Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section

Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

Music Business and Law Conference

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

Cost to Attend:
EASL Section Members
: $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. This year we’ve added a lunchtime panel discussing The Future of the Music Business, featuring speakers from various disciplines sharing their thoughts on what the future holds.

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AGENDA

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
Panelists:
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
Elizabeth Schechtman, Esq., Director, Business Affairs, Paradigm Talent Agency


Breakouts – Choose One of Two Panels

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

Empires of Their Own: The potential financial rewards for artists who own their own repertoire and control their careers is almost limitless, but those benefits require planning and investment and come with costs. This panel will discuss legal and financial issues that artists and artist-owned companies must consider to make sure they maximize and keep the profits from their creations.

Panelists:
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

What do you need to know to support diversity in your law practice and your business? It’s much more than you think. Comprised of speakers who are leaders in the field of ethics and diversity, this panel will explore the underpinnings of implicit bias and offer pathways for education in the workplace to promote diversity and all its benefits.

Panelists:
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.

Panelists:
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)
Christine Pepe, Esq. (IP, Music, and Digital Law Consultant)

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, concept musical), live-to-tape performances (e.g., Jesus Christ Superstar), and music clearance associated with life story rights.

Panelists:
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, Ruddell & Vassallo, P.C.
Carter Anne McGowan, Esq., Sendroff & Baruch, LLP


12:50 - 2:10 pm LUNCHEON and THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS

This year, EASL presents an informal lunchtime panel featuring speakers from various disciplines discussing perspectives on the future of the music business.

Marc Jacobson, Esq., Marc Jacobson, P.C. (Moderator)
Joe Mohen,
CEO, Chimes Music
Alexander Ross, Esq.
, Wiggin LLP (UK)
Laurie L. Soriano, Esq.
, King Holmes
Victoria Traube, Esq.
, SVP, Business Affairs & General Counsel, Concord Music


Breakouts – Choose One of Two Panels

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

Panelists:
Aaron Wright, Esq., Assoc. Prof. Cardozo Law
Russ Safirstein, CPA, Prager Metis
Ken Umezaki, CEO/Co-Founder, dotBlockchain Media Project
Joe Mohen, CEO, Chimes Music

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.

Panelists:
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.

Panelists:
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



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Questions? Contact Kristina Maldonado@kmaldonado@nysba.org

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Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under that policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis of his/her hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. To apply for a discount or scholarship, please send your request in writing to Kristina Maldonado at: New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or kmaldonado@nysba.org.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities: NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimina¬tion against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Stephanie Bugos at (518) 487.5588 or kmaldonado@nysba.org.




ENTERTAINMENT, ARTS AND SPORTS LAW MEETING

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:10 PM
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
4.5 MCLE Credits
Sutton South, 2nd Floor
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Underlying Rights In All Media- Part 1
(3.0 hours of CLE Credits in Professional Practice)
The first part of EASL’s CLE program will consist of two separate panels that focus on underlying rights licenses and resulting challenges from rights holders. The first panel will address key elements of deals to develop film, television and theatre productions that are based on pre-existing works (e.g., books, plays, films, artwork, comic books and podcasts), as well as provide practice pointers on structuring adaptation and option deals.

Part 2
A second panel will review related cases and other legal challenges that have arisen.


Ethics for EASL Lawyers and Others
(1.5 hours of CLE Credits in Ethics)
The second part of EASL’s CLE program will address ethical issues not only of general applicability to all attorneys, but also of particular concern to transactional and litigation lawyers whose work involves entertainment, arts and sports – such as fee arrangements (including offering or receiving referral fees, shopping or taking a piece of a deal), representation of multiple parties (including co-writers or members of a music group), serving as a talent agent or manager and other conflicts of interest, privilege, confidentiality, imputation, disqualification, and more.


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*EASL OFF-SITE RECEPTION

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:45 PM
5:45 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite: Bill's Bar and Burger, 16 West 51st Street at 5th
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Join the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section and the Intellectual Property Law Section at their joint Reception.

Location:
Bill's Bar & Burger Rockefeller Center
16 W 51st St,
New York, NY 10019



Law students, take note of this publishing and scholarship opportunity: The Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (EASL), in partnership with BMI, the world’s largest music performing rights organization, has established the Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship! Created in memory of Cowan, an esteemed entertainment lawyer and a former Chair of EASL, the Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship fund offers up to two awards of $2,500 each on an annual basis in Phil Cowan’s memory to a law student who is committed to a practice concentrating in one or more areas of entertainment, art or sports law.


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2017 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: 

  • 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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Select your recorded programs by format ( online video/audio streamingDVD/CD) and place them in your shopping cart.  The more products/credits you place in your shopping cart, the bigger the discount: 4 credits or more earns you 10% off of your shopping cart total; 8 or more credits earn 20% off; 10 or more 30% and 12 or more a maximum of 40% in savings.  

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

Panelists:        
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

Panelists:
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

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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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