The Ins and Outs of Clearances . . . Celebrities And More -#LX11 Licensing International Expo 2011


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I attended the seminar “The Ins And Outs of Clearances . . . Celebrities And More” at the recently concluded 2011 Licensing International Expo. The seminar sought to address the important issues to consider when using a celebrity’s name, image, likeness or works to promote a product or company.

The panel covered a lot of the issues and concepts I discuss here regularly. Namely:

1. Trademark Law
2. Copyright Law
3. Rights of Publicity

A standout for me on the panel was John Tehranian, a practicing attorney and Professor. He could really articulate legal concepts in an easy straight to the point way that I thought the average person could get. I was so impressed by him, I interviewed him right after his presentation on the panel. Tehranian is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and has authored two books. The first is called Whitewashed (New York University Press, 2009) and the second is Infringement Nation: Copyright 2.0 and You (Oxford University Press, 2011). I am particularly intrigued that ‘Infringement Nation’ takes on millions of copyright violation by the average person in a new digital age and answers the important question of how existing copyright laws fit in an ever changing and shifting digital paradigm.

I received a review copy of the book and look forward to reading and offering my opinion on it. I do expect the wit, intelligence and articulateness I saw Tehranian display at the seminar to be reflected in his book; and trust I will enjoy reading every page.

For more information about Infringement Nation or to purchase it, feel free to visit the book’s Amazon page.


Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s fashion and entertainment law practice areas. Ms. Uduak has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry has been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also the author of Fashionentlaw™ and also has over two decades combined hands on industry experience in the creative industry which includes modeling, retail, fashion production, public relations, digital media, journalism and publishing. For further inquiries or if you are seeking legal representation, please email ( You may also follow her on twitter at @uduaklaw


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