Jacqueline C. Charlesworth
Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, founder and principal of Charlesworth Law, is a nationally known litigator and transactional attorney whose practice is focused on copyright law and policy. Jacqueline’s clients include leading music, film, entertainment and software companies, industry trade associations, and songwriters, recording artists and other individual creators.
In addition to handling litigation and licensing transactions, Jacqueline advises on copyright-related legislative and regulatory matters. In 2018, she was named a Billboard Woman Executive of the Year for her role in helping to craft and secure passage of the Music Modernization Act, landmark legislation to update U.S. music licensing rules.
Previously, Jacqueline served as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights of the U.S. Copyright Office, where she had primary responsibility for interpretation of the U.S. Copyright Act and oversaw a wide range of litigation, legislative, regulatory and policy matters, including the Office’s participation in Supreme Court cases.
Jacqueline has lectured extensively on music and copyright law, including at Yale, Harvard, Columbia and other law schools. She serves as a trustee of the Los Angeles Copyright Society and is Special Counsel to the songwriter advocacy organization Songwriters of North America (SONA).
Jacqueline received a B.A. with honors in American Civilization from Brown University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. At Yale, she oversaw the The Yale Law Journal as an Executive Committee Editor and was a founding member of the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Licensed in: California, New York. Additional admissions: U.S. Supreme Court; District of Columbia, Second, Fourth and Ninth Circuits; Central District of California; District of Colorado; Middle District of Florida; Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Lois R. Fishman
Lois R. Fishman is a transactional lawyer focusing on copyright, publishing, e-commerce, entertainment, technology and trademark law. Before entering private practice, Lois spent thirteen years with the corporate legal group of The Walt Disney Company, most recently as Assistant General Counsel. At Disney, Lois represented various lines of business in negotiations for distribution of films, television programming and e-books via digital platforms and other distributors, and advised on content acquisitions, broadcasting regulations, domestic and international joint ventures and international IP and trade policy matters.
Prior to joining Disney, Lois was in private practice with distinguished boutique firms in Los Angeles, where she negotiated international transactions for high-profile software and internet companies, advised filmmakers, movie studios and other entertainment clients on copyright and trademark issues, and handled copyright, trademark and right of publicity claims.
Lois is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University (B.A., magna cum laude, Honors with exceptional distinction in Psychology) and holds a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Master of City Planning degree from the University of California, Berkeley where she was a Regents Fellow. She has taught for many years at Fowler School of Law, Chapman University and been a guest instructor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), San Andreas Faculty of Law (Argentina), and Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), among other institutions.
Lois is a former President of the Los Angeles Copyright Society. Currently, she is a member of the Boards of Fountain Theatre, a groundbreaking theater with a social conscience in Los Angeles, and Fuente Latina, an international not-for-profit working with Spanish-speaking media. Lois is proud of her volunteer work with MOSTe, a mentoring organization serving middle and high school girls of color in Los Angeles, and the LA Giving Circle.
Lois blogs about intellectual property and related issues at www.copyrightandbrandiq.com. She speaks and reads Spanish and French well, plus some Italian, and collaborates with a wide network of international lawyers.
Licensed in: California. Additional admissions: U.S. Supreme Court; Central District of California.
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