On July 25, 2013, partner Lee S. Brenner gave a CLE presentation in Culver City, CA titled “Hey, that was my idea!” This is an all too familiar refrain, particularly now that the federal courts have confirmed copyright law does not preempt idea theft claims (or, Desny claims). Until recently, idea theft law has been notably less developed than copyright law, but that is starting to change as courts flesh out the standards on the critical element of “use”. This CLE focused on the intersection of copyright and idea theft law, recent developments in idea theft law, including the state of the law post-Montz v. Pilgrim Films, recent decisions, defending against idea theft claims, and practical tips for avoiding litigation altogether.