This year’s World IP Week theme was Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity. In honor of this, VLA hosted a panel discussion “Copyright and Creativity”, lead by two expert attorneys in the field, Cheryl L. Davis and Elissa D. Hecker. See some of the highlights below.
About Cheryl L. Davis
Cheryl Davis is General Counsel of the Authors Guild. She is a former partner at the firm of Menaker & Herrmann LLP, with 25 years’ legal experience. Her practice focused on counseling clients on intellectual property issues and litigating copyright and trademark cases. An award-winning playwright, she has long combined her creative passion with her legal work, representing theater clients in connection with a variety of contract and corporate issues (including both intellectual property and employment matters). She has made numerous presentations and written on intellectual property for the commercial arena, as well as for theater artists and other creatives.
About Elissa D. Hecker
A repeat New York Super Lawyer and Top Attorney – New York Metro Area’s Outstanding Lawyer, who practices in the entertainment and business fields, Elissa has a wide range of experience in corporate, copyright, and trademark law, with clients that encompass a large spectrum of the business and entertainment world. She is an articulate, persuasive communicator with polished presentation skills.
Elissa focuses on the representation of businesses (both established and new ventures), the entertainment industry, individuals, creators, entrepreneurial ventures, and both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. She has extensive experience with contracts, licensing, digital issues, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, and all aspects of running a business. Elissa optimizes legal and business affairs function for songwriters, music publishers, recording artists, performers, managers, producers, independent record labels, and production companies, as well as within the film, television, dance, visual arts and book publishing industries.