Attorney Marc Mangum dies; handled PBS copyright issues

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Marc Mangum, assistant general counsel at PBS, died Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C. He was 45. The family did not release a cause of death.

Mangum arrived at PBS in June 2009. He specialized in intellectual property law and supervised trademark and copyright operations at the public broadcaster. He also handled legal work for brand management and Digital Studios.

Mangum was the lead attorney for PBS on several copyright cases, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 ruling that found the business model of Internet TV service Aereo in violation of the 1967 Copyright Act.

According to his family, his “true professional passion” was film. He founded an independent production company, Cold Spark Films, and in 2007 wrote and produced Adventures of Food Boy, in which a teenager discovers he can magically make food appear. Mangum also regularly attended major film festivals worldwide.

Mangum was born Feb. 16, 1970, in Provo, Utah, to Donald and Diane Mangum. He graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University in Provo with a degree in economics. He earned his Juris Doctorate at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1997.

Before arriving at PBS, he worked as an associate at the law firms of White & Case; Linklaters; and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati. He also served as assistant general counsel for Capital One Financial Corp.

Mangum is survived by his wife; his parents; sons David, Myles, and Colin; daughter Amanda; brothers Donald, Adam, Matthew and Sam; sister Rachel Mangum-Bartholemew; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his younger brother Mitchell Mangum.

Mangum’s funeral took place Oct. 7 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Ashburn, Va. He was interred at Union Cemetery in Leesburg, Va.

A college fund has been set up for his children. Contributions may be made here.