David, a Partner at O’Melveny & Meyers, is a nationally renowned litigator who has represented clients across industries. Over two decades, David has earned victories and settlements in antitrust, contract, copyright and trademark, defamation, environmental, ERISA, insurance, interference, labor and employment, profit participation and royalty, international tax, and white collar criminal defense matters.
Benchmark Litigation recognizes David as a “Litigation Star,” while Chambers USA refers to him as a go-to lawyer for commercial litigation. Named to Variety’s Legal Impact Report, David is among the “legal eagles” who have “litigated thorny disputes for entertainment industry clients, studios and networks.”
Picture this: A paparazzo snaps an unauthorized photo of a celebrity and sells it to a media outlet, making a tidy profit. As unfair as that may sound to the celebrity, most stars are well-aware of the established law that a photograph—even an unwanted one—can be monetized by the paparazzi. The law also is clear that, absent permission, the celebrity cannot monetize the photograph herself. Photographs, like other works of art, can be copyrighted by the paparazzi and, as with copyright, the owner possesses the famed “bundle of rights,” including the right to prohibit others from displaying the photograph for money.