Media Law and IP Sessions at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning

Date(s) - 02/08/2019 - 02/09/2019
All Day

Each year, the UNC Festival of Legal Learning provides CLE credit in over 120 subject areas. The Festival, organized by the UNC School of Law, allows attorneys to obtain 12 hours of CLE credit through a convenient and fun schedule spread over two days.

We are thrilled to invite those participating in this year’s Festival to attend the sessions on media law and intellectual property, which will cover everything from cybersecurity to recent developments at the Federal Communications Commission.  The sessions will presented by the following experts:

  • Julia Ambrose, Attorney at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard
  • David Ardia, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy
  • Enrique Armijo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law
  • Jolynn Dellinger, Adjunct Professor of Law, UNC School of Law
  • Corey Dennis, Director of Privacy & Counsel at PPD
  • Ryan Fairchild, Attorney at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard
  • Andy Hessick, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Strategy, UNC School of Law
  • David Hoffman, Associate General Counsel and Global Privacy Officer, Intel
  • Brandon Huffman, Attorney at Odin Law and General Counsel, International Game Developers’ Association
  • Elizabeth Johnson, Attorney at Wyrick Robbins
  • Jeffrey Kaufman, Senior Commercial Counsel, Red Hat, Inc.
  • Joe Kennedy, Martha Brandis Term Professor of Law, UNC School of Law
  • Aaron Kirschenfeld, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Digital Initiatives Law Librarian, UNC School of Law
  • Anne Klinefelter, Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library, UNC School of Law
  • C. Amanda Martin, Attorney at Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych
  • Amily McCool, Attorney at Scharff Law Firm
  • Orla O’Hannaidh, Data Privacy and Security Attorney, Red Hat Inc.
  • Mary-Rose Papandrea, Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UNC School of Law;
  • Coe Ramsey, Attorney at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard
  • Amanda Reid, Assistant Professor, UNC School of Media and Journalism
  • Emily Roscoe, Laura N. Gasaway Graduate Assistant, UNC School of Law
  • Amanda Whorton, Attorney at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard
  • Tony Young, Attorney at CYLG

The Festival will take place at the William & Ida Friday Continuing Education Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Sessions will run from 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, and 8:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Sessions sponsored by the Center include:

Friday, Feb. 8

  • 8:00 AM  –  9:00 AM + Hot Topics in Intellectual Property: Lessons Learned and Cases to Watch
    This session will (1) give a brief overview of intellectual property law, (2) examine recent case law developments, and (3) highlight some pending cases to watch.
    Speaker: Amanda Reid
  • 8:00 AM  –  9:00 AM + The GDPR: The Impact of EU Privacy Law on US Organizations
    The presentation will provide an overview of the main requirements of the EU’s new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We will discuss the extraterritorial reach of the GDPR, and how it has, and continues to, significantly impact a vast number of U.S.-based companies. The presentation will address questions such as: Is your organization subject to the GDPR? What critical steps are essential to implement and maintain compliance with the GDPR? What can we learn from the enforcement activities of EU regulators?
    Speaker: Orla O’Hannaidh 
  • 9:10 AM  –  10:10 AM + Navigating a Watershed Privacy Law: California Consumer Privacy Act Forecast for 2019
    This session will address the California Consumer Privacy Act, which affords California residents an array of new privacy rights, creates a private right of action for individuals affected by data breaches, and provide the state attorney general with sweeping authority to implement privacy regulations. This session will provide an overview of requirements, highlight key issues in application and risk, and forecast the future for this watershed law, which has inspired efforts toward a comprehensive federal privacy law to preempt the CCPA and emergent state law variants.
    Speakers: Corey Dennis, Elizabeth Johnson
  • 9:10 AM  –  10:10 AM + Revenge Porn – NC’s New Law and Resources to Assist Survivors
    Technology gives perpetrators the ability to easily obtain, threaten to, and actually make good on promises to distribute explicit images of people without their consent. What is commonly known as “revenge porn” is not about revenge, but one more tactic of power and control that perpetrators of domestic violence and others use to trap and torment victims. This workshop will educate attendees about the conduct and harms of “revenge porn,” and some available legal and non-legal resources attorneys can utilize to assist survivors.
    Speaker: Amily McCool 
  • 10:20 AM  –  11:20 AM + Federal Privacy Legislation: Do We Need It? If So, What Should It Look Like?
    A privacy law practitioner and privacy law professor bring their perspectives to bear on movements to create a new, broad federal privacy law statute. The presentation will address issues and stakeholder interests such as preemption of state law, expanded authority for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), definitions of key concepts such as personally identifiable information, and the impact on existing sectoral federal legislation.
    Speakers: David HoffmanAnne Klinefelter
  • 10:20 AM  –  11:20 AM + Municipal Broadband and the First Amendment
    Cities of all sizes in the U.S. are experimenting with providing free or reduced-cost Internet access to their citizens. This session will discuss several under explored constitutional issues with respect to government-provided Internet access. It will be of interest to attorneys who give legal advice to municipalities on technology-related issues.
    Speaker: Enrique Armijo
  • 11:30 AM  –  12:30 PM + Defining Privacy Harm for Standing in Federal Courts
    Three privacy law professors explore the issues of standing for privacy claims in federal courts following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo v. Robbins. Plaintiffs pursuing private rights of action confront the longstanding problem that has plagued privacy law—defining and demonstrating harm. Recent federal cases will be reviewed and placed in context with theory.
    Speakers: Jolynn DellingerAndy Hessick, Anne Klinefelter
  • 2:40 PM  –  3:40 PM + New Era in Music Licensing: The Music Modernization Act
    On October 11, 2018, the President signed the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (H.R. 1551). After years of calls for reform to music licensing by virtually all interests in the music industry, the MMA ushers in significant changes to the Copyright Act. Among other things, the MMA creates a new entity, the Mechanical Licensing Collective, to “modernize” and administer the compulsory mechanical licensing process for interactive streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. This session will provide an overview of the Mechanical Licensing Collective and other changes by the MMA to the copyright laws and music licensing landscape.
    Speakers: Coe RamseyAmanda Whorton 
  • 3:50 PM  –  4:50 PM + Cutting-Edge Topics in Cybersecurity Law
    This presentation will survey a series of cutting-edge topics in cybersecurity law. A brief general introduction to the basic principles of cybersecurity will be given, but the focus will be on legal developments that shed light on how the law defines reasonable cybersecurity.
    Speaker: Joe Kennedy
  • 3:50 PM  –  4:50 PM + Entertainment Law Hot Topics and Litigation Round-Up
    Learn about the most current issues impacting the entertainment industry in North Carolina and beyond. The current state of North Carolina tax incentives and grants related to the entertainment industry, and recent impactful decisions on a variety of issues in entertainment law will be analyzed., and trends and cases likely to impact the industry in the near future will be prognosticated.
    Speaker: Tony Young
  • 5:00 PM  –  6:00 PM + Open Source 101
    This session provides an introduction to the open source licensing and development models. Attendees will first be introduced to the open source/collaborative software development model and then discuss the difference between copyleft and permissive licensing. There will be detailed discussions about some of the key terms of the more popular open source licenses such as the GPL, Apache, MIT, and BSD.
    Speaker: Jeffrey Kaufman
  • 5:00 PM  –  6:00 PM + What Every Lawyer Should Know About eSports
    eSports is a billion-dollar industry poised to grow even more. While the industry has a bit of a Wild West history, legal and business issues exist, and norms are emerging. Issues that traditional sports have been dealing with for years are present in eSports, but eSports provides a whole new landscape to navigate these issues – perhaps better. Participants will develop an understanding of the basics of eSports, legal issues in the team-player and team-league relationships, copyright and IP challenges presented by eSports and potential gambling issues related to eSports and how those might differ from traditional sports.
    Speaker: Ryan FairchildBrandon Huffman

Saturday, Feb. 9

  • 8:00 AM  –  9:00 AM + Peek into North Carolina Public Records
    This session will principally review common types of North Carolina public records that attorneys not specializing in real estate may need to obtain in the course of representing clients, as well as the process of obtaining those kinds of public records. In addition, the session will focus on relatively recent updates to indexing standard regulations in the state and will also cover changes in the law relevant to representing clients in business or family law matters.
    Speakers: Aaron KirschenfeldEmily Roscoe
  • 8:00 AM  –  9:00 AM + When #Metoo Meets Defamation Law
    The #metoo movement has seen an explosion in defamation litigation throughout the United States. This session will explore a number of interesting and sometimes unresolved legal issues arising in this context. Among other things, are allegations of sexual misconduct on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms actionable? When will a court “unmask” someone who has made sexual allegations anonymously online? Is an accuser a public figure for purposes of defamation law when she sues the accused for calling her a liar? In addition to addressing these and other legal issues, the panelists will offer some general insights into how magazines, newspapers, broadcasters, and other publishers decide when to run stories containing sexual misconduct allegations.
    Speakers: Amanda MartinMary-Rose Papandrea
  • 10:20 AM  –  11:20 AM + Recent Developments at the Federal Communications Commission
    This session will showcase some of the year’s most significant developments at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
    Speaker: Julia Ambrose
  • 11:30 AM  –  12:30 PM + The First Amendment and Social Media: What (If Any) Rules Apply?
    What role does big tech have in regulating our national conversation? What is the impact of digital censorship? And, in all of this, does the First Amendment have any bearing on social media platforms? This distinguished panel will explore the intersection of free speech values, the First Amendment, and our growing reliance on major social media companies that wield an increasing amount of censorial power.
    Speakers: David ArdiaMary-Rose Papandrea

You can find a full list of available sessions in the program guide. To register for the Festival, please visit their registration page.

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