Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Kelly M. Klaus was named among the Top 75 IP Litigators in California by the Daily Journal on April 22, 2015. Mr. Klaus has been featured on the list for the last six years.
Mr. Klaus was recognized for his role in successfully defending client Activision Blizzard Inc. in a right of publicity lawsuit filed by former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega over his appearance in the “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” video game.
The publication also highlighted Mr. Klaus’s continued representation of Universal Music Corp. in the so-called “dancing baby” case, which alleges Universal sent a knowingly false DMCA takedown notice to YouTube concerning a video posted by the plaintiff of her toddler son dancing to the Prince song, “Let’s Go Crazy.”
Also cited was his ongoing defense of Warner/Chappell Music in a class action challenging the validity of its copyright to the lyrics and music of the classic song “Happy Birthday to You.”
Mr. Klaus’s practice is focused on copyright and related litigation. He has represented all of the major motion picture studios and all of the major recorded music companies in some of their highest-profile copyright litigation matters.