Partner Joel Weiner will co-lead the breakout session on intellectual property at the 2014 MLRC/NAA/NAB Media Law Conference at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, September 18.

Also on Friday, partner David Halberstadter will chair the session “Ripped From The Headlines: Legal Risk Avoidance & Entertainment Works Derived From Real Events” at 11:00 a.m. The panel will discuss what to do to avoid the legal risks stemming from entertainment works based on real events. The session will address the affirmative defenses to raise, how to decide if the acquisition of "exclusive" life story rights is really necessary, the non-legal reasons to acquire life story rights, and the steps to take to legally vet screenplays for TV programs and motion pictures against potential legal claims.