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Jenner & Block Partner Luke C. Platzer has been named by Law360 as a “Rising Star” in Media & Entertainment. He is one of only five lawyers chosen nationwide in this practice area.
Mr. Platzer earned a spot as one of the top media and entertainment attorneys under 40 in recognition of his work for EMI in its long-running case against MP3Tunes, securing an eight-figure jury award. In Law360’s profile, he noted that this was the first jury trial to test the copyright infringement theory of willful blindness and the “first time that a service provider had been disqualified from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbor based on willful blindness.”
In addition, the article highlighted Mr. Platzer’s work for Viacom Inc. in its high-profile suit against Google Inc.’s YouTube LLC and for Columbia Pictures, Disney and other film studios in their suit against file-hosting site Hotfile, cases that “have helped provide copyright owners with more meaningful tools to combat infringement by service providers that turn a blind eye to what their users are doing.” Mr. Platzer added that the verdict in favor of EMI in the MP3Tunes case also “helped to further shift the law [to provide] greater ammunition for content owners to challenge online services that enable large-scale infringement.”
Law360 also noted Mr. Platzer’s significant pro bono practice, underscoring his efforts on behalf of same-sex couples fighting for marriage rights. He commented that working on Lawrence v. Texas as a summer associate helped him realize “that it was possible to pursue a civil rights law career at a private law firm…The fact that I can wear both hats and pursue both areas of law is something I immensely appreciate about Jenner & Block.”