Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section

Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

Copyright and the Art of Its Protection

October 16, 2018
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.; followed by a cocktail reception

31 Mamaroneck Ave, 9th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601


This event is complimentary, however, registration is required. 

Copyright as it applies to working artists. How to register copyright. One thing the artists specifically asked for at the last event is a walk through for a copyright application. Registering multiple copyrights. What strategies can a working artist employ to protect their work from infringement.  Is the strategy different if the artist is working with a gallery vs. unrepresented. Copyright and internet (linking to images of others, maybe Goldman v. Breitbart implications). Most importantly, our presentation should be practical and accessible to non-lawyers. 

Questions? Contact Sydney Joy.  

The Evolving Landscape of Drugs and Scandals in Sports and Entertainment

Sponsored by the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Sections

Thursday, October 18, 2018
2:30pm - 5:30pm Followed by a Networking Reception
At Arent Fox, 1301 Avenue of the Americas (52nd - 53rd Streets), 42nd Floor, New York, NY
3 hours of CLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice



2:30 – 2:45pm            Welcome and Introduction - Barry Skidelsky, Esq., New York, NY   EASL Chair
2:45 – 4:00pm            Panel One: This panel will address the intersection of sports and drug laws, touching on the usage of legal and illegal substances to enhance athletic performance, as well as regulatory issues relating to drug approvals and dietary supplements.
1.5 credits of Professional Practice

Moderator:                 Brian Malkin, Esq., Arent Fox, Washington, DC (FDC Chair)

Panelists:                   Rick Collins, Esq., Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, Mineola, NY
                                   Jay Manfre, Esq., Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, Mineola, NY 
                                   Cameron Myler, Esq., CAS Arbitrator/NYU Professor, New York, NY
                                   Bill Ordower, Esq., EVP/GC, Major League Soccer, New York, NY
                                   Adolpho Birch, Esq., (invited) SVP/Labor Policy & League Affairs, National Football League, New York, NY

4:00 – 4:15pm            Break

4:15 – 5:30pm            Panel Two: This panel will discuss the legal fallout in entertainment and sports from what has come to be known as the "Me Too" movement. Topics to be covered include a brief overview of NYS and NYC sexual harassment statutes; defending against the firing, arrest, scandal or a controversy involving a celebrity entertainment, sports or corporate media client; the legal status of non-disclosure and arbitration agreements in sexual harrassment cases; and the relevance of inclusion riders in a #MeToo world.
1.5 credits of Professional Practice
Program Co-Chairs: Ann LaBarbera, Esq., Pamela Jones, Esq., Robert Seigel, Esq.

Moderator:                 Eriq Gardner, Sr. Editor, The Hollywood Reporter, New York, NY

Panelists:                   Ben Brafman, Esq., Brafman & Associates, New York, NY
                                    Greg Chiarello, Esq., Outten & Golden, New York, NY
                                    Kalpana Kotagal, Esq., Cohen Milstein, Washington, DC
                                    Jennifer O'Sullivan, Esq., Arent Fox, New York, NY
                                    Kristin Klein Wheaton, Esq., Goldberg Sagalla, Buffalo, NY

5:30 – 7:00pm            Networking Reception

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Music Business and Law Conference

Friday, November 16, 2018

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

Cost to Attend:
EASL Section Members: $219 before September 14th and $249 after | NYSBA Members: $289 (Join EASL Today for only $35 and save $40 on your registration) | Non-NYSBA Members: $339 | Law Students: $149 | Accountants receiving CPE Credits: $299


6.0 MCLE Credits / 7.0 CPE Credits: This program is not transitional and therefore does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys. The majority of this course is approved for credit for experienced attorneys only. This course is not transitional and therefore will not qualify for credit for newly admitted attorneys (admitted to the New York Bar for less than two years).

The Music Business and Law Conference will feature 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.


8:00- 8:45 am Registration and Breakfast

8:45-9:00 am Opening Remarks / Overview of the Day

Plenary Session

9:00-10:30 am 01. Music Business Basics and Beyond

Joseph L. Serling, Esq., Serling Rooks (Moderator)
Hanna Grzeszczyk, Founder & Director, Media IP Rights, Ltd.
Alisa Coleman, COO, ABKCO Music & Records Inc. 
Janine Small, Esq., Janine Small, PLLC
Robert A. Celestin, Esq., The Law Offices of Robert A. Celestin

Breakouts – Choose One of Two Panels

10:40-11:40 am 02. Empires of Their Own(DIY)

Gil Aronow, Esq. (Moderator)
Maria Lopez, CPA, Prager Metis
Laurie L. Soriano, Esq., King Holmes
Stephanie Scamardo, Hard Head Management

10:40 -11:40 am 03. Diversity in Business and Music

Michael Zaremski, Human Capital Solutions/Prager Metis
Deborah Scalise, Esq., Scalise & Hamilton, LLP
Ronald E. Taylor, CPA, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Breakouts – Choose One of Two Panels

11:50am-12:50 pm 04. Music Modernization Act (US) / International Developments

The Music Modernization Act could be the most consequential copyright legislation in a generation. This panel will describe what it does, what it doesn’t do, how it affects current business and legal practices, and its effect on domestic and international copyright holders. Bring your questions.

Marc Jacobson, Esq. (Moderator)
Chris Castle, Esq. – CC Legal Firm and Music Tech Solutions Blog
Charlie Sanders, Esq. - Counsel-Songwriters Guild of America, Inc.
Alexander Ross, Esq. – Wiggin LLP (UK)

11:50am-12:50 pm 05. Broadway Music Licensing II

We follow up on the excellent panel from last year with a review of the key legal issues to consider when clearing rights for using third party music in a stage musical or play. We then put our panel of long-suffering theater lawyers through their paces in a “deeper dive” into the area of using music on stage, including: grand vs small rights, using compositions from various composers (e.g., jukebox musical, bio-musical, conceptmusical), live-to-tape performances (e.g., JesusChrist Superstar), and music clearance associated with life story rights.

Stephen B. Rodner, Esq., Pryor Cashman (Moderator)
Robert C. Harris, Esq., Lazarus & Harris 
Victoria Traube, Esq., SVP, Business Affairs & General Counsel, Concord Music
Daniel M. Wasser, Esq., Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C.
Carter Anne McGowan, Esq., Sendroff & Baruch, LLP

12:50 -2:10 pm LUNCHEON

Breakouts – Choose One of Two Panels

2:20- 3:20 pm 06. Blockchain for Music: AI and Smart Contracts

Aaron Wright, Esq., Assoc. Prof. Cardozo Law
Russ Safirstein, CPA, Prager Metis
Ken Umezaki, CEO/Co-Founder, dotBlockchain Media Project
Allan Klepfisz, Co-Founder, Qtrax/Fenix

2:20-3:20 pm 07. Battle of the Band Members: Band Agreements and Break-Ups

A Manager, Transactional Attorney, and a Litigator, will discuss Band Partnerships from inception to breakup, each offering a unique perspective of the life and transitions of a Band. Among the topics are: 1) pros and cons of having a written partnership agreement, 2) lawyer compensation issues, 3) hiring a manager, 4) use of loan-out corporations, 5) co-authorship issues, 6) record and publishing deals, 7) touring and merchandising, 8) rights in the band’s name, and 9) litigation issues that may arise when the party (the partnership) is over, including conflict of interest issues.

Joyce Sydnee Dollinger, Esq. (Moderator)
Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Reitler, Kailas, Rosenblatt
Richard Grabel, Esq., Davis Shapiro
Vaughn Lewis, Manager, Strong Management

Plenary Session

3:30-5:00 pm 08. Litigation Update on the Music Front

The last year has seen many exciting copyright and entertainment developments in the litigation arena. Five experienced panelists who have litigated extensively in the music industry will examine some of the high profile cases (e.g., the “Stairway to Heaven” case, the proceedings by the NMPA before the Copyright Royalty Board, etc.), both for their legal impact and to highlight the parties' litigation strategies. From infringement issues, developments in the "fair use" defense in music sampling cases, to the setting of industry-wide rates for music streaming, the panel will also look at the practical effects and implications of these cases and trends for the industry going forward.

Paul LiCalsi, Esq., Robins Kaplan LLP (Moderator)
Christine Lepera, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Benjamin Semel, Esq. Pryor Cashman LLP
Helene M. Freeman, Esq., Phillips Nizer LLP
Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Reitler, Kailas, Rosenblatt LLC

Questions? Contact Kristina Maldonado@kmaldonado@nysba.org

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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: 

  • Music Publishing and Digital Media 
  • Music Business Basics – Publishing / Recording / Sampling 
  • You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone – The Implications of Bankruptcy
  • Licensing Music for Broadway
  • International Focus - Global Database Efforts
  • Taking the Band on the Road – Tour Accounting
  • Ethics and Everyday Practice
  • Trends in Branding and Merchandising
  • It’s Still About the Money – Royalty and Licensing Audits
  • Copyright Law and Litigation – Annual Review 

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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 


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


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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