Washington, D.C. counsel Janet Fries spoke at the 2019 ABA-IPL Annual Meeting and Intellectual Property Law Conference on April 10−12, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. Janet was moderator for the panel titled “Content Licensing Tips” on April 11.


As moderator, Janet led the discussion on important issues relating to obtaining content for use in derivative works and licensing content to third parties. With the steady increase in online content and the need for rights clearance for multiple uses, the panel addressed the confusion around what is “free” content and what constitutes “fair use.”  The recent use of Creative Commons licenses by copyright trolls as traps for the unwary also was discussed. The panel offered guidelines and resources for “safe licensing and ways to avoid copyright, trademark and rights of publicity/privacy claims.” Other speakers were Lauryn H. Guttenplan, Associate General Counsel for the Smithsonian Institution; Lisa Williams-Fauntroy, Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for Discovery, Inc.; and Nancy E. Wolff, Cowan DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP.
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