Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

  • Film and Copyright
    EASL: Spring Meeting | May 12th | Herrick Feinstein LLP Topics Include: Cutting-Edge Case Developments in Entertainment Law and Counseling Clients on the Use of Trademarked and Copyrighted Works in Media Productions
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  • Section Events
    • April 30-May 2, 2015 ASCAP Expo

      EASL Members get a discounted rate, please contact Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org for more information.




      Tuesday, May 12, 2015

      3:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

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

      Cost to Attend: EASL Members: $50.00 | NYSBA (Non-EASL) Members: $90.00 | Non-NYSBA Members: $100.00 | NYSBA Law Students: $25.00

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


      3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Cutting-Edge Case Developments in Entertainment Law

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

      Discussion of recent cases covering such issues as bond amounts for preliminary injunctions in band name disputes, obtaining ex parte orders to stop merchandise counterfeiters, talent scouts’ revenues from artists they discover, limit on damages for TV executives claiming they were fraudulently lured to new companies, personal managers’ post-termination commissions from former clients’ sale of copyright recapture rights, statutes of limitations in claims over use of an individual’s persona, assignments of right of publicity claims, the interplay between transfers of rights in life stories and in copyrights, the potential impact on the entertainment industry from the “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement case, liability for public statements by entertainment attorneys in litigations and outcomes of legal fees disputes with entertainment clients.

      4:40 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.: Counseling Clients on the Use of Trademarked and Copyrighted Works in Media Productions

      Barry Werbin Esq., Herrick, Feinstein LLP
      Cathy Carapella, VP of Global ImageWorks
      Dr. Theodore Feder, President of Artist Rights Society
      Jill C. Greenwald, Esq., Assistant Chief Counsel ABC, Inc.

      Topics covered will include use and licensing of photographs, art and trademarked building imagery in film and TV productions, researching ownership or control of copyrighted works of art and design, and evaluating the time and expense needed to obtain rights and clearances.  The panel will consist of attorneys with deep experience with these issues and professionals with clearance companies who will address industry standards and practical recommendations. The presentation will include hypotheticals and images that illustrate the challenges.


      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

    • May 1st: BESLA'S 2015 Mid-Year Conference

      As long-time collaborators on bar leadership, enrichment, diversity and inclusion initiatives, The Black Sports And Entertainment Lawyers Association (BESLA) Cordially invites NYSBA’s EASL section members to attend:


      Friday, May, 1, 2015

      Fordham University Law School
      Constantino Room
      150 W 62nd St | New York, NY 10023 (Between 9th & 10th Ave)

      If you are interested in learning from and networking with Entertainment & Sports industry professionals, as well as discussing challenging and important current legal topics in the Entertainment & Sports industries, then we are pleased to invite you to join us in New York City for the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association’s (“BESLA”) 2015 Mid-Year Conference hosted by Fordham Law School and Sponsored by Morgan Stanley’s Global Sports & Entertainment Division on Friday May 1, 2015.  Plan to spend an exciting day with BESLA, with a full day of activities that includes: (1) a day of thought-provoking panel discussions with leading industry executives from entertainment and sports sharing their knowledge on cutting-edge issues, (2) networking opportunities throughout the day, (3) breakfast and lunch, and (4) an early evening networking reception.  CLE credits will be offered.

      Registration Fees: 
      General Admission:    $225 | NYSBA Members:    $175 | MBBA Members:    $175 | Law Students: $95

      REGISTER: http://www.besla.org/#!2015-mid-year-conference/ccth

      *NYSBA Members please use 2015myc as the password for registration under "Event Partner Organization Members"

      Panel Topics

      •   Entertainment & Sports Lawyering in the Age of New Media
      •   Lessons from the C-Suite: Running a Media & Entertainment Network
      •   Current Hot Topics & Legal Challenges in the Music Business
      •   Making it in Sports & Entertainment as a Diverse Attorney
      •   Representing Sports, Music, TV & Film Talent in the Digital Age
      •   Representing Professional Sports Teams and Leagues

      Confirmed Speakers:

      •   Jared Bartie –Counsel, Arent Fox
      •   Hal Biagas – General Counsel, Excel Sports Management
      •   Lisa Davis – Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C.
      •   Jeff Gewirtz – EVP, Business Affairs & Chief Legal Officer, Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center
      •   Dan Halem – Chief Legal Officer, Major League Baseball
      •   Derrick Heggans – Founder, Team Turnaround
      •   Derek Jackson – SVP & General Counsel, Miami Marlins
      •   Jamaal Lesane – VP, Legal & Business Affairs, NY Knicks & Madison Square Garden
      •   Mark Levinsohn – Levinsohn & Associates
      •   Derek Medina – SVP, Business Affairs, ABC News
      •   Michael Kushner –EVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Atlantic Records
      •   Riche’ McKnight – SVP, Global Head of Litigation, William Morris Endeavor - IMG
      •   Matthew J. Middleton – Of Counsel, Sweeney, Johnson & Sweeney
      •   Joseph Molko – SVP, Content Distribution & Marketing, Viacom Media Networks
      •   Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard – SVP & Associate General Counsel, BET Networks
      •   Jim Tanner – President, Tandem Sports & Entertainment
      •   Nadja Webb – SVP, Business and Legal Affairs, Viacom Media Networks
      •   Tatia Williams – VP, Business Affairs, National Basketball Association 
      •   Eve Wright – SVP, US Sports Marketing at Unscriptd.com

      Additional Invited Speakers

      •   Debra Lee –CEO & President, BET Networks
      •   Keith Clinkscales – CEO, Revolt TV
      •   Sean McManus – Chairman, CBS Sports
      •   David Rone – President, Time Warner Cable Networks & Time Warner Cable Sports
      •   Virginia Lazalde McPherson – SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, TruTV
      •   Adolpho Birch – SVP, Law & Labor Policy, National Football League
      •   Marc Lamont Hill – BET, CNN & Huffington Post News Correspondent
      •   Mark Cheatham – Agent, CAA
      •   Darrale Spears – VP, Sony Music

      Tentative Schedule:  
      8:00 – 8:50am – Breakfast
      9:00 – 10:30am - Session 1
      10:45 – 12:15 – Session 2
      12:30 – 2pm – Luncheon – Session 3
      2:15 – 3:45pm – Session 4
      4:00 – 5:30pm – Session 5
      6:00pm – 8:00pm – Networking Cocktail Reception 


      The Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, formed in 1980. BESLA is an organization of lawyers and other entertainment and sports industry executives that supports a more diversified, expert and informed group of entertainment and sports industry professionals.  Our mission is to advance the excellence of professionals in the Entertainment, Sports and related industries.

  • 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.