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Advanced Copyright Law Annual Review 2013

Speaker(s): Alida Camp, Gloria C. Phares, Lateef Mtima, Nancy J. Mertzel, Peter Jaszi, Richard Dannay, Simon J. Frankel
Recorded on: Apr. 19, 2013
PLI Program #: 42129

Gloria C. Phares is a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, in the firm's IP practice (transactional and litigation). She practices in all aspects of intellectual property, privacy and issues related to the Internet, computer software development and licensing, database licensing, and publicity rights, providing advice, licensing, and litigation to for-profit companies and not-for-profit institutions, including museums, libraries, and colleges and universities.

Gloria is a trustee and past officer of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and a past Chair of its New York Chapter. During 1995-98, she was the Chair of the Committee on Copyright and Literary Property of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. During 1995-2004, she was a member of the Board of Directors of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She was on the Legal Advisory Boards of the 2005 Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use and the 2011 Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry (both sponsored by American University's Center for Social Media).

She lectures for continuing legal education programs on copyright developments and licensing. She's the author of Chapter 2 (Legal Issues in Scholarly Publishing) in the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd edit. 2008); Assigning Exclusive Copyright Licenses: Conflicting Rulings Over Transfer of Rights Highlight Uncertainty in Corporate Acquisitions (with Stephanie B. Glaser), New York Law Journal (May 12, 2003); Extraterritoriality and Copyright Law, Copyright Law '99 and Beyond, (Glasser LegalWorks Seminars, January 1999); Appropriation Art and Copyright, 1 Encyclopedia of Aesthetics 70 (Oxford University Press, 1998 (soon to be updated); Copyright and the U.S. Border: Obtaining Redress in the United States for Extraterritorial Acts of Infringement, Proceedings of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (Summer Conference, Asheville, N.C. June 27, 1996); and Retroactive Protection of Foreign Copyrights:  What Has Congress Be-GATT?, 7 The Journal of Proprietary Rights 2 (April 1995).

From 1980-87, Gloria was an attorney with the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She taught Appellate Advocacy for five years at Fordham University's Law school, and she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

She is a graduate of The College and The Law School of the University of Chicago.

  • Intellectual Property, IP Litigation, IP Counseling, Prosecutions & Transactions, Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Art, Technology Transactions & Licensing


  • American University, Washington College of Law(J.D.)
  • University of Rochester(B.A.)


Nancy has more than 25 years of experience protecting brand names, products, content and technology.

Nancy's litigation experience includes numerous disputes involving the scope of copyright protection in source code and data. For example, on behalf of a leading bank and big box retailer, she recently defeated a claim of copyright in the individual numbers comprising an index of average financial rates. She has also handled trademark infringement cases, "failed systems" disputes between developers and licensees, trade secret cases involving software, and recovered dozens of domain names from cyber squatters.

On the transactional side, Nancy oversees trademark clearance, prosecution and portfolio management, and drafts a wide variety of agreements including copyright and trademark licenses, software licenses and software development agreements.

Nancy is an active member of the bar, and a frequent speaker and author. She currently serves as a board member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, one of the largest associations of IP lawyers in the world. In that role, she recently testified before Congress on the need for the U.S. Copyright Office to have greater autonomy over its information technology and funding. In addition, she authored two amicus curiae briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court—in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which involved the defense of laches in copyright infringement cases, and B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., which involved the preclusive effect of decisions by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on subsequent litigation.

Since 2009, Nancy has been named one of Thompson Reuters' New York Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property Litigation, as well as one of the publication's top women attorneys (2013-2014).

Memberships & Associations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
    • Board of Directors (2014-2017)
    • Amicus Committee Appointed Member (2013-2014)
    • Copyright Law Committee Chair (2011-2013)
    • Co-Chair LGBT Sub-Committee of Diversity Committee (2010-present)
  • Copyright Society of the USA
    • Advisory Committee to the Executive Committee (2012-2013)
    • Treasurer (2008-2010)
    •  Trustee (2006-2009)
    • Web Committee Co-Chair (2003-2007)
    • Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient (2007)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee (2008-2010)
  • International Trademark Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers

Alida Camp is a full-time mediator/arbitrator. She specializes in alternative dispute resolution of entertainment, construction, employment, and commercial cases. In addition to her private practice, she is a mediator for the American Arbitration Association, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, New York Supreme Court (Commercial Division), Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), and is a member of the roster of neutrals for CPR (International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution).

 Alida has organized and presented programs on mediation and arbitration, including mediation advocacy and breaking impasse, at bar associations, law firms, the AAA, and other not-for-profit organizations. She has guest lectured on mediation to students at Columbia University Law School, has worked with New York Law School students in their Small Claims Court mediations, and has conducted mediation trainings for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

 A Fellow of the American Bar Association, Alida is actively involved in promoting the use of ADR. She was named an Entertainment Industry Power Mediator by the Hollywood Reporter and an Outstanding Volunteer by Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

 As a former film producer and business/legal affairs executive at Concorde-New Horizons Picture Corp., Alida is keenly aware of the issues facing parties in entertainment related disputes. She strongly believes that mediation could be the best method of addressing business and personal disputes.

Alida holds a J.D. degree with honors from the Columbia University School of Law and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a B.A. in psychology with honors from SUNY Binghamton.

Frankel Simon

Primary Areas of Practice: 

Copyright, trademark and right of publicity litigation; Global privacy & data security litigation; Legal issues related to visual art

Law School/Graduate School

Yale Law School (J.D.); Cambridge University (M.Phil.); Harvard University (B.A.)

Work History: 

  • Partner, Covington & Burling LLP (2006-present)
  • Partner and associate, Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin (1994 to 2006)
  • Law Clerk, Judge Pierre N. Leval, S.D.N.Y. (1992-93)
  • Law Clerk, Judge Stephen Breyer, 1st Cir. (1991-92)

Professional Memberships:

Copyright Society of the USA, Member (Chair, Northern California Chapter, 2009-2011); Member, American Law Institute

Peter Jaszi teaches domestic and international copyright law at American University Law School, writes about copyright history and theory, and supervises students in its Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, which he helped to found in 2001. With Craig Joyce, Marshall Leaffer, Tyler Ochoa, and Michael Carroll, he co-authors a standard copyright textbook, Copyright Law (Lexis, 9th ed., 2013). He and Martha Woodmansee edited The Construction of Authorship, published by Duke University Press in 1994.  Their new collection, Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property (edited with Mario Biagioli), was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2011. In 1994, Prof. Jaszi was a member of the Librarian of Congress' Advisory Commission on Copyright Registration and Deposit, and in 1995 he was an organizer of the Digital Future Coalition. He is a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and a member of the editorial board of its journal. Since 2005, Prof. Jaszi has been working with Prof. Patricia Aufderheide of the American University's Center for Social Media on projects designed to promote the understanding of fair use by documentary filmmakers and other creators (see  Their book, Reclaiming Fair Use, was published in 2011 by Chicago. In 2006-07, Prof. Jaszi led an interdisciplinary research team, funded by the Ford Foundation, investigation the connections between IP and the traditional arts in Indonesia; their report is at  In 2007, Professor Jaszi received the American Library Association's L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award. In 2009 the Intellectual Property Section of the District of Columbia Bar honored him as the year's Champion of Intellectual Property, and in 2011 he was recognized with an IP3 award from Public Knowledge. Prof. Jaszi currently serves on the board of ITVS, an important funder of documentary film projects. 

Richard Dannay is counsel with Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., in New York City. He practices in the areas of copyright, publishing and trademark law, as well as libel, privacy, publicity, and related matters.

Past president of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and one of its Honorary Trustees. Former chair of the New York City Bar Committee on Copyright and Literary Property.

Presented the 37th Annual Donald C. Brace Memorial Lecture (Nov. 2007): “Copyright Injunctions and Fair Use: Enter eBay -- Four-Factor Fatigue or Four-Factor Freedom?” (Copyright Society of U.S.A.); published at 55 Copyright Society Journal 449 (2008).

Author, “Factorless Fair Use? Was Melville Nimmer Right?” published at 60 Copyright Society Journal 127 (2013) in special issue honoring 50th anniversary of Nimmer on Copyright treatise.

Lead counsel for the prevailing parties in the following reported cases:

  • Bill Graham Archives v. Dorling Kindersley Limited, 448 F.3d 605 (2d Cir. 2006) (affirming summary judgment for defendant publisher that “thumbnail” reproductions of seven concert posters in Grateful Dead biography are transformative fair use).
  • Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. Steinbeck, 537 F.3d 193 (2d Cir. 2008), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 2383 (2009) (statutory termination of transfer denied; publisher’s new agreement for John Steinbeck works held valid and not “agreement to the contrary”).
  • Silverstein v. Penguin Putnam Inc., 368 F.3d 77 (2d Cir. 2004) and 522 F. Supp. 2d 579 (S.D.N.Y. 2007) (compilation copyright for all of Dorothy Parker’s previously uncollected poems unenforceable because no creativity in “selection” of “all”; significant Second Circuit pre-eBay ruling on permanent injunctions).
  • Williams v. Crichton, 84 F.3d 581 (2d Cir. 1996) (successful defense of copyright infringement suit against Jurassic Park novel and movie).
  • Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and Boy Scouts of America v. Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., 996 F.2d 1477 (2d Cir. 1993), aff'g 808 F. Supp. 1112 (S.D.N.Y. 1992) (successful defense of trademark infringement suit against “Pee Wee Scouts” children’s series, involving First Amendment issues).
  • Arica Institute, Inc. v. Palmer and Harper & Row Publishers, 970 F.2d 1067 (2d Cir. 1992) (successful "fact estoppel" and fair use defenses).
  • Adsani v. Miller, 139 F.3d 67 (2d Cir. 1998) (appellate security bond for “costs” includes potential attorney’s fees under Copyright Act; case of first impression).
  • Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. American Buddha, 609 F.3d 30 (2d Cir. 2010), 16 N.Y. 3d 295 (2011) (on certified question), 640 F. 3d 497 (2d Cir. 2011) (NY long-arm jurisdiction ruling supporting fight of publishers and authors against online digital piracy).
  • Postlewaite v. McGraw-Hill, Inc., 411 F.3d 63 (2d Cir. 2005) (dismissal of law professor’s breach of contract suit against treatise publisher).
  • Hoch and Marble v. MasterCard International and McCann-Erickson, 284 F. Supp. 2d 1217 (D. Minn. 2003) (successful defense of copyright infringement suit against series of baseball-related “priceless” television commercials).
  • Adsani v. Miller, 1996 WL 194326 and 1996 WL 531858 (S.D.N.Y. 1996) (successful defense of copyright infringement suit against author and publishers of “Princess Sultana” books, including recovery of full attorneys’ fees).

Chair of PLI’s annual Advanced Copyright program 1991 – 2017.

Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1964). Harvard College (A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1961).

13 December 2016

Lateef Mtima is a Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law. After graduating with honors from Amherst College, Professor Mtima received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where he was the co-founder and later editor-in-chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Journal. He is admitted to the New York and Pennsylvania bars and has practiced intellectual property, bankruptcy, and commercial law, including a decade in private practice with the international law firm of Coudert Brothers. Currently a member of the Advisory Council for the United States Court of Federal Claims and the BNA Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal Advisory Board, Professor Mtima has held the post of Distinguished Libra Visiting Scholar in Residence at the University of Maine School of Law, is a past President of the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and was a member of the founding Editorial Board for the American Bar Association intellectual property periodical Landslide. Professor Mtima is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, an accredited Non-governmental Organization Member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Professor Mtima is the editor/contributing author of Intellectual Property, Social Justice, and Entrepreneurship: From Swords to Ploughshares (Edward Elgar 2015) and the co-author of Transnational Intellectual Property Law (Xuan-Thao Nguyen and Danielle Conway, co-authors; West Academic 2016). Some of his other publications include The Promise of Information Justice, in Censoring Cyberspace: Regulating Communication on the Internet (Hannibal Travis, Editor, Routledge Publishing 2013); A Social Justice Perspective on IP, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies: The Role of Law (Megan Carpenter, Editor, Edward Elgar 2012); What’s Mine is Mine but What’s Yours is Ours: IP Imperialism, the Right of Publicity, and Intellectual Property Social Justice in the Digital Information Age, 15 S.M.U. Sci. &Tech. L. Rev. 323 (2012); Fulfilling the Copyright Social Justice Promise: Digitizing Textual Information, 55 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 77 (2010) (quoted in The Authors Guild v. Google Inc., 770 F. Supp. 2d 666, 679, n. 15, (S.D.N.Y. 2011); Copyright Social Utility and Social Justice Interdependence: A Paradigm for Intellectual Property Empowerment and Digital Entrepreneurship, 112 W. Va. L. Rev. 98 (2009); Whom the Gods Would Destroy; Why Congress Prioritized Copyright Protection Over Internet Free Speech and Privacy in Passing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 61 Rutgers L. Rev. 627 (2009); So Dark the CON(TU) of Man: The Quest for a Software Derivative Work Right in Section 117,  70 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 1 (2008); and “Tasini and Its Progeny: The New Exclusive Right or Fair Use on the Electronic Publishing Frontier?” 14 Ford. Intell. Prop., Media & Ent. L. J. 369 (2004) (quoted in Greenberg v. National Geographic Society, 533 F.3d 1244, 1264, 1266 (11th Cir. 2008) (dissenting opinion)).