David M. Adler will be addressing the Chicago Bar Association’s Media & Entertainment Committee on May 27, 2010 at 12:15 P.M. on the topic of Advising Clients When Creative Content Does Not Equal Copyrighted Content – Transactional & Litigation Strategies and Brief Review of the UrineTown case.
David Adler represented the Chicago stage play team who created, produced, and directed a local run of UrineTown. In response to threatened lawsuit/s, the team filed suit against another team of producers who formerly staged the play in New York. (Mullen v. SSDC, et. al.)
One of the key issues addressed in the lawsuit dealt with whether or not creative endeavors such as stage directing and lighting design could be considered recognized works of authorship under the U.S. Copyright Act and defend its denial of copyright registration applications filed by the Broadway production team. Prior to settlement, the U.S. Register of Copyrights filed a motion to increase the time with which to enter into the case. There are numerous implications with respect to copyright protection and how to best serve your clients interests.