About the Author
Jonathan Faber is the Founder, Managing Partner and General Counsel of Luminary Group, LLC, a licensing and consulting agency that specializes in representing brands and personalities in the licensing industry as well as providing litigation support in an expert witness capacity. Faber has served as an expert witness in landmark cases, and is the creator and professor of the first law school course in the country dedicated entirely to the Right of Publicity (offered through the Center for Innovation and Intellectual Property at Indiana University McKinney School of Law). Faber also is an attorney for McNeely Stephenson where he handles intellectual property and business matters for hospitals, casinos, school systems, and start-ups. Faber has represented over 200 rights owners, including Marilyn Monroe, Vince Lombardi, Princess Diana, Chuck Berry, I(Love)NY, the Beverly Hills Sports Council, and Jesse Owens.
Faber was previously a director at Sommer Barnard (now Taft) where he was Chair of the Licensing Group and a member of the Intellectual Property and Business Law groups. Prior to Sommer Barnard, Jonathan was the President of CMG Worldwide, Inc.
With a national presence in the intellectual property and licensing industries, Faber often serves as a speaker at industry conferences (such as Licensing University at the annual Licensing Show, AdWeek convention, Fordham Law School’s Annual International Intellectual Property and Policy conference). He has been published and quoted in various publications ranging from the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Billboard, License! Magazine, MSNBC among others, and Luminary Group has been noted in a 60 Minutes segment on the rights of deceased personalities.
Faber also serves as an expert witness on intellectual property and licensing matters, for plaintiffs and defendants alike, including cases involving Uma Thurman against Lancome, Zooey Deschanel against Kohls and Steven Madden, Motley Crue founding member Nikki Sixx against Vans, the animated character Madeline (Estate of Ludwig Bemelmans) against DIC, Robby Gordon (NASCAR) against Fruit of the Loom, Bill Lester (NASCAR) against Checkers/Rallys, and Gary Stephens (jockey) against Southern States Farmers Cooperative, the 1985 Chicago Bears. Faber also was involved in the effort to assign OJ Simpson’s Right of Publicity in satisfaction of judgment to the Goldman and Brown families, as well as in negotiations with News Corp. and Harper Collins concerning royalties from his confessional book.
Faber is a voting member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS, which administers the annual Grammy Awards ), a member of ASCAP, and past Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Executive Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law.