial incentives
  • Legal issues in self-publishing of comic book properties
  • Q&A

In addition to this Thursday CLE course, your registration fee entitles you to 1 NYCC Pro Thursday ticket (complimentary) or the possibility to upgrade to 1 NYCC 4 Day Pro ticket ($40 ticket fee on top of the course fee). There is a limit of 1 Pro ticket per attorney purchasing either or both courses.

As a companion 1.5 credit CLE course, we are also offering "Beyond the Printed Page," an overview of licensing comic book properties to the film, television, videogame, and merchandising industries on Sunday, October 8.

Beyond the Printed Page: An Overview of Licensing Comic Book Properties to the Film, Television, and Merchandising Industries

Beyond the Printed Page: An Overview of Licensing Comic Book Properties to the Film, Television, and Merchandising Industries

1.5 Credits
Apply Now Sunday, October 8, 11:00AM – 12:15 PM  at New York Comic Con at the Javits Center
Course Price: $100
Ticket Fee: $40

Guardians of the Galaxy; Wonder Woman; Riverdale; The Tick; Deadpool — comic book properties dominate film, television, mobile apps, and videogames. They are the driving force behind the hottest toys and apparel for the holidays. Comic book properties are also ripe for being turned into unlicensed derivative works, such as fan-art and fan-merchandise, often giving rise to infringement suits.

This CLE will introduce lawyers and law students to key issues involved in the audiovisual and merchandise licensing of comic book properties.

Topics include:

  • Preserving chain of title and underlying rights in comic book properties
  • Audiovisual option/purchase agreements
  • Key aspects of merchandising agreements
  • The thin line between fan art and copyright infringement
  • Q&A

For this Sunday course, the purchase of 1 NYCC 4 Day Pro ticket ($40 ticket fee on top of the course fee) is required. There is a limit of 1 Pro ticket per attorney purchasing either or both courses.

Speakers:

Thomas A. Crowell, Esq.Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Lane Sash and Larrabee, LLP, in the firm's New York office. He is also the Director from Practice, emeritus, of The Indie Film Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from film and television to comic book publishing, music, and the graphic arts. He is the series editor of the Focal Press "Pocket Lawyer for ... " series of legal guide books and author of both "The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers" (Focal Press, 2ed. 2011) and the first dedicated legal guide for the comic book industry: "The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators" (Focal Press 2014). Mr. Crowell received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum Laude, Order of the Coif. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lillian Laserson, Esq.

Lillian Laserson is a sole practitioner representing artists, writers, producers, publishers, and others in transactional matters primarily involving publishing, licensing, copyright and entertainment law. She is head of legal and business affairs for Playing on Air, producer of short contemporary plays for public radio and podcast. Prior to forming her own firm, she was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of DC Comics where she established and ran the company’s in-house legal department for twenty years. She began working in the area of character rights when she joined Jim Henson Productions as the company’s Associate General Counsel and became Kermit and Miss Piggy’s go-to girl for legal and business affairs. Before going in-house Lillian was associated with the law firms of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman and Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim & Ballon. She graduated cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law.

Select Potential Panelists:

Attorneys: Jeff Trexler, Esq., Matthew Tynan, Esq., Stephen Swalski, Esq., Jason Yarn, Esq., Katie Lane, Esq.

Creators: Jody LeHeup (comic book author and former editor at Marvel Comics); David Gallaher (writer for Marvel and DC Comics).

Who Should Attend:

Intellectual Property Attorneys. Arts and Entertainment Attorneys. General Counsel. Any attorney who is interested in the world of comic book properties.
NOTE: THESE PROGRAMS ARE OPEN ONLY TO REGISTERED ATTORNEYS AND THE TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE AND NON REFUNDABLE.BY APPLYING FOR REGISTRATION TO EITHER CLE COURSE YOU ARE REPRESENTING AND WARRANTING THAT YOU ARE A REGISTERED ATTORNEY IN GOOD STANDING AT LEAST ONE U.S. JURISDICTION. BY APPLYING FOR REGISTRATION, YOU AGREE THAT THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION AND/OR NEW YORK COMIC CON MAY VERIFY YOUR ATTORNEY REGISTRATION STATUS.
These courses have been approved for all attorneys, including those who are newly admitted (less than twenty-four months).

If an attorney is experiencing a financial hardship they can contact us to fill out a Hardship Application Form. 212-776-4943 Ext. 110 or email sdornbush@nacle.com.

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