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Lionel Sobel

Visiting Professor

Lionel Sobel B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1966
J.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1969
Biography | Courses

Lionel Sobel is teaching an entertainment law course on Income Taxation of Entertainers, Athletes, and Artists during the Spring 2014 semester.

Sobel received his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley (1966), and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law (1969), where he was editor of the UCLA Graduate Journal (1968-69).  Following law school Sobel practiced at Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles (1969-73), and he was a founding partner at Freedman & Sobel in Beverly Hills (1975-82).  Sobel was appointed Professor of Law at Loyola Law School from 1982-97, and Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School from 2005-11.  He has also taught at UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, and USC Law Schools.  Sobel’s previous courses include Copyright, Trademark, and Entertainment Law, Appellate Advocacy, Regulation of Broadcasting, International Intellectual Property, Aviation Law, and Tax Law.

Sobel has chaired the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries (2007-09), and in 2011, he received the “Texas Star Award for Outstanding Contributions and Achievement in the Field of Entertainment Law” by the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.  Sobel has testified twice before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee about Major League Baseball’s exemption from antitrust laws.  He has also testified 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 regarding remedies for the breach of music industry recording contracts and the Talent Agencies Act. He also has served 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.

Sobel has been the editor and publisher of the Entertainment Law Reporter since 1978.   His publications include: "DRM as an Enabler of Business Models: ISPs as Digital Retailers," 18 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 667 (2003); "The Law of Ideas, Revisited," 1 UCLA Entertainment Law Review 9 (1994) (reprinted in 1996-97 Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook (Clark Boardman Callahan, 1996)); "Introduction: Symposium on Independent Productions," 12 Loyola Entertainment Law Journal xi (1992); and International Entertainment Law  (co-authored with Donald E. Biederman) (Praeger Publishers, 2003).