About the Editor

Lon Sobel is the Editor of the Entertainment Law Reporter and a Visiting Professor in the summer-abroad program of the University of San Diego School of Law for which he has taught International Entertainment Law in London and International Copyright Law in Florence. He was the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Entertainment & Sports Industries from 2007 to 2009.

His is the author of the current “Law of Ideas” chapter for Nimmer on Copyright. He also is the author of: International Copyright Law, a casebook; International Entertainment Law, a casebook (written with the late Donald Biederman); Professional Sports and the Law, a text; and co-editor of the Third Edition of the casebook Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries. He has written chapters for several other books, including the “Entertainment Law” article in The Oxford Companion to American Law, the chapters on royalty accounting and soundtrack music for the Music volume of Entertainment Industry Contracts, and the chapter on the regulation of player agents in The Law of Professional and Amateur Sports. He has written many articles – some of which have been cited by the Supreme Courts of the United States and state of California, and by federal Circuit and District Courts – on a wide variety of entertainment law topics, including idea protection, domestic and international copyright, and labor and antitrust law.

He received a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1963, and a J.D. degree from UCLA School of Law in 1969.

From 1969 to 1982, he was in private law practice in Los Angeles, first as an associate with Loeb & Loeb and then as a partner in his own firm which was known as Freedman & Sobel. In 1982 he joined the faculty of Loyola Law School where he taught Copyright, Trademark, Entertainment Law and other subjects until 1997. During the 1997-98 school year, he was a Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law, teaching Copyright and Entertainment Law. In 2003 and 2004, he was a Lecturer at Boalt Hall, where he taught Copyright & Entertainment Law and International Intellectual Property, and was a Distinguished Scholar at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. He was a Professor at Southwestern Law School from 2005 to 2011, where he taught Tax and Aviation Law, and was the Director of its summer abroad program in London in which he taught International Entertainment Law.

He has testified twice before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee about Major League Baseball’s exemption from the antitrust laws, before the California Assembly Judiciary Committee about then-pending right of publicity legislation, and before California Senate Select Committees on the Entertainment Industry and the Regulation of Talent Agencies about remedies for the breach of music industry recording contracts and the Talent Agencies Act. He also has testified as an expert witness before the United States Tax Court on intellectual property law and international licensing practices in the motion picture, music and computer software industries.

He is an FAA-certificated Advanced Ground Instructor, and (like Angelina Jolie, Zach Braff, Tim McGraw and Ken Griffey, Jr., before him) is learning to fly a Cirrus SR20.

He may be reached at the following email address (which is distorted in an effort to prevent it from being harvested by spam bots):