Morrison Rothman LLP

PARTNER

Keith Cooper

 
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Education

  • Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law
    Juris Doctor, 1994

  • University of California, Los Angeles
    B.A., Political Science, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • California

Keith L. Cooper practices business and entertainment law. Although he has extensive litigation experience, including matters involving contracts, copyrights, trademarks, defamation, privacy rights and business disputes, his primary focus over the last decade has been dedicated to representing clients in transactional, financial and intellectual property matters.

Mr. Cooper’s entertainment practice includes negotiating and drafting agreements related to recording, publishing, licensing, merchandising, authorship, songwriting, production, management, filmmaking, television and distribution. He has represented musicians, songwriters, arrangers, actors, directors, producers, photographers and designers.

Mr. Cooper has also represented a number of entities and individuals in business matters. This includes representing start-ups, technology and software companies, game developers, esports teams, production entities, design studios and general business companies. Here, Mr. Cooper has established (or facilitated dissolution of) numerous corporations, LLCs and Partnerships. He has worked with clients on corporate governance and compliance, capital and business acquisitions, equity grants, business plans, private placement memorandum, investor/disclosure documents and employment matters; as well as negotiating and drafting myriad contracts related to all of the above. His work also includes intellectual property acquisition, protection and licensing; as well as drafting privacy policies, GDPR compliance, and terms of use.

Lastly, Mr. Cooper has significant direct experience in the entertainment industry. In 1999, he was Project Manager for the Recording Academy (GRAMMY Awards) and implemented the inaugural Entertainment Law Initiative. Thereafter, he co-founded a video streaming company. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Cooper worked at Geffen Records and Atlantic Records, and was the proprietor of a highly successful entertainment company promoting rock bands and clubs

Activities & Affiliations

  • The Recording Academy/Advocacy Committee

  • California Lawyers for the Arts

  • International Association of Entertainment Lawyers

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association - Business & Entertainment

  • California Copyright Conference

Speaker, Panelist, Moderator

  • Expert Witness: Fahmy v. Jay Z, (copyright infringement/derivative work claim)

  • Co-Author – Streaming/downloading: technology, economics and popularity (International Association of Entertainment Lawyers Book – MIDEM, June, 2015)

  • Guest Speaker: Business Issues for Bands, San Jose State University

  • Guest Speaker: Business Issues for Artists (CLA Continuing Education Series)

  • Guest Speaker: Intellectual Property Protection, Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs

  • Guest Speaker: Intellectual Property Licensing (CLA workshop, Encino)

  • Guest Speaker: Copyright Law & Fair Use, Burbank Unified School District

  • Guest Speaker: Copyright and Licensing Basics (CLA Workshop, Santa Monica)

  • Moderator: Monetization of Digital Music, GRAMMY Museum (2015)

  • Moderator: Democratization of Music & Decline of Record Labels, Boalt Hall (Berkeley)

  • Moderator: Music Apps, IP licensing and the 360 Deal, Ex’pression College

  • Moderator: Crossing the Digital Music Divide, 32nd Annual CLA Music Industry Seminar

  • Panelist: Digital Distribution of Music, Int’l Assoc. of Entertainment Attorneys, Hastings

  • Panelist: Technology & Impact on Creativity & Music Economics, Black Box, Sacramento

  • Panelist: The Economics of Music in the Digital Era, Electric Lodge, Venice

  • Panelist: Live Music Performance Strategy, 28th Annual CLA Music Industry Seminar

  • Panelist: Licensing for Gaming, Motion Pictures and Television, Boalt Hall (Berkeley)

  • Moot Court Judge, Hastings School of Law, (2006 to 2014)

  • Mock Trial Coach, Constitutional Rights Foundation Trial Competition, (2012 & 2013)

  • Chair of Entertainment, Arts and Sports Clinic (2nd and 3rd year, PSU law school)