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April 30, 2010 - Jay Kogan

Characters and the Law

Jay Kogan, Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, and Deputy General Counsel DC Comics | A Warner Bros. Entertainment Company

April 30, 2010; 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Denver ChopHouse, Large Banquet Room

Co-Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter, Copyright Society USA

Jay will discuss and, through a multimedia presentation, illustrate legal protections available to characters, and he explore how such protections affect character creation, exploitation, and rights enforcement. Jay will also discuss how the nature of the character (e.g. purely fictional characters versus those based upon or inspired by real people, or personas adopted by real people) changes the analysis. In addition, Jay will examine some of the particular challenges facing character owners in today’s environment.


Jay Kogan is Vice President Business & Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel for DC Comics and MAD Magazine. His primary areas of practice include film, television, multimedia, print and online publishing and licensing, and he serves as the companies’ chief intellectual property counsel.

Jay is also an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he teaches Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting. Jay has previously been an adjunct professor at Purchase College, State University of New York, where he has taught courses on copyright law and Internet law, and at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ E-Commerce and E-Business program where he has taught survey courses on intellectual property, both live and online.

In addition, Jay is a co-chair of the Copyright and Trademark Committee of the New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section and an active member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., having held the positions of Secretary and New York Chapter Chair.

Jay is a frequent lecturer on copyright and trademark law. He has served as faculty for the Practicing Law Institute’s programs on Advanced Licensing, and Representing the New Media Company, the National Business Institute’s program on Internet Law, and the National Conference and Research Group’s program on Protecting & Managing Online Content. Jay has had articles published on copyright and trademark law, the protection available to characters, advertising law, and broadcast regulation.

Jay received his J.D. and Masters Degree in Mass Media in a dual degree program at Boston University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut.