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Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Cydney Swofford Freeman

FreemanCydney Swofford
Associate
T213.633.8612
F213.633.6899
Cydney Swofford Freeman focuses her practice on media, entertainment, intellectual property, and First Amendment litigation and counseling. She provides pre-broadcast and pre-publication counseling and review for entertainment and media clients across a variety of platforms. Her prior experience includes advocacy in a broad range of complex commercial disputes and government investigations, including First Amendment and trademark matters.

Representative Experience

Kessler v. The Duffer Brothers

Representing the creators of the Netflix phenomenon “Stranger Things” against allegations that the idea for the series was purportedly pitched to them at a party despite the fact that they had been working on the concept for the series years prior to that alleged meeting and that the series bears almost no similarity to the allegedly pitched idea. (Los Angeles Superior Court Ongoing)

Noemi del Rio v. Virgin America Inc. et al.

Representing Virgin America in litigation involving allegations that plaintiff owns the copyright to elements of a sound recording that was used as part of an in-flight safety video played before Virgin America flights. (C.D. Cal. Ongoing)

Reflex Media, Inc. v. Pilgrim Media Group, LLC et al.

Representing Pilgrim Media Group and A&E Television Networks in trademark and copyright-infringement claims arising from the television series “Love At First Flight.” (C.D. Cal. Ongoing)

Roberts v. Prettybird Pictures, Inc.

Counsel for music video producer in copyright case arising from alleged use of clips from documentary film in music video for hit song "Formation." (E.D. La. Ongoing)

Estate of Barre v. Pretty Bird Pictures, et al.

Represented music video producer, director, artist, and others in copyright and trademark case arising from alleged use of deceased performer’s voice in music video for hit song "Formation." (E.D. La. 2018)

LaBau v. Food Network

Represented Food Network in copyright-infringement action arising from alleged copying of an online cooking video for Snow Globe Cupcakes. (C.D. Cal. 2017)

Pre-broadcast and production counseling and IP advice

Provides pre-broadcast counseling and review, rights analyses, fair use opinions, and other IP advice to media, entertainment, and technology companies including, among others, Amazon Studios, Asylum, Bento Box, Bunim/Murray Productions, Disarming Films, Facebook, IFC, Lime Grove Productions, Lionsgate, Magical Elves, Netflix, Our House Media, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Scripps, Showtime, Spotify, Super Deluxe, Titmouse, and Vox. (Ongoing)

Additional Qualifications

  • Associate, Cahill Gordon & Reindel, New York, N.Y., 2015-2017
  • Legal Intern, Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office, Charlotte, N.C., 2013
  • Undergraduate Intern, CNN International, CNN en Español, NBC News (IRTS Fellow), ABC WTVD

Professional Recognition

  • Pro Bono Publico Award, Legal Aid Society, 2017