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September 7, 2010

"YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU"

CREATIVE PROPERTY AND CONTENT PROTECTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE WILL BE THE FOCUS AT THE 5th ANNUAL ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS LAW SEMINAR AT CMJ MUSIC MARATHON & FILM FESTIVAL ON OCT. 22, 2010

One-Day Event Offers Six MCLE Credits for Attorneys Hosted by the CMJ Music Marathon in Association with the New York State Bar Association Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section 

Leaders at the center of the entertainment industry will discuss how legal practitioners can best protect their clients' creative property in the digital age at the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) accredited Entertainment Business Law Seminar at CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival in New York City on Friday, October 22, 2010 at New York University's Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life, in the Richard L. Rosenthal Pavilion.  This year's all-day seminar titled, How To Take It With You, is hosted by the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival in association with the Entertainment Arts & Sports Law (EASL) Section of the New York State Bar Association.

In today's digital world, with the development of ever faster, better and more powerful handheld devices such as the Android or the iPAD, the entertainment industry is scrambling to keep pace and capitalize on this new mobile marketplace that makes creative content available at consumers' fingertips, whenever and wherever they want it.  With these new formats come new legal questions. This year's seminar will examine how creative, marketing and legal practitioners in the entertainment industry can protect creative property while ensuring that it is fully mobile - physically, internationally and even posthumously.
 
"In this new and exciting period, legal practitioners must balance two potentially competing demands. First, that we must do everything possible to ensure that the artist's creation - whether it is a song, film or video - can be delivered to the target audience through the most-up-to-date medium. Second, that we ensure that the unique product that has been created remains under the control of the artists and business entities that support them for both artistic and financial reasons," said Judith B. Prowda, chair of the State Bar's EASL section. "This year's theme, 'How To Take It With You' gets at all the aspects of this thorny distribution versus control issue and provides practical advice on how lawyers can help their clients negotiate the right path.  Every entertainment attorney should sign up so they can take this knowledge with them."

Joanne Abbot Green, co-owner of CMJ Network Inc. and founder and executive producer of CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival said, "The legal profession plays a vital role in ensuring that artists and the entertainment industry continue to be successful, particularly during these rapidly changing and turbulent times. CMJ is thrilled to be a partner with the New York State Bar Association in creating the best forum for attorneys to discuss all sides of this complex world of product mobility and the constructive role they must play in it."

"We will bring together the very best attorneys and business executives from all over the country to discuss all the pitfalls and opportunities associated with the digital mobility. This seminar is a must-attend event that gives lawyers an advantage in understanding the very latest legal developments in the entertainment industry, while also taking advantage of a superb networking forum," said EASL program committee co-chair Rachel DeLetto.

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival is one of the world's most important platforms for the discovery of new music and cutting-edge films, and will take over New York City from October 19-23, 2010. Over five nonstop days and nights, CMJ will feature over 1200 live performances from over 30 countries in more than 75 of New York City's greatest venues and theatres. In addition to hundreds of showcase performances, cutting-edge films and informative panels, CMJ 2010 will present over 70 panels including featured speakers, a music business law seminar, and College Day and will feature live music performances, exclusive parties, an exhibitor loft, a registrant lounge, an artist gifting suite, meet and greets, seminars, mentoring sessions, networking events, comedy showcases, Q&As, and special events.

Program panels for the law seminar include:

• Today Manhattan, Tomorrow The World - How U.S. entertainment content providers can succeed in foreign markets.
• If it Walks and Quacks Like a Duck, How Much Do You Owe the Duck - Exploring the latest developments in publicity rights.
• The End is Near: What You Need to Know About Copyright Terminations - Discussing key issues in copyright terminations including who is eligible and what is dissolvable as well as termination impacts and gray areas.
• How to Avoid the Ethics Blues - Ethical Issues in Music, Film & Entertainment Law - Exploring ethics issues that arise when lawyers assume non-traditional legal roles or take on multiple roles while representing entertainment clients.
• Rights, Restrictions & Compatibility: The Challenges of Mobile TV - Addressing issues facing lawyers negotiating distribution deals for mobile content including what is "mobile" versus "Internet."
• The Changing Landscape of Film Distribution: A Digital Vision - Examining new partnerships between film festivals and digital platforms to increase the accessibility and visibility of independent films.
• The Kid Stays in the Picture: Agreements with Minors - Investigating the rules and risks of contracting with minors including tips on the best approach to dealing with them.
• Apps, Apps, and More Apps - Looking at dealmaking issues in this new media stream including licensing and content use.

A complete line-up of panelists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Lawyers attending the seminar will receive six (6) New York State MCLE credits, consisting of four (4) in Practice Management, one (1) in Skills and one (1) in Ethics, plus a breakfast and luncheon. For those who wish to register for the one-day business law seminar, go to www.nysba.org/EASLCMJ2010. Both two- and five-day CMJ/CLE registration options also are available to attend all CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival events in addition to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar.  The event is open to all CMJ registrants. For two- and five-day registration, please visit CMJ's Web site at http://cmj2010.com/registration.

Pricing options include:

Option 1: Entertainment Business Law Seminar Only (Registration fee: $199*)
This option includes admission to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar only (Friday, October 22, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), 6.0 New York MCLE credits, written course materials, and refreshments.  This option DOES NOT include a CMJ Music Marathon registration.

Law Student Discount Rate: Entertainment Business Law Seminar Only (Registration Fee: $100)
Available through online advance registration only. This option includes admission to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar (Friday, October 22, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.), refreshments, and one-year NYSBA and EASL Section membership. This option DOES NOT include MCLE credits, written course materials or CMJ Music Marathon registration.

Register for these options through the NYSBA Web site: www.nysba.org/EASLCMJ2010.

Option 2: Entertainment Business Law Seminar + 2-day CMJ Music Marathon 2010 Badge (Registration fee: $299*)
This option includes admission to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar, 6.0 New York MCLE credits, written course materials, lunch, refreshments and a 2-day CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival 2010 Badge valid during Friday, October 22, 2010 and Saturday, October 23, 2010.  The 2-day CMJ Music Marathon 2010 Badge allows access to two (2) full days of events including panels, nighttime admission to New York's best live music venues to enjoy hundreds of the world's best new bands in concert and the CMJ Film Festival featuring the very best in major and independent films before they hit theaters.

Register for this option through CMJ Music Marathon Web site: http://cmj2010.com/registration.

Option 3: Full 5-day CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival 2010 Badge + Entertainment Business Law Seminar Upgrade (Registration fee: $594 [$495 CMJ Badge + $99 upgrade]*)
This option includes admission to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar, 6.0 New York MCLE credits, written course materials, lunch, refreshments and a 5-day CMJ Music Marathon 2010 Badge valid during Tuesday, October 19, 2010 through Saturday, October 23, 2010.  The 5-day CMJ Music Marathon 2010 Badge allows access to five (5) full days of events including panels, nighttime admission to New York's best live music venues to enjoy hundreds of the world's best new bands in concert and the CMJ Film Festival featuring the very best in major and independent films before they hit theaters.

Register for this option through CMJ Music Marathon Web site: http://cmj2010.com/registration.

*Please note that an additional amount of fifty dollars ($50) will be added to the registration fee if you register after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13.

For more information on programming, schedules and to register for MCLE credits, please visit www.nysba.org/EASLCMJ2010.

To see the full seminar schedule, please visit http://cmj2010.com/daytime-events/cle-legal-program/schedule.

For two and five-day registration, please visit http://cmj2010.com/registration.
Hotel Discount: As part of a partnership between Hotel on Rivington and CMJ, king rooms are available to CMJ badgeholders at a special rate of $309 per night during October 18 - 24. This deal is valid only if booked by September 17. To reserve, contact Hotel on Rivington and reference the CMJ Marathon Web site.

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About NYSBA:  The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years. To learn more on NYSBA membership, please visit www.nysba.org or email membership@nysba.org.

About EASL:  The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the NYSBA, now in its 23rd year, has a large, active and diverse membership, with lawyers occupying every corner of the entertainment, art and sports law fields, at every level, from law students and first-year attorneys to senior partners at leading national and international firms and senior legal and business affairs and C-level executives at multinational media corporations. The section strives to not only meet the needs of its increasingly specialized and sophisticated membership by providing the best CLE programs and scholarly publications, but also to fulfill its role as advocate for its members' interests, promote professional responsibility and emphasize the core values of the legal profession. To learn more about NYSBA's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section, please visit www.nysba.org/easl.

About CMJ Network, Inc.:  CMJ Network connects music fans and music industry professionals with the best in new music through interactive media, live events and print. CMJ.com offers a digital music discovery service, information resources, and community to new music fans, professionals, and artists.  CMJ Events produces the legendary CMJ Music Marathon, the largest and longest-running music industry event of its kind, in addition to live events and tours across the USA.  The weekly music business trade magazine CMJ New Music Report is the primary source for exclusive charts of non-commercial and college radio airplay and independent and trend-forward retail sales.  CMJ Access is an integrated marketing agency specializing in providing its clients unparalleled access to the college and young adult demographic and emerging music world. Log on to www.cmj.com for more information about all of CMJ's products and services.