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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a global sports and media organization with the mission to inspire and connect people everywhere through the power of basketball. Built around five professional sports leagues: the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League, and Basketball Africa League, the NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming available in 215 countries and territories in more than 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 200 countries and territories on all seven continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2021-22 season featured a record 121 international players from 40 countries. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App, and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 2.1 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.

Job Details

Position Summary:

Part of the team within the Legal Department responsible for a variety of intellectual property matters related to the NBA and its affiliated leagues, with a focus on the enforcement of IP rights on digital platforms.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Primary responsibility is to assist in overseeing digital enforcement of the NBA's intellectual property rights globally, including Content anti-piracy enforcement
  • Enforcement against unauthorized live streaming and unauthorized use of NBA content on social media and other digital platforms and apps
  • Drafting and submitting IP infringement notices regarding pirated content to digital platforms, including social media and mobile app platforms
  • Search engine delisting of links to unauthorized content
  • Working across the organization and with outside vendors to identify strategic piracy targets for investigation and action
  • Preparing regular content anti-piracy enforcement and trend reports and presentations
  • Brand protection enforcement
  • Coordinating anti-counterfeiting investigations of global e-commerce platforms and sellers
  • Drafting and submitting IP infringement notices to e-commerce websites and platforms regarding the distribution of counterfeit and unlicensed merchandise and the unauthorized use of NBA trademarks
  • Tracking and conducting necessary follow-up on takedown requests to ensure compliance
  • Evaluating and managing third-party technology vendors, investigators, and law firms who provide IP enforcement services
  • Providing advice and support in connection with various other IP enforcement matters (e.g., domain name disputes, ambush marketing)
  • Liaising with client groups (including Global Media Distribution, Programming and Production, Social Media, Global Partnerships, and NBA member teams) regarding enforcement matters and related strategy

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • At least five (5) years of experience at a law firm and/or corporate legal department in the field of IP enforcement
  • Ability to work effectively with others across the organization
  • High level of commitment to quality work product and organizational ethics, integrity, and compliance
  • Experience with IP enforcement (content piracy and anti-counterfeiting) on digital platforms
  • Familiarity with content protection systems and technology, including digital fingerprinting, watermarking, and third-party platform systems (i.e., Facebook Rights Manager, YouTube Content ID)
  • Familiarity with copyright and trademark law
  • Excellent research and communications skills, including exceptional written and oral business communications
  • Passion for technology with an interest in continually keeping informed about evolving landscape
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong presentation skills


  • Bachelor's degree with Paralegal Certificate preferred
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Digital Rights & Strategy Enforcement Senior Manager
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