In this episode:
I speak with Tony Iliakostas about Entertainment and IP Law. Tony discusses his entree into the entertainment law practice and shares fascinating details about posthumous personality rights.
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About our guest:
Tony Iliakostas, also known as “Prof. T” by his students, is the Manager of ABC News Rights and Clearances and an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, teaching Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property.
In his role at ABC News, Tony handles complex copyright licensing for various ABC News programs, including “Good Morning America,” “20/20,” “Nightline,” and other related ABC News branded programs. Tony also works closely with the news division’s business affairs and legal departments on various risk assessment matters when licensing photos and videos for the broadcasts as well as mitigating any legal claims in the event there is a copyright infringement claim.
Tony also has experience in personality rights licensing, having handled the licensing of various dead celebrities including Albert Einstein, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and other iconic celebrities in his role as Business Affairs Manager at Greenlight.
Tony most recently started an Instagram account called @TheIPProfessor as way to encourage, educate, and entertain people about the wonderful world of intellectual property.
Tony is a graduate of Fordham University, Class of 2011, and New York Law School, Class of 2014.
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