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Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. PT

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If Ideas Are As Free As The Air, Why Are Some So Expensive & Why Does it Take an Expert to Express Yourself?

The presentation by seasoned litigators David Aronoff and JP Jassy will address the similarities and differences between idea submission and copyright infringement claims, defense strategies for optimizing success on both, why some plaintiffs (e.g., the recent Ad Astra case) bring both claims, and a look at Motions to Dismiss: Then & Now – a discussion about the Ninth Circuit’s recent reliance on experts to decide issues previously determined by judges alone.

David Aronoff is a media and entertainment litigation partner and Co-Chair of the Media & Defamation Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of Fox Rothschild LLP. David has over 30 years of experience handling a variety of complex matters, including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, defamation, breach of contract, and accounting claims.

David regularly represents and advises a variety of business entities, including motion picture and television studios, production companies, broadcasters, websites and podcasters, video game companies, music companies and advertising agencies in their business and marketing decisions and disputes involving copyrights, defamation, right of publicity, unfair competition, trade secrets, and contract disputes.

David has defended numerous copyright infringement, idea submission, and defamation claims arising from such popular entertainment works as “Ad Astra,” “Betrayal: The Perfect Husband,” “Bisping: The Michael Bisping Story, “Inside Game,” “Good Bones,” “Hurricanes: A Memoir,” “Walk of Shame,” “The Last Samurai,” and “Zorro: The Musical.”

Among his recent victories, David won summary judgment dismissing copyright infringement and idea theft claims against the film “Ad Astra,” won a motion to dismiss claims that the TV series “The Masked Singer” violated the plaintiff’s claimed right of publicity in his “Masked Singer” social media persona, and won a motion to dismiss copyright infringement claims against the Romeo Santos song “Eres Mia” on the grounds that it was not substantially similar to plaintiff’s song of the same title as a matter of law.

Jean-Paul (JP) Jassy is a founder and partner of Jassy Vick Carolan LLP. He litigates nationwide with an emphasis on disputes in the First Amendment, media, copyright and entertainment arenas. JP's clients include internet giants, television networks, metropolitan newspapers, motion picture studios, book publishers, top-flight production companies, award-winning reporters and authors, and nonprofits dedicated to free press and free expression.

JP has successfully litigated cases in trial courts nationwide, and in the United States Supreme Court, the Second, Fifth and Ninth Circuits, and the California Supreme Court. His recent successful copyright representations include the defense of a motion picture studio from a claim that films infringed on a screenplay, and the defense of a major book publisher and celebrity author from a claim that a series of books infringed on a treatment for a television program.

JP is listed in Chambers and Partners, Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers, and his firm is listed as top tier nationally and locally in Best Law Firms. He has taught full length courses in First Amendment, media, and defamation law at three law schools.





Vivian S. Lee

The Walt Disney Company


Dan Nabel

Riot Games

Vice President

Ian Slotin



Jacqueline Charlesworth

Charlesworth Law


Elaine Kim

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp


Nathaniel L. Bach

Michelle Choe

Rose Leda Ehler
Munger Tolles & Olson

Josh Geller
Greenberg Glusker

Robert S. Gutierrez

Ballard Spahr

Jeffrey A. Payne

Jassy Vick Carolan

Barbara Quinn


Orly Ravid

Emily Weiss

Amazon Studios

Immediate Past President

Andrew J. Thomas

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