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Making Content About Real People: What Writers (and their Lawyers) Need to Know - MCLE Available!

  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • ZOOM


  • For legal professionals seeking 1.5 MCLE credit hours.
  • CLA is sensitive to the current situation faced by the non-profit and arts sector within COVID-19. We are currently offering our workshops at a sliding scale or "pay what you can" price. While CLA is a nonprofit we are also in need of your continued support but want to ensure accessibility of our content and workshops to all no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact for waiver code.


When do I need to get permission to make a film about a subject? What is the right of publicity, and is that different from life story rights or likeness rights? What kinds of releases do I need to get? UC Irvine Law School professor Jack I. Lerner will join us to address all of these questions, and more. He will talk about the legal and ethical considerations of obtaining life story rights from real people, discuss the legal doctrines that govern these relationships, and the industry norms that shape them. He will also go over the basic components of a life story rights agreement. This event will be suitable both for non-lawyers and for lawyers who want to learn more..

MCLE Available!
For attorneys interested in 1.5 MCLE Credit Hours, select the MCLE pricing option at checkout.

About Online Workshops:

Registrants will be emailed a link to register for the Zoom seminar online after booking through the CLA website. Please make sure to register both via this page and on the Zoom registration page.

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About the Speaker:

Jack I. Lerner, Clinical Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine

Professor Lerner’s work focuses on problems at the intersection of law and technology, particularly how technology law and policy affect innovation and creative expression. He has written and spoken widely on copyright, privacy and other areas of technology law.

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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