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Justin M. Righettini

Associate

, Bryan Cave LLP
Chicago

Tel

1 312 602 5073

Fax

1 312 698 7473
justin.righettini@bryancave.com
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Justin M. Righettini

Associate


Chicago



161 North Clark Street, Suite 4300
Chicago, Illinois 60601-3315

Phone:

1 312 602 5073

Fax:

1 312 698 7473

email:

justin.righettini@bryancave.com

Justin Righettini is an intellectual property and entertainment attorney who focuses on copyright, music, and Internet-related issues. He has experience in all phases of litigation, including through trial and appeals.  Among others, Mr. Righettini has represented major music artists; music publishing companies; Internet, broadcast, and print media companies; film production companies; advertising agencies, and computer software developers.  Mr. Righettini also has substantial experience in trade secret, dignitary tort, trademark, and art law issues.

Beyond his everyday practice, Mr. Righettini is a classically trained guitarist and is a graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music and California State University Northridge, where he studied with Scott Tennant and Ronald Purcell.  In addition, Mr. Righettini holds an M.P.A. from the USC Price School of Public Policy, where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholar.  Finally, Mr. Righettini has given presentations on copyright at various law schools and forums, including being invited to teach an LL.M course on music copyright.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, Copyright Litigation Committee
  • The State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Member, Los Angeles Copyright Society

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Dean’s Merit Scholar, 2011-2014, University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy
  • Paul Wildman Scholarship, 2003-2006, Southwestern Law School
  • Editorial Board, Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law, 2005-2006, Southwestern Law School
  • Dean’s Scholarship, 2002, University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music
  • Andrés Segovia Scholarship, 2000, California State University, Northridge
  • Randy Rhoads Memorial Award, 1999, California State University, Northridge

Justin Righettini is an intellectual property and entertainment attorney who focuses on copyright, music, and Internet-related issues. He has experience in all phases of litigation, including through trial and appeals.  Among others, Mr. Righettini has represented major music artists; music publishing companies; Internet, broadcast, and print media companies; film production companies; advertising agencies, and computer software developers.  Mr. Righettini also has substantial experience in trade secret, dignitary tort, trademark, and art law issues.

Beyond his everyday practice, Mr. Righettini is a classically trained guitarist and is a graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music and California State University Northridge, where he studied with Scott Tennant and Ronald Purcell.  In addition, Mr. Righettini holds an M.P.A. from the USC Price School of Public Policy, where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholar.  Finally, Mr. Righettini has given presentations on copyright at various law schools and forums, including being invited to teach an LL.M course on music copyright.

Select Representations

  • Batts v. Adams, et al. (C.D. Cal. 2010). Obtained summary judgment dismissal for The Black Eyed Peas in music plagiarism lawsuit challenging the hit song “Boom Boom Pow.”
  • Pringle v. Adams, et al. (C.D. Cal. 2010). Successfully defended The Black Eyed Peas at trial and appellate levels in music copyright case challenging the song "I Gotta Feeling," including obtaining complete summary judgment dismissal, terminating sanctions, affirmance on appeal, and an award of attorneys’ fees and costs for nearly $1 million.
  • Marketing Information Masters, Inc. v. The Board of the Trustees of the California State University System, et al., 552 F. Supp. 2d 1088 (S.D. Cal. 2008). Successfully defended the Trustees of the California State University in an action for copyright infringement, including co-authoring the briefs that persuaded our court to strike down the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act of 1990 as unconstitutional.
  • Mattel, Inc. v. MGA Entertainment, Inc. (C.D. Cal. 2004). Member of team that represented Mattel, Inc. in copyright dispute over the Bratz fashion doll franchise, including authoring and contributing to briefs that shaped the copyright infringement analyses performed at trial and resolved in our favor, as well the briefs that stripped our adversary of the trademark and domain name rights in the name “Bratz.”
  • MCS Music America v. Napster, Inc. et al. (C.D. Cal. 2007). Defended Napster in mass action for copyright infringement brought by roughly 26 music publishers, including researching and briefing issues related to various forms of digital music distribution. The case was favorably settled.
  • Fall River Music, Inc. v. Krueger Communications, LLC et al. (C.D. Cal. 2006). Defended major fast-food chain in music copyright infringement suit concerning Pete Seeger’s rendition of “Guantanamera,” including devising litigation strategy that exposed the fatal flaws in plaintiff’s musical analysis and doomed its claim.
  • Represented film production company in breach of contract and fraud dispute, including authoring successful motion for judgment on pleadings that eliminated opposing parties’ counterclaims and precipitated a seven-figure settlement for our clients.
  • Defended against claim of copyright infringement with respect to literal and non-literal elements of a computer program, the result of which led to an unopposed defense motion for summary judgment and an extremely favorable settlement on behalf of our clients.
  • Member of team that defended film production company against mass music copyright infringement claims asserted by nearly 30 record companies and music publishers.
  • Second chaired five-day jury trial of entertainment contractual dispute, comprising all aspects of trial preparation and the authoring of successful motion for nonsuit.

Bar and Court Admissions

California, 2006

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of California, and Northern District of California

Education

University of Southern California, M.P.A., 2014

Southwestern Law School, J.D., 2006

University of Southern California, Graduate Certificate (Advanced Studies in Music Performance), 2002

California State University-Northridge, B.M., cum laude, 2000

Publications

  • "Copyright Quake Hits California," New Matter, Vol. 33, No. 2 (2008) (Co-Author)
  • "Trade Group’s Commentary May Be Subject Matter of Lanham Act Claim," Media Law Resource Center, Media Law Letter (August 2006) (Co-Author)

Speeches and Seminars

  • “Anatomy of a Music Copyright Infringement Lawsuit,” Chicago Bar Association, Media & Entertainment Law Committee, Chicago, Illinois, March 27, 2014
  • Invited Lecture, Copyright Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California, February 14, 2013
  • Invited Lecture, Entertainment and Sports Law Society, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California, March 7, 2012
  • “Evaluating a Potential Plaintiff’s Copyright Claims,” Advanced Entertainment Law Seminar, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California, November 17, 2011
  • Invited Lecture, Copyright Law, St. Mary’s Law School, San Antonio, Texas, August 25, 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, Copyright Litigation Committee
  • The State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Member, Los Angeles Copyright Society

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Dean’s Merit Scholar, 2011-2014, University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy
  • Paul Wildman Scholarship, 2003-2006, Southwestern Law School
  • Editorial Board, Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law, 2005-2006, Southwestern Law School
  • Dean’s Scholarship, 2002, University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music
  • Andrés Segovia Scholarship, 2000, California State University, Northridge
  • Randy Rhoads Memorial Award, 1999, California State University, Northridge

Education

  • University of Southern California, M.P.A., 2014
  • Southwestern Law School, J.D., 2006
  • University of Southern California, Graduate Certificate (Advanced Studies in Music Performance), 2002
  • California State University-Northridge, B.M., cum laude, 2000

Admissions

  • California, 2006
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of California, and Northern District of California