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2017 EASL's Annual Music Business and Law Conference

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Friday, November 17, 2017
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New York Law School | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013

Cost to Attend:
EASL Section Members:  $219 before September 15th and $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 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 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Registration (continental breakfast provided)

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (plenary panel)

Music Publishing and Digital Media 
Streaming.  It is heralded as the future of the business. How does the writer, the publisher, the label and the recording artist get paid?  Is the industry at large becoming dependent on Spotify which continues to lose money, but may be too big to fail?  Do we next rely on Facebook Apple Amazon Google and Spotify (FAAGS) for the revenue from the industry?  Will Free services or Freemium services sustain the business?  This panel of industry leaders will address the issues that publishers and writers face in monetizing their rights, and preventing infringement, as well as where the industry is headed.  Attendee questions about rights management, monetary recovery and related issues will be addressed as well.


  • Marc Jacobson, Esq. – Marc Jacobson, P.C. (Moderator)
  • Seth M. Goldstein, Esq., Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, MediaNet 
  • Neil Gillis, President, Round Hill Music
  • Noah Becker, President/CEO AdRev (AudioMicro, Inc.)

10:10 a.m.-11:10 a.m. (two panels choose one): 

Music Business Basics – Publishing / Recording / Sampling
This panel will cover basic concepts of publishing and recording agreements, including how sampling fits into those realms, along with a  discussion of the role of a talent agent for a band.  Sample agreements will be provided.  Attendees are encouraged to bring questions about 360 deals, administration, co-publishing and publishing agreements, agency roles, and the roles of management.


  • Ralph DePalma, Esq., Pryor Cashman LLP (Moderator)
  • Joseph Lloyd Serling, Esq., Partner, Serling Rooks Hunter McKoy & Worob LLC
  • Natalia Nastaskin, Esq., Head of US Music Operations, United Talent Agency
  • Andrew G. Tavel, Esq., Tavel & Shulman, P.C.
  • Keith Hauprich, Esq., General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, BMG-North America

You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone – The Implications of Bankruptcy 

Nothing can disrupt a business deal-for better or worse, depending on your postion in the deal - like a bankruptcy filing. This panel will address the practicial intersection between bankruptcy law and the music industry. The panel will also address brankruptcy treatment of unpublished works, copyright licenses and trademarks and the unique benefits of buying and selling assets through a bankruptcy proceeding. 


  • L.P. (Lynn) Harrison III, Esq., Partner, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP (Moderator)
  • Allen G. Kadish, Esq., DiConza Traurig Kadish LLP
  • Melinda D. Middlebrooks, Esq., Managing Partner, Middlebrooks Shapiro, P.C.
  • David B. Shemano, Esq., Partner, Robins Kaplan LLP

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. (two panels choose one): 

Licensing Music for Broadway


  • Roberta L. Korus, Esq., Roberta Korus Attorney-at-Law
  • Karen A. Kowgios, CPA, Partner, WithumSmith+Brown, PC
  • Jason Baruch, Esq., Sendroff & Baruch., LLP

International Focus - Global Database Efforts


  • Jeff Liebenson, Esq., Liebenson Law & President of IAEL  (Moderator)
  • Dan Millington, Performer Development Manager, PPL-UK
  • Mark Isherwood, Chief Operating Officer, DDEX
  • Sandra Gama, Esq., Chief Legal Officer at iMusica 

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Lunch 

Luncheon Speaker: Willard Ahdritz, Founder/CEO, 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.

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. (two panels choose one)

Taking the Band on the Road – Tour Accounting


  • Joyce Dollinger, Esq.,  (Moderator)
  • Jason Browning, President-CEO, The Browning Group, Inc. 
  • Joseph P. Callaghan, CPA,  Prager Metis
  • Peter Pappalardo, Agent, Artist Group International
  • Monika A. Tashman, Esq., Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Ethics – Legal and Accounting


  • Lewis Tesser, Esq., Senior Partner, Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
  • Kevin A. Burke, Esq., Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. (two panels choose one)

Trends in Branding and Merchandising


  • Kim Youngberg, Esq., Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Screenvision Media
  • Terri DiPaolo, Esq., Head of Licensing, Sponsorships & Endorsements at TKO
  • Jason Boyarski, Esq., Partner, Boyarski Fritz LLP
  • Andrew Hampp, VP-Brand Strategist, at MAC Presents,

It’s Still About the Money – Royalty and Licensing Audits


  • Mark A. Levinsohn, Esq., Levinsohn Associates, P.C. (Moderator)
  • Brian D. Caplan, Esq.,  Partner, Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
  • J. Christopher Hull, CPA, Partner, Prager Metis CPAs, LLC

4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. (plenary panel)

Copyright Law and Litigation – Annual Review
The last year has seen many exciting copyright and entertainment cases in the litigation arena.  Four experienced litigators who have litigated extensively in the music industry  will examine some of the high profile cases (e.g., the Blurred Lines appeal, Estate of Barre v Beyoncé, Estate of Jimmy Smith V. Drake, etc.), as much for their results as to highlight the parties' litigation strategies. From substantial similarity issues and developments in the "fair use" defense in music sampling cases, to courts' increasing readiness to resolve of cases in early dispositive motion practice, the panel will also look at the practical effects and implications of these cases and trends for the industry going forward.


  • Stephen B. Rodner, Esq., Senior Counsel, Pryor Cashman LLP (Moderator)
  • Paul V. LiCalsi, Esq., Partner, Robins Kaplan LLP
  • Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Partner, Reitler, Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
  • Robert W. Clarida, Esq., Partner, Reitler, Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
  • Ilene Farkas, Esq., Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP

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 


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