Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

  • EASL Spring Meeting
    Thursday, May 5, 2015 Herrick, Feinstein LLP | 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
  • EASL 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.
  • Section Events
    • May 5, 2016: EASL Spring Meeting

      EASL Spring Meeting

      Thursday, May 5, 2016 
      1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

      Herrick, Feinstein LLP | 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

      Cost to Attend: EASL Members: $50.00 | NYSBA (Non-EASL) Members: $100.00 | Non-NYSBA Members: $125.00 | Newly Admitted Attorneys (24 months or less): $35.00 | EASL Law Students: $25.00 Not a Section Member? NYSBA Members Can Join EASL for only $35.00!

      5.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice. This program in not transitional, and therefore does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys


      Cutting-Edge Case Developments in Entertainment Law

      Stan Soocher, Esq., Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment Law & Finance

      Discussion of recent cases covering, among others, such issues as the inter-relationship between a company trademark and company principal’s right of publicity, whether an entertainer’s social media account is a “use in commerce,” descendibility of Lanham Act false endorsement claims, defamation claims over gossip columns, copyrightability of individual creative contributions to movie and TV productions, declaratory actions over copyright status of underlying works for new productions, copyright fair use in stage productions, lawsuits against counsel by clients who lose copyright cases, when law firms sue clients for fees in entertainment royalty litigation, domestic documents requests for entertainment litigation in foreign countries, continuous accrual doctrine in royalty suits and talent agencies act litigation.

      Negotiating And Enforcing Revenue Participations in Film and TV

      Revenue participations in film and TV come in different shapes, for example, net, adjusted gross, gross and royalties.  And they’re used in different contexts, including production, distribution, finance and ventures.  This panel will provide practical guidance as to how participations are structured, audited and litigated, with a special focus on new channels of distribution.

      Ezra Doner, Esq., 
      The Law Office of Ezra Doner 
      Stephen Einhorn, Former President, New Line Home Entertainment 
      Neville Johnson, Esq., Johnson & Johnson LLP

      Show Me the Money!: Rights of Publicity in the World of Sports

      This 1.5 hour CLE program will explore the many timely issues relating to the rights of publicity of student and professional athletes.  The discussion will begin with an overview of the right of publicity as it has been applied in various jurisdictions.  This will be followed by a review of significant recent developments, including challenges to the depiction of athletes in video games, cases arising out of television broadcast rights and fantasy sports, and some very significant decisions and judgments including the $8.9 million jury award to Michael Jordan arising from an “advertisement” congratulating him being named to the  NBA Hall of Fame.  We’ll also assess the recent “tattoo” claim by Solid Oak Sketches against Take-Two Interactive and others, and will examine whether athletes’ body art should be deemed part of their persona.  The panelists will discuss the substantive and procedural issues raised by these cases, including the tension between the athletes’ rights and the First Amendment, possible copyright preemption of certain claims, the availability of class actions, and the role of expert testimony is setting damage awards. The panel will also examine current deal terms for athletes’ publicity licensing rights. 

      Hal BiagasEsq., Sr. Vice President and former GC of Excel Sports Management 
      Barry Werbin Esq., Herrick, Feinstein LLP
      Edward Rosenthal, Esq.,  Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC
      Samuel M. Bayard, Esq., Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

      For question about the program: Beth Gould - Bgould@nysba.org

      To register over the phone call the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452 

  • The EASL Blog

    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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  • EASL Member Community

    Start using your EASL member community now.

    What are Member Communities?
    The member communities are private, online professional networks, built on the concept of listserves that offer enhanced features such as collaboration tools and document libraries. They offer you a variety of tools to help you connect, network and work collaboratively with fellow NYSBA members. 

    To participate, each member has a profile based on their basic membership information. You can enhance your profile by adding your photo, professional affiliations, volunteer activities and other accomplishments. You have the option to pull information from your LinkedIn profile, or even link to your personal blog or other social media feeds.

    How Can I Use It?
    Seamlessly integrated with nysba.org, no additional login or password is needed to enter a community. You just need to be a NYSBA member. 

    Just like a listserv, members of a specific community can share information with one another using email. Documents are emailed among members using links as opposed to email attachments, as attachments can be problematic with spam filters or limits on file size. Members can receive community emails as the messages are posted, or in digest form. These resource libraries have no space limitations, accept all file types, and can be organized using folders. Any member of a community can contribute to the library.

    If you are a member of a NYSBA Section, Committee or Task Force, and working to develop a report, white paper, policy change or recommendation, an online community is the perfect forum for you and your colleagues. You have a dedicated space designed to facilitate an efficient and collaborative work effort.

    Start using your EASL member community now.