IP Lunch & Learn: The Right of Publicity and Choice of Law

IP Lunch & Learn: The Right of Publicity and Choice of Law

When

When: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 11:45am

Where

Where: 
Room 229 at UNH School of Law, 2 White Street Concord, NH 03301

RSVP by Feb 16

with Mary LaFrance (A.B., Bryn Mawr; M.A./J.D., Duke), IGT Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV.

Because of wide variation in the laws regarding the right of publicity both within the U.S. and abroad, choice of law can be outcome-determinative in suits where the exploited identity belongs to an individual domiciled in a different jurisdiction. Because postmortem rights are not universally recognized, this is especially problematic where the individual is deceased. In the United States, most states apply the law of the individual’s domicile, resulting in discrimination against nonresidents. This paper critiques the domicile approach, and suggests alternatives.

Mary LaFrance (A.B., Bryn Mawr; M.A./J.D., Duke) is the IGT Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV. Before joining UNLV, she clerked for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, practiced law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, and served on the faculty of the Florida State University College of Law, with a courtesy appointment at the School of Motion Pictures, Television and Recording Arts. She has authored six books on intellectual property and entertainment law, as well as numerous law review articles and book chapters. She also serves as the Las Vegas regional theatre critic for TalkinBroadway.com.