Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

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    EASL Spring Meeting May 23, 2017 | Herrick, Feinstein LLP | New York City
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    • May 23, 2017: EASL Spring Meeting


      Tuesday, May 23, 2017

      2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. 
      Reception to Follow

      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!

      4.0 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 
      This discussion of recent court cases will cover such topics, among others, as incontestability clauses in profit participation agreements, the intersection of film distribution payments and the "continuing tort," doctrine, determining which jurisdiction's statute of limitations applies to disputes over agreements for uses of copyrights, litigations and court decisions over the digital streaming of pre-1972 sound recordings, trademark disputes over digital entertainment content, recent copyright-assignment termination litigations, whether a letter of intent is binding for a film production deal, how geoblocking technology may affect litigation involving online video-viewing providers, and motions to disqualify plaintiffs' attorneys who have previously represented both talent and the management company the talent have since sued for trademark infringement.

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

      Film Revenues and Security Interests: A Case Study 
      Future revenues of motion pictures can be bought, sold and traded just like any other cashflows. This modified case study is based on an actual sale of film revenues and an ensuing lien enforcement which the presenters handled. Our presentation will cover:

      • the sale of a discrete set of film library revenues, including creation and perfection of security interests in the film library to secure seller obligations,
      • administration of the film library revenues by a sales agent and collection account manager, and
      • enforcement of liens following seller's breach, including sale of the film library in satisfaction of defaulted obligations.

      Speakers: Ezra Doner, Esq., The Law Office of Ezra Doner and Gary Eisenberg, Esq., Perkins Coie LLP 

      Impact of the Supreme Court's Extension of Copyright Protection to Cheerleader Uniform Applied Designs 

      This presentation will review the Supreme Court's recent decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands and assess how it will likely impact the apparel industry and use of applied art generally, including for sports marketing.

      Speaker: Barry Werbin Esq., Herrick, Feinstein LLP

      For further information, please Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org | To register over the phone Member Resource Center 1-800-582-2452

    • June 13, 2017 - EASL Spring Symposium 2017


      Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - CLE Program and Live Webcast
      Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & the Law: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | 3.0 MCLE Credits
      Art Law: Skills and Practice: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | 3.0 MCLE Credits

      New York Society of Security Analysts
      1540 Broadway, Suite 1010 (entrance on 45th Street) | New York City


      Join the leading experts in art and technology law for the EASL Spring Symposium on June 13! This unique full-day program offers two sessions on the latest developments in art and technology law. The morning session will provide an introduction to the burgeoning technologies of virtual and augmented reality, including the chance to experience VR firsthand. Join distinguished legal practitioners and industry experts as they discuss topics including VR/AR agreements, distribution and exhibition, applications and end uses of VR/AR, and more.The afternoon session provides a thorough analysis of the practice of art law transactions. Our expert faculty will review the skills necessary to represent the artist, the dealer, the buyer, and the seller.

      Program Chairs
      Laura A. Godorecci, Esq. | The Law Offices of Diane Krausz
      Judith B. Prowda, Esq. | Sotheby’s Institute of Art

      Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section Chair
      Diane Krausz, Esq. | The Law Offices of Diane Krausz

      Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & the Law
      9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

      3.0 MCLE Credits | 2.0 Professional Practice, 1.0 Skills

       8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
       9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

      Welcome & Introductions

      Diane Krausz, Esq. | The Law Offices of Diane Krausz
       9:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.                                                                                                                                                


      Introduction to VR/AR

      An introductory overview to virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), discussing topics including agreements, data privacy issues, IP issues, etc.

      1.5 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice

      Shannon Zhu, Esq. | Bank of China

      Tallie Carter, Esq. | The Tallie Carter Law Firm
      Robert J. deBrauwere, Esq. | Pryor Cashman LLP
      Devon Dolan | Cinetic Media Inc.
      Nicholas Fortugno | Playmatics, LLC
      Bethany Haynes, Esq. | Sloss Eckhouse LawCo LLP

       10:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

      Refreshment Break
       10:40 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

      VR/AR Distribution and End User Applications

      Distribution methods and current end user applications of VR/AR, VR/AR production pipelines. VR's use in medicine and healthcare to help "rewire" or "recalibrate" the brain after stroke, concussion, etc; AR's use in changing how the mind perceives a physical space, etc.) and figuratively (e.g., VR's use in attempting to change viewers' levels of empathy and engagement with certain subjects, etc.

      0.5 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice; 1.0 Skills

      Laura A. Godorecci, Esq. | The Law Offices of Diane Krausz

      Ben Barone | Coresights
      Alexia Bedat, Esq. | Klaris Law
      Karen Shaw Lorenzo, Esq. | Tribeca Enterprises
      David Putrino, Ph.D. | Weill Cornell Medical College
      David Title | Bravo Media, Inc., Nimble Division

      Art Law: Skills and Practice
      1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

      3.0 MCLE Credits | 1.0 Professional Practice, 2.0 Skills

       1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


      Art Law 1.0: Representing the Artist and Dealer

      1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice; 0.5 Skills

      Elisabeth Conroy, Esq. | Sotheby’s Institute of Art
      Carol J. Steinberg, Esq. | Law Office of Carol J. Steinberg

      Richard M. Lehun, Esq. | Stropheus LLC
      Judith B. Prowda, Esq. | Sotheby’s Institute of Art
      Barry Werbin, Esq. | Herrick Feinstein LLP
      Bethany Haynes, Esq. | Sloss Eckhouse LawCo LLP

       2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

      Refreshment Break
       2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

      Art Law 2.0: Representing the Buyer and Seller

      0.5 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice; 1.0 Skills

      Irina Tarsis, Esq. | Law Office of Irina Tarsis

      William L. Charon, Esq. | Pryor Cashman LLP
      Megan E. Noh, Esq. | Cahill Partners LLP
      Christopher J. Robinson, Esq. | Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

      One Session
      NYSBA Members: $135
      Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section Members: $114.75
      Non-Members: $235

      Two Sessions
      NYSBA Members: $175
      Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section Members: $148.75

      Non-Members: $275


      Not Able to Attend in Person?
      A Live Webcast Option is Available!*
      *Note: Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the program live in-person to receive New York MCLE Skills credit.

      Program Co-Sponsors:
      Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
      Committee on Continuing Legal Education

      Additional Information: This program provides TRANSITIONAL credit to all attorneys. For information about New York MCLE requirements, visit www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/CLE IMPORTANT NOTICE--PARTIAL CREDIT FOR PROGRAM SEGMENTS NOT ALLOWED: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

      To learn more about the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section please contact Beth Gould. 

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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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