Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Kelly M. Klaus was profiled as a Media & Entertainment MVP by Law360 on Dec. 18, 2017. Law360’s MVP report recognizes attorneys “who have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.”
Mr. Klaus was recognized for his work leading a team that secured a preliminary injunction on behalf of Disney, Lucasfilm, Fox and Warner Bros. against streaming service VidAngel. Munger, Tolles & Olson successfully argued for the plaintiffs that the service infringed the studios’ copyrights and violated their rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. In August 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of the preliminary injunction.
When asked why he chose to practice media and entertainment law, Mr. Klaus relayed how he was instantly interested in copyright law after taking a class on the subject at Stanford Law School. Mr. Klaus has litigated copyright cases at Munger, Tolles & Olson since joining the firm in 1996. He told Law360 that he has been “incredibly lucky to be able to work on” such matters, particularly because, “over the past couple of decades, copyright has only become more important.”
Mr. Klaus focuses his practice on copyright and related litigation, including antitrust and class action litigation. He represents major motion picture studios and recorded music companies in some of their highest-profile litigation. In addition to litigating, Mr. Klaus regularly counsels clients on copyright, software licensing and other intellectual property issues.