5/10 - PM Concurrent Track 1 - Copyright

May 10, 2023 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM


Grand Ballroom I

2:00 - 2:45 PM

Moderator: Tanya Curcio, Kelly IP, Washington, DC


In Between Naruto and Zarya: Copyright's Authorship Requirement

Speaker: Sandra Aistars, George Mason University, Antonin Scalia School of Law,  Arlington, VA

Copyright for Fictional Characters 

Speaker: Neel Chatterjee, Goodwin Proctor LLP, Redwood City, CA


2:45 - 3:00 PM COFFEE BREAK


3:00 - 3:45 PM

Moderator: Ben Siders, Lewis Rice, LLP, St. Louis, MO


Fair Use in Filmmaking: The Degree of Transformation of an Original Copyrighted Work to Qualify as Fair Use

Speaker:  Dale Nelson, Donaldson Callif Perez, Los Angeles, CA


Hosted by: Copyright Law Committee



  • Siders, Benjamin J.

    Lewis Rice, LLC | Member

    Ben is a partner in the intellectual property practice group at the law firm of Lewis Rice LLC in St. Louis, Missouri, and the current Vice Chair of AIPLA’s Copyright Law Committee. A second-career lawyer, he joined Lewis Rice in 2009 after retiring from his prior career as a software developer. Ben enjoys practicing IP law in a variety of disciplines, including computer and information technology, software licensing and compliance, as well as music, video games, and board games. Ben co-founded the St. Louis Game Developer Co-op, is a co-author of the American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Video Game Development, and has been published in the ABA’s Landslide journal on IP law.
  • Nelson-200 Nelson, Dale

    Donaldson + Callif | Partner

    Dale is a partner at Donaldson + Callif, a boutique firm that specializes in documentary and independent film production, clearance and fair use, championing the free speech rights of filmmakers, podcasters and other artists to tell their stories, their way.
  • Aistars, Sandra

    Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy | Senior Fellow for Copyright Research and Policy

    Sandra Aistars is Senior Fellow for Copyright Research and Policy and a Senior Scholar at the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2). She also leads the law school’s Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Program. Professor Aistars has over twenty years of advocacy experience on behalf of copyright and other intellectual property owners. She has served on trade missions and been an industry advisor to the Department of Commerce on intellectual property implications for international trade negotiations; worked on legislative and regulatory matters worldwide; frequently testified before Congress and federal agencies regarding intellectual property matters; chaired cross-industry coalitions and technology standards efforts; and is regularly tapped by government agencies to lecture in U.S. government-sponsored study tours for visiting legislators, judges, prosecutors, and regulators.
  • Chatterjee, Neel

    Goodwin Proctor | Partner

    Neel Chatterjee is a partner in Goodwin’s Intellectual Property practice. An internationally recognized technology litigator and trial lawyer, Neel has a proven track record of wins in hard-to-win technology cases. Neel has a passion for representing entrepreneurs and disruptive technology companies, even at their earliest stages. His cases often break new ground in undefined areas of the law. Neel has substantial expertise handling disputes related to patents, trade secrets, copyrights, internet law, and complex commercial technology issues. Neel also has a fascination with legal issues in pop culture, science fiction and fantasy.
  • Curcio, Tanya

    Kelly IP | Of Counsel

    Tanya Curcio counsels clients regarding a wide range of trademark and copyright issues. For over a decade she has managed global trademark portfolios and handled complex copyright registration, administration and enforcement issues. Tanya began her legal career at a boutique entertainment firm in New York City, where she negotiated and drafted recording, publishing, and other entertainment-related agreements for high-profile clients, including recording artists, music publishers, producers, songwriters, and music-based online platforms.