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Mondo.NYC Speaker

Simon J. Frankel

Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Simon Frankel specializes in complex civil disputes and copyright and trademark litigation, with an emphasis on the technology and consumer products sectors. He is co-chair of Covington’s Copyright and Trademark practice group and Managing Partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. Notably, Mr. Frankel led a Covington team that won a landmark trial victory for John Deere’s green and yellow color brand, obtaining the first ruling ever that a color trademark was famous for trademark dilution purposes and securing a broad permanent injunction. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Frankel assists clients on a range of digital copyright and computer access issues, anti-counterfeiting efforts, and policy work before the U.S. Copyright Office. He is also a recognized authority in the field of art law, where he has handled disputes involving cultural property claims, title issues, moral rights claims, and resale royalties and also advised on a range of fine art transactions. He teaches a class on Art and the Law at Stanford Law School.

CLE: Exploring the Convergence of Music, Video Games and Esports: Novel Issues in an Emerging Virtual World

Creative partnerships and integrations are proliferating between the music, video game and esports worlds, a trend more dramatic in the pandemic world. The music industry continues to look for new ways to distribute music and promote artists, particularly in a virtual environment. And video game companies and esports leagues/teams continue to look for ways to promote themselves and drive user participation and viewership. Virtual events, concerts and tours, artist partnerships and other integrations with the gaming world will only continue to grow. This panel will explore the novel issues this convergence presents, including the latest developments in the use and licensing of intellectual property and likeness rights, considerations around technology integration, and data collection.