August 7, 2013: State Bar Association to Co-host Seminar This Fall to Address Changes in the Entertainment Industry

As rapid advances in technology, seismic shifts in traditional business models, and changes to decades-old copyright laws continue to transform the music and entertainment business, the New York State Bar Association and CMJ Music Marathon are offering some timely guidance on how to navigate the new landscape.

This fall, the State Bar's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law (EASL) Section will co-host an entertainment business law seminar in New York City featuring top industry professionals and legal experts. David M. Israelite, president and CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association, will deliver the keynote address.

The forum will be held Friday, October 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at New York University's Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life, as part of the CMJ Music Marathon week-long conference and festival.

"Composers, musicians, artists, distributors and entertainment industry owners need to be increasingly innovative in order to remain competitive and profitable in today's ever-changing business and legal climate," said Rosemarie Tully of Huntington (Rosemarie Tully, P.C.), chair of the EASL Section. "This seminar will provide industry professionals and content owners with important information to help them succeed and prosper."

During the past year in particular, the industry has seen long-held licensing structures and content-distribution platforms altered by technology and business developments. In addition, Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office have begun overhauling the nation's copyright laws for the first time since the 1970s.

Among the seminar topics will be digital licensing; film finance; the ethics of client-poaching; the tax pitfalls associated with foreign touring; managing risk at live events; developments in the television industry; licensing of music for film, TV and video games; copyright law; and data security and privacy.

Israelite, who will deliver the lunchtime keynote address, has been president and CEO of the 2,500-member National Music Publishers' Association since 2005. He previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice as counsel and deputy chief of staff, and as director of political and governmental affairs with the Republican National Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law.

For a complete agenda, list of speakers and registration information, visit the EASL webpage at The deadline for online pre-registration is Monday, October 14. Participating attorneys who qualify will be eligible for up to 6 MCLE credits: 5 in professional practice and 1 in ethics.

The seminar is being held in collaboration with the CMJ Music Marathon, an annual music festival that combines 100 conference events with more than 1,400 live artist performances from October 15-19.

The State Bar's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section is comprised of more than 1,700 members representing varying interests at all levels within the entertainment, arts and sports industries.

The New York State Bar Association, with 76,000 members, is the largest voluntary state bar association in the country. It was founded in 1876.


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