Attorney Scott Miller has been named legal rights coordinator for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
In his new position, Miller will field all requests for use of the Academy’s copyrighted trademark materials, including the image of the Oscar statuette, and will monitor unauthorized uses of the symbols and of trademarked phrases and words.
Miller will function as inhouse liaison with the Academy’s trademark and copyright attorneys at the firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Oliver.
The recent Southwestern U. School of Law graduate replaces Kirstine Krueger, who held the position for nine years. Krueger, who also served as coordinator of the Margaret Herrick Library’s National Film Information Service, has rejoined the library staff on a full-time basis.
The Academy is rigorous about protecting its copyrights, which are registered worldwide. During Oscar season – January through March – the Academy typically learns of dozens of violations of its trademarks and copyrights.
“Most often a call or letter to the infringer … is sufficient,” Miller said. “But if that doesn’t do the job, Quinn Emanuel is called in to apply the necessary legal remedies.”