Michael Morris gave a talk on Copyrights and the Rights of Publicity for the Provisors Los Angeles Lawyers and Legal Professionals Affinity Group on November 12.

Michael discussed copyright basics, including what is copyrightable, the duration of a copyright, termination of copyright grants, and related tax issues.

He also discussed California law on rights of publicity, including an analysis of the recent victory by the estate of Michael Jackson over the Internal Revenue Service regarding the valuation of Jackson's posthumous name and likeness rights.

As a former trial lawyer for the IRS and a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law, Michael provides insightful resolutions to his clients’ complicated tax, estate and business transaction issues. In the entertainment industry, he has developed a strong reputation for providing valuable and effective business solutions in areas such as copyright and contractual matters.