Professor Jennifer Rothman

Prof. Jennifer Rothman Lectures on Copyright Law at National Journalism Convention

Professor Jennifer Rothman gave reporters a primer on copyright, trademark and right-of-publicity law during a session she led at the Excellence in Journalism conference, one of the largest gatherings of journalists in the United States. The session, “Copyright Law for the Copycat Age,” addressed the use of copyrighted and trademarked materials in a variety of settings, including news websites, blog posts, Facebook and YouTube. 

Rothman, who teaches Copyright, First Amendment, Legal Issues in Reality & Non-fiction Works and related classes, delivered an hour-long lecture replete with examples of copyright issues drawn from the headlines and illustrated with a wealth of pictures and video. The session included a detailed explanation of the protections afforded by the Fair Use Doctrine. 

A frequent media commentator on copyright and related issues, Rothman values the important role members of the media play in the IP-law equation. 

“Many copyright issues affect journalists themselves. And it’s journalists who communicate to the public about IP issues. So, journalists must have a good understanding of IP laws to protect themselves and to report accurately,” she said. “In the digital age, copyright and other IP laws increasingly affect people’s lives and make their way into the news. It’s critical that reporters know how to navigate these issues.” 

Rothman's Aug. 26 session was part of a multi-day convention held in Anaheim, Calif., was collaboration between the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and drew thousands of journalist attendees. 

From the Excellence in Journalism program guide: 

Copyright Law for the Copycat Age 

The digital age and especially social media have raised a host of challenges for copyright, trademark and right of publicity law. In this session, a leading expert on intellectual property will cover topics that every journalist should know – especially those who cover new media, business, entertainment and law. Some of the issues covered will include the use of copyrighted and trademarked materials, and celebrity identities in a variety of settings, including blog posts, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest. The session will cover other cutting-edge issues, as well as how much protection fair use provides to journalists and other users in this "Copycat Age." 

Trainer: Jennifer E. Rothman, Professor of Law and Joseph Scott Fellow, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles 

Trainer information: Jennifer E. Rothman is a professor and Joseph Scott Fellow at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where her courses include Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Theory and the Right of Publicity. Her law review articles include "Best Intentions: Best Practices Statements for Fair Use,” "Liberating Copyright: Thinking Beyond Free Speech” and "Copyright Preemption and the Right of Publicity.”