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Associate Principal Counsel, Digital Antipiracy

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10066494 Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Feb. 21, 2024

Job Summary:

The Walt Disney Company is a diversified, international family entertainment and media organization whose operations include theme parks and resorts, filmed entertainment including motion pictures and television shows, home video products, records, consumer products, a cruise line, radio and television stations, broadcast and cable networks, Internet offerings, and publishing activities. The Walt Disney Company’s Corporate Legal Department seeks to hire a lawyer to join its Digital Media Antipiracy group and combat piracy of its digital content worldwide.

The Corporate Legal Department of The Walt Disney Company is seeking an accomplished intellectual property lawyer for its Digital Media Antipiracy group.  This position offers a rare opportunity to join an in-house legal team to work on substantive intellectual property legal issues, antipiracy strategy, and live content enforcement.  Prior in-house experience is not required.

The ideal candidate will have substantial experience with laws governing the enforcement of intellectual property rights, in particular, in the US and Latin America; contract drafting; and legal and technological issues relating to Internet investigations and online enforcement.  
We offer an excellent working environment with an emphasis on collaboration and teamwork.  If you meet the qualifications and thrive in a professional, fast-paced environment, we invite you to apply.


  • Manage online VOD and live event enforcement initiatives, with a particular focus on the US and Latin America to help protect the business interests of ESPN and Star+. "Manage" includes assisting in the development of the Company’s digital media enforcement strategies, meaningful participation in matters from initial investigation to conclusion, and supervising the work of outside counsel.

  • Work closely with internal business stakeholders, industry partners, legal and technology vendors, individual subject-matter experts across the Company, and outside counsel.

  • Stay abreast of a rapidly changing legal, policy, and technology landscape. 

  • Exhibit diplomacy, strategic thinking, attention to detail, and exceptional organizational and time management skills, with the ability to execute efficiently against multiple high-priority and high-volume projects.  

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum five (5) years of practice experience at a law firm or a combination of law firm and in-house work, preferably handling intellectual property litigation/antipiracy matters and licensing.

  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and analytical skills. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Spoken and written proficiency in Latin American Spanish, with further proficiency in Portuguese a plus.

  • Experience with live sports enforcement and related distribution agreements.

  • Knowledge of international intellectual property frameworks.

Required Education:

  • JD or equivalent from an accredited law school

  • Membership in the California State Bar in good standing or willingness and qualification to be Registered In-House Counsel

Additional Information:
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The hiring range for this position in California is $169,500.00 - $219,200.00 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

About The Walt Disney Company (Corporate):

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with TWDC Enterprises 18 Corp., which is part of a business we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

TWDC Enterprises 18 Corp. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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