203 Termination Rights: All Hype or Finally Ripe?

203 Termination Rights: All Hype or Finally Ripe?


Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:00pm


Rich Room (Room 204) at UNH School of Law

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The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property will be hosting a Lunch and Learn with Tonya M. Evans, Associate Dean of Inclusion and Equity at Widener University Commonwealth Law School. Lunch will be served.

This talk will cover termination rights mechanics, post-2013 response of copyright creators and copyright-industries, and stakeholder and commentator forecasts about whether the anticipated termination phenomenon is more imagined than real.

Tonya M. Evans, Associate Dean of Inclusion & Equity and Associate Professor of Law at Widener University Commonwealth Law School, is an expert in intellectual property law, trusts and estates law, and entertainment law. She informs her courses with her vast experience in those areas of law as well as her creative background as a published author and poet, and her competitive, disciplined background as a former professional tennis player.

Professor Evans writes primarily about the impact of new technologies and new forms of artistic expression on copyright law. She explores the intersection of intellectual property and trusts and estates law in her scholarship. Her recent publications include Statutory Heirs Apparent?: Reclaiming Copyright in the Age of Author-Controlled, Author-Benefiting Transfers, 119 W. Va. L. Rev. 297 (2016) and User “Safer Harbor” from Statutory Damages: Remixing the DOC’s IP Task Force White Paper, 54 San Diego L. Rev. 1 (forthcoming 2017). She is also the author of an award-winning series of legal reference guides for writers and publishing industry professionals.

Professor Evans attended Northwestern University on a four-year tennis scholarship. Thereafter she competed on the women’s professional tennis circuit. After retiring from the pro tour, she attended Howard University School of Law on an academic scholarship. During law school, Professor Evans interned with the Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah and the Honorable Theodore A. McKee in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Evans also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Howard Law Journaland graduated cum laude. Thereafter, she clerked for Judge McKee and worked at two national firms before joining her family law firm and founding independent publishing company Legal Write Publications.