Toni Lester

  • Professor
Academic Division: Accounting & Law

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Northeastern University
  • MA, New England Conservatory of Music
  • JD, Georgetown University
  • BS, Georgetown University

Academic Interests

Creativity and Innovation; Arts and Culture; Law and Society; Human Rights and Inclusion

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 — Babson Scholar Award (2016-2019), Babson College
  • 2014 — Scholar Advisory Group for UN Office of Human Rights Special Rapporteur , "Report On Cultural Rights and The Question of Copyright Policy and the Right to Science and Culture (2014)
  • 2013 — Kelly Lynch Research Chair (2008-2013), Babson College
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Publications

Other (please explain)

  • Lester, T. (2017). Scandal Surrounding Kevin Spacey, Netflix, and Morals Clauses in Celebrity Contracts: Babson Leadership Blog. Babson College Leadership Blog. link
  • Lester, T. (2016). Comments on Latest 'Sorry' Copyright Lawsuit against Justin Bieber . Babson College Leadership Blog. link
  • Lester, T. (2015). Marvin Gaye Verdict: 'Vibe" of Song as Important as Melody: Babson Leadership Blog. Babson College Leadership Blog. link
  • Lester, T. (2015). Toni Lester on Robin Thicke, Innovation, Cultural Appropriation, and Copyright Theft. Babson College Leadership Blog. link

Journal Article

  • Lester, T., Pachamanova, D. (2017). The Dilemma of False Positives: Making Content ID Algorithms More Conducive to Fostering Innovative Fair Use in Music Creation. UCLA Entertainment Law Review. Vol: 24 (5), Page: 52-73. link
  • Lester, T. (2016). Will the Cultural Defense Make A Difference in Celebrity and Sports Endorsement Contract Disputes?. Pace Intellectual Property, Sports & Entertainment Law Forum. Vol: Spring, Page: 21-51.
  • Lester, T. (2015). Oprah, Beyonc, and The Girls who Run the World Are Black Female Cultural Producers Gaining Ground in Intellectual Property Law?. Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law. Vol: 15, Issue: 3, Page: 537-563.
  • Lester, T. (2014). Blurred Lines - Where Copyright Ends and Cultural Appropriation Begins - The Case of Robin Thicke Versus Bridgeport Music and the Estate of Marvin Gaye. Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal. Issue: 2, Page: 217-241. O'Brien Center for Scholarly Publications. link

Book

  • Lester, T. (2003). Gender Nonconformity, Race and Sexuality - Charting the Connections. University of Wisconsin Press. link

Presentations

  • Questions of Trust, Betrayal and Authorial ControlLester, T. International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property Conference, University of Rome, Tre, Italy (2018)
  • Is 'Fair Use' Really Fair?" Lester, T. Invited Humbolt University Talk, Berlin, Germany (2018)
  • The Uses and Abuses of Multicultural Creative ContentLester, T. Invited University of Helsinki Talk, Helsinki, Finland (2018)
  • Sound and The LawLester, T. Dissolve Sound, Cambridge, MA (2018)
  • Discussant Response To A. Ventimiglia's Authorship and Authority in Intellectual Property: Mary Baker Eddy and the Legal Life of Religious TextsLester, T. International Society of the History of Intellectual Property, University of Toronto Law School (2017)
  • The Dilemma of False Positives: Making Content ID Algorithms More Conducive to Fostering Innovative Fair Use in Music CreationPachamanova, D. Lester, T. Board of Trustees Meeting, Babson College (2017)
  • The Ethics and Legal Implicatios of Copyright TheftLester, T. Babson Board of Research Faculty Research Day, Babson College (2017)
  • Music, Property and the LawLester, T. Music, Property and the Law, University of Texas, Austin (2015)
  • Are Black Female Cultural Producers Gaining Ground in IP LawLester, T. Babson Board of Research Series, Babson College (2015)
  • Discussant: The American Recording Industry and the First Phase of the 1984-2004 Royalty Reform MovementLester, T. International Society on the History of Intellectual Property Law Annual Conference, Uppsala, Sweden (2014)
  • How Rhythm is Treated in Copyright LawLester, T. North Atlantic Business Law Association Annual Meeting, Lowell, MA (2014)
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