“In the legal field, the consensus isn’t that law firms will be replaced by AI, but law firms that don’t adopt AI will be replaced by ones that do.”— Scott Sholder
Scott J. Sholder (@scottsholder), Co-Chair of the Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP’s Litigation group, focuses his practice on litigation, counseling, and dispute resolution in connection with entertainment, media, and intellectual property matters.
Scott represents and advises clients across various industries in copyright, trademark, right-of-publicity, unfair competition, domain name, and commercial and business disputes, as well as defamation defense. He has appeared in federal and state courts around the country as well as administrative and arbitral tribunals and has handled cases from pre-suit negotiations through trial and post-trial procedures.
His clients range from major media and entertainment companies and A-list talent to closely held and startup businesses and individuals in need of advice on intellectual property or guidance concerning brewing or existing legal conflicts.
Sholder’s understanding of the intersection of technology, law, and creativity is also reflected in his personal work as an artist, operating under the web3 name Metalhead. His art primarily involves photo manipulation, using applications like Procreate and Glitch Studio to transform everyday images into abstract, psychedelic pieces. Much of his work is influenced by music, particularly metal, which inspires his decisions about colors and specific additions to his pieces.
Sholder’s belief in the importance of consistent practice, self-belief, and the value of creative expression, regardless of public reception, is a testament to his passion for art. His experiences, as both an attorney and artist, provide a unique perspective on the implications of technology in the creative world.
- [2:41] Explanation of intellectual property rights
- [6:36] NFTs and copyright law
- [12:48] Artificial intelligence and copyright law
- [23:40] The question of artist vulnerability as training data
- [26:36] The complex definition of ‘Fair Use’ in copyright law
- [29:46] Drake, The Weeknd, Napster, copyright, and the future of fan-generated content
- [39:35] The future of work.
- [43:43] The legal protections against AI being implemented by the Authors Guild’s new template clauses for publishing contracts.
- [46:30] Sholder as the artist Metalhead on his artistic process
- [51:39] Megadeth legal controversy
- [54:23] Daily routine of creating art
- [56:59] Scott’s cross-platform minting strategy
The transcript of this episode can be found here.
Still curious? Check out our past interviews covering legal topics:
- Discussing Legal Issues Surrounding AI Art with Kayvan Ghaffari, MakersPlace Legal Counsel
- Knowns & Unknowns: NFTs & Intellectual Property
- Scott Sholder on LinkedIn
- Scott Sholder/Metalhead on MakersPlace
- Cowan DeBaets, Abrahams & Shepard
- Bored Ape Yacht Club
- Ed Sheeran vs Marvin Gaye Estate
- Getty Images vs Stable Diffusion
- Andy Warhol Foundation vs Goldsmith
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
- Unofficial Drake & The Weeknd AI-Generated Song
- Rick Astley
- Grimes releases AI voice pack
- Metallica vs Napster
- Nine Inch Nails releases album on PirateBay
- Danger Mouse’s Grey Album
- Girl Talk on how he’s avoided getting sued for sampling
- Authors Guild’s protections against AI
- MakersPlace interview with Greg Hildebrandt
- Megadeth Lawsuit
- Vic Rattlehead