“I’d particularly like to thank the students from the Sports and Entertainment Law Association
for putting this together,” said Vice Dean Patrick Kelly in his welcome to open the Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium on Friday, April 17th, before he turned the program over to SELA Co-President Robert E. Gordon. Gordon then introduced Widener Law adjunct professor Alexander Murphy
, who teaches Entertainment Law and serves as advisor to the Sports and Entertainment Law Association.
The daylong Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium packed the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom on Widener Law’s Delaware campus with legal professionals and students interested in discussing current, exciting topics in Sports and Entertainment Law.
The first panel discussion of the day featured Murphy and Justin B. Wineburgh of Cozen O’Connor, a 1997 graduate of Widener Law, discussing the process of creating “remakes” of original films or television shows. While Murphy discussed the general process of how a producer gets a movie made, Wineburgh spoke about his experience defending the producers who worked to turn the Japanese film Ringu
into the American remake, The Ring
, from a lawsuit brought by another producer who claimed he had the rights.
The symposium also featured a music panel entitled The Process of Sampling the Work of Others
, a sports panel on The Legal Impact of Fantasy Sports
, and an Ethics
panel. Professor Murphy and SELA Co-Presidents Daniel A. Burton and Robert E. Gordon put the program together with assistance from Widener Law Special Programs Coordinator Connie Sweeney.