Keith L. Cooper manages our Los Angeles office.  Since beginning his practice in 1995, Mr. Cooper has represented clients in copyright and trademark matters, including acquisition, protection and licensing.  His practice also entails negotiating and drafting entertainment agreements related to recording, merchandising, authorship, songwriting, production, management, distribution, contractor/works for hire, internet privacy and terms of use.  Mr. Cooper has represented a range of clients, including music artists/performers, songwriters and arrangers, as well as actors, photographers and designers.  He has also represented a number of businesses, including video game and software entities, a film production company, and clothing and art design companies.

Through the years, Mr. Cooper has established (or facilitated dissolution of) numerous corporations, LLC’S and Partnerships.  He has drafted a variety of agreements, such as partnership, shareholder and operating agreements, as well as independent contractor, employment, disclosure and settlement contracts.  He has also worked with clients on capital acquisition, contract drafting and negotiation, and has helped clients prepare business plans, private placement memoranda and other investor/disclosure documents.  Additionally, since 2001, Mr. Cooper has dedicated a substantial percentage of his practice representing clients in litigation, including defamation and business disputes.  He has also served as mediator.

Lastly, Mr. Cooper has significant direct experience in the entertainment industry. In 1999 he was Project Manager for the Recording Academy (GRAMMY Awards), where he implemented the inaugural Entertainment Law Initiative. Thereafter, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and 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.

Academic Credentials

Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1994
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1988

Memberships

The Recording Academy/Advocacy Committee
California Lawyers for the Arts, Co-President of Board of Directors
International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
Beverly Hills Bar Association (Business and Entertainment sections)
California Copyright Conference

Admission

State Bar of California
United States District Court, Northern and Central Districts

Speaker/Panelist/Moderator/Miscellaneous

Expert Witness: Fahmy v. Jay Z et al, (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)