Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

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    Music Business and Law Conference: Early Bird Rate Available Now!!! Friday, November 17, 2017 | New York Law School
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    Inside Auction Houses: EASL Brown Bag Lunch Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
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    Special Gallery Visit with Davide Cantoni July 7, 2017 | Cantoni Studio | 20 Jay Street #315 | Brooklyn NY 11201
  • Section Events
    • July 7, 2017: Special Gallery Visit with Davide Cantoni

      Friday, July 07, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

      Cantoni Studio | 20 Jay Street #315 | Brooklyn NY 11201

      Tickets are only $20.00! Spaces are limited so reserve now! Not an EASL Member? Join Today for only $35.00 (You must first be a NYSBA member to join the Section) 


      Our host, Davide Cantoni, will open his DUMBO studio for an intimate viewing of mixed-media artwork and a discussion of the issues of international copyright law and fair use.

      Davide Cantoni’s artistic practice, which began in the late 1980s, has focused on the way our society presents images and how they are consumed. Cantoni’s particular interest is in relation to new imagery published in the New York Times (he has lived and worked in NYC for the last 20 years).

      At the upcoming event, Davide will show one of his recent projects, which uses images from international news sources detailing accounts of war, famine, and other tragic news from around the world.

      Born in Italy, Cantoni completed his BA in Fine Arts at the Slade school in London, and completed an exchange year at the Hochschule Der Kunst in Berin in 1988. He attended the Royal College of Art and received an MA (RCA) in Painting in 1993. His work has been shown extensively in Europe and the USA, as well as South Korea, and is included in many public and private collections, some of which include the MoMA and the OSRAM.

      After the viewing, guests are invited to join in a lively discussion on topics of fair use and copyright law moderated by Irina Tarsis, a founding director of the Center for Art Law. Conversations themes are appropriation and licensing, as well as international copyright laws. The New York State Bar Association and the Center for Art Law are excited to join together to engage with this phenomenal artist, and to discuss the copyright and fair use issues he, and many others, have faced. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

      For questions please contact Beth Gould

    • July 11, 2017: Inside Auction Houses - EASL Brown Bag Lunch

      Tuesday, July 11, 2017
      12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

      Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
      One Battery Park Plaza
      New York, NY 10004


      Join the Fine Arts Committee for a round table discussion on the inner workings of auction houses with a Q&A format. 


      Sherri Cohen, Director of Trusts and Estates, Bonham’s 
      Frank K. Lord IV, Partner, Herrick Feinstein LLP 
      Daniel H. Weiner, Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP 
      Margaret J. Hoag, Vice President & Senior Counsel, Christie’s
      Jonathan Illari, Vice President & General Counsel,Phillips

      Co-Moderators: Lena Saltos & Elizabeth Urstadt

      EASL to provide refreshments; attendees to provide their own lunch.

      This program does not carry MCLE Credit.

      This program is sponsored by the Fine Arts Committee of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

      For questions about the program: Beth Gould - Bgould@nysba.org | To register over the phone call the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452

    • November 17, 2017: Music Business and Law Conference


      Friday, November 17, 2017

      New York Law School | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013

      EASL Section Members:  $219 before September 15th | $249 after
      NYSBA Members: $289 (Join EASL Today for only $35 and save $35 on your registration) 
      Non-NYSBA Members: $329 | Law Students: $149 
      Accountants receiving CPE Credits: $299 


      The Music Business and Law Conference will once again feature a variety of speakers from law, finance, business and technology.   Join us for as we bring you up to date on the latest trends and look ahead to opportunities and challenges in the music industry.

      Panel Highlights Include:
      • Bankruptcy and Copyrights
      • Global Database Efforts
      • Licensing Music for Broadway
      • It’s Still About the Money – Royalty and Licensing Audits
      • Trends in Branding and Merchandising
      • Annual Review of Copyright Law and Litigation
      • Music Publishing and Digital Media
      • Taking the Band on the Road – Tour Accounting
      • Music Business Basics – Publishing / Recording / Sampling
      • Ethics: Legal and Accounting

      Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Willard Ahdritz, CEO of Kobalt

      Willard Ahdritz founded Kobalt in 2000 with a mission: Making the music industry more fair and rewarding for creators. He wanted to give artists, songwriters, musicians, labels and publishers the freedom and transparency they needed to build their careers.

      Registration includes: 

      • Full Day Continuing Education Program with up to 6.0 MCLE Credits / 7.0 CPE Credits (this program is not transitional and therefore does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys)
      • Continental Breakfast, Refreshments and Luncheon

      To register over the phone please contact out Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452. For questions contact Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org

    • Recorded Product: 2016 Music Business and Law Conference


      This program features 11 different panels featuring a variety of speakers from law, finance, business, and technology, with several panels focusing on global perspectives of representation, tax, and practical concerns for music artists and businesses alike.

      Topics include: 

      • Case Developments Impacting the Music Industry 
      • International Digital Licensing and Copyright Reform
      • No Direction Home:  Tax and Legal Planning for Multi National Groups
      • Anatomy of a Music Festival
      • Planning for Celebrities and Beyond
      • Termination Rights and Related Issues
      • ReMixed and Mashed Up - Clearance and Royalty Streams 
      • Ethics: CyberEthics
      • Trends and the Outlook for Music Publishing and Master Catalog Transactions
      • DOJ Decision and PROs


      Purchase the entire program or just the panels you are interested in! 


      (if you are interested in just certain panels click on the panel title above) 

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    • Recorded Product: 2017 EASL Section’s Annual Meeting Program


      Were you unable to make it EASL’s Annual Meeting Program? Purchase the recording and receive 4.0 credits in Professional Practice (Non-Transitional) 

      The program included two panels:

      First Annual Television General Counsel Roundtable (2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice)

      The Television and Radio Committee (“TVR”) of the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (“EASL”), is pleased to present its inaugural annual Television General Counsel Roundtable, part of a slate of innovative programs planned by the TVR for 2017. 

      To help kick-off what will be a rare colloquy among the top U.S. cable television attorneys, Moderator Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor of the Hollywood Reporter, has selected some of the most significant entertainment law cases of 2016, in order to spark a lively discussion concerning the most pressing legal and business issues confronting media and entertainment lawyers (and their clients) today, including the free-speech rights of filmmakers who transform real-life stories into theatrical films; the current battle over reshaping access to television programming via so-called over-the-top television and set-top boxes; related FCC action regarding net neutrality and the promotion of independent programming; and, the copyright implications of pre-1972 sound recordings used by television and radio today. Insights provided by the moderator and panelists on these and other issues will help illuminate current media and entertainment business practices, trends, challenges and opportunities.

      Moderator: Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

      Nadja Webb Cogsville, Esq.
      , Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, VH1, LOGO, BET, CENTRIC, Music Strategy
      Michael Fricklas, Esq., Executive Vice president, General Counsel and Secretary, Viacom Networks
      Cynthia Gibson, Esq., Executive President and Chief Legal Office, Scripps Networks Interactive
      Jon Lutzky, Esq., General Counsel, Vice Media
      Jeffrey Schneider, Esq., Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, National Geographic Partners

      Crisis Management For Celebrities (2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice)

      What may be a crisis for one celebrity may not be one for another, but there are certain events that would universally be viewed as a crisis for most individuals in the public eye. From high visibility criminal proceedings to significant civil actions and accusations in the media, this panel will explore crisis management from the perspective of the criminal defense attorney, the civil litigator, the transactional attorney, the manager and the publicist. Each has a unique and integral role in guiding the celebrity through troubled waters in a stress filled time.

      Moderator: Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, New York City

      Susan Arons, Rubenstein Communications, New York City
      Benjamin Brafman, Esq., Brafman & Associates, PC, New York City
      Paul Rosenberg, Goliath Artists, New York City
      Theodor K. Sedlmayr, II, Esq., Sedlmayr & Associates, PC, New York City 


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    Entertainment, Arts  and Sports Law  Section Blog

    The Blog Provides a Forum and News Source on Issues of Interest The blog acts as a new informational resource on topics of interest, including the latest Section programs and Initiatives, as well as provides a forum for debate and discussion to anyone in the world with access to the Internet. It is available through the New York State Bar Association Web site at http://nysbar.com/blogs/EASL

    To submit a Blog entry, email Elissa D. Hecker at eheckeresq@eheckeresq.com

  • EASL Journal


    Diverse opinions contribute to the vitality of the law, and for every topic there are many issues to be addressed. TheEntertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal is a forum for ideas and a repository for legal analyses and theories. The EASL Journal presents topics that EASL attorneys address on a daily basis, and provides comprehensive overviews of both large issues that affect a majority of the EASL Section membership and analyses of more specific issues that affect only a few. In addition to contributions from practicing attorneys, the EASL Journal accepts articles from laypersons involved with issues that affect many in the EASL fields. The EASL Journal is published three times a year by the Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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