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Joshua S. Wattles

Joshua S. Wattles

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: November 30, 2016




Joshua S. Wattles has a distinguished decades-long career as an attorney, business executive and law professor in the entertainment, communications and technology sectors. He is currently Advisor-in-Chief to deviantART.com, an online community for visual artists ranked by traffic as one of the top 150 websites in the world.

Wattles was the deputy and acting general counsel of Paramount Pictures where he had a 12-year career that began during the now legendary management team of Barry Diller, Michael Eisner and Jeffery Katzenberg. At Paramount he was responsible for the studio’s highest profile talent and content agreements in all its divisions, major litigations such as the Buchwald “net profits” case and was the parent company’s senior intellectual property lawyer advising film, book publishing, sports and cable television units. He was a key architect in creating the film industry’s first anti-piracy programs and created the industry’s collective licensing organization for cable and satellite retransmissions of television programs and films in the EU.

Wattles began his career in the music industry as an in-house litigator for ASCAP. At Paramount, he also managed all of its music operations and significant music publishing interests, The Famous Music Publishing Companies, and was at the forefront of building the business and legal structure for the modern film soundtrack, such as Flashdance, Footloose, Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun and numerous others. As a private lawyer, Wattles’ clients have included motion pictures studios, music companies and new media properties, the World Monuments Fund, Dorothy Hamill, Televisa, the Internet entrepreneur Michael Robertson and J. K. Rowling. He participated in MGM v. Grokster, a “front page” Supreme Court case on contributory copyright infringement by Internet companies, as counsel to the developers of the technology in issue in that case.

Wattles was an adjunct professor of Copyright Law at both Southwestern University and Loyola University in Los Angeles and has also taught courses in Entertainment, Art Law and Music Publishing law. He is past president of the Los Angeles Copyright Society.
 

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