Log in



Serving the Creative Arts Community Since 1974

Litigating Screenplay Infringement Cases [1.0 hour Cal. MCLE credit available*]

  • Monday, March 02, 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • SmithHouse Tap and Grill, 10351 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
  • 27


  • ; ($40 at door)
  • ; ($35 at door)
  • ; ($50 at the door)

Registration is closed

SAVE $5 by registering and paying online!

You can save by joining CLA before registering for the event!

Litigating Screenplay Infringement Cases
[1.0 hour Cal. MCLE credit available*]
(Social hour at 6:00, presentation at 7:00)

Program Description:

    The Ninth Circuit has been the jurisdiction of choice for authors claiming that a hit movie or television series has infringed the copyright in their screenplay, novel or other literary work. Yet that jurisdiction has been a virtual graveyard for such claims. Attorney Robert Helfing will describe the benighted history of literary infringement cases and explain why, for more than 35 years, the courts almost uniformly dismissed such claims on motions for summary judgment. He will also explore the recent turnaround in which four such claims have survived summary disposition.
   Join CLA and fellow attendees for a social hour with light appetizers (no host bar) at 6 p.m. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. This program is designed for an attorney audience but all members of the community are welcome.

     Robert Helfing is a senior partner with Sedgwick, LLP and is the head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice. He prosecuted the appeals resulting in two of the most noteworthy Ninth Circuit opinions on screenplay infringements: Metcalf v. Bochco, 294 F.3d 1070 (9th Cir. 2002) and Funky Films v. Time Warner Entertainment Co., 462 F.3d 1072 (9th Cir. 2006), and wrote a law article on the subject, "Substantial Similarity in Literary Infringement Cases: A Chart for Turbid Waters," published in the Spring 2014 edition of the UCLA Entertainment Law Review.

SmithHouse Tap and Grill, 10351 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90025

Pull into building for valet ($5 with validation); limited street parking may also be available

(MCLE credit, if desired, is included in all prices. )

*CLA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 1.0 hour of general participatory MCLE credit and zero hours of Legal Ethics, Elimination of Bias and/or Competence Issues credit. This event may meet the requirements for continuing legal education credits in other states. Please check with the bar in the state in which you are seeking credits to determine whether this event is eligible.

These seminars are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  
SmithHouse Tap and Grill, 10351 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90025



California Lawyers for the Arts is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit and your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent of the law.  State Bar LRS Certificate #0021.

MCLE Provider # 1248.

The information provided on this website is not legal advice. You should consult with an attorney for individual advice regarding your legal matters.

Copyright © 2022. California Lawyers for the Arts. All Rights Reserved. 

Terms of Service

Privacy Policy

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software