Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

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    Music Business and Law Conference: Early Bird Rate Available Now!!! Friday, November 17, 2017 | New York Law School
  • EASL Virtual Event
    Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & the Law Video Replay July 13, 2017
  • Section Events
    • July 13, 2017: Video Replay - Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & the Law

      VIRTUAL REALITY, AUGMENTED REALITY & THE LAW - VIDEO REPLAY


      Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
      CLE Summer 2017 Video Replay

      3.0 MCLE Credits
      2.0 Professional Practice, 1.0 Skills

      NYSBA Members: $75 | Non-Members: $175

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      This 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.

      Speaker:
      Ben Barone | Coresights
      Alexia Bedat, Esq. | Klaris Law
      Tallie Carter, Esq. | The Tallie Carter Law Firm
      Robert J. deBrauwere, Esq. | Pryor Cashman LLP
      Devon Dolan | Cinetic Media Inc.
      Nicholas Fortugno | Playmatics, LLC
      Laura A. Godorecci, Esq. | Dembitzer & Dembitzer LLP
      Bethany Haynes, Esq. | Sloss Eckhouse LawCo LLP
      Diane Krausz, Esq. | The Law Offices of Diane Krausz
      Karen Shaw Lorenzo, Esq. | Tribeca Enterprises
      David Putrino, Ph.D. | Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
      David Title | Bravo Media, Inc., Nimble Division
      Shannon Zhu, Esq. | Bank of China

      Click Here to learn more about the Program Faculty. 

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    • November 17, 2017: Music Business and Law Conference

      EASL'S ANNUAL MUSIC BUSINESS AND LAW CONFERENCE

      Friday, November 17, 2017

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

      EASL Section Members:  $219 before September 15th | $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 

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      The Music Business and Law Conference will once again feature a variety of speakers from law, finance, business and technology.   Join us for as we bring you up to date on the latest trends and look ahead to opportunities and challenges in the music industry.

      Panel Highlights Include:
      • Bankruptcy and Copyrights
      • Global Database Efforts
      • Licensing Music for Broadway
      • It’s Still About the Money – Royalty and Licensing Audits
      • Trends in Branding and Merchandising
      • Annual Review of Copyright Law and Litigation
      • Music Publishing and Digital Media
      • Taking the Band on the Road – Tour Accounting
      • Music Business Basics – Publishing / Recording / Sampling
      • Ethics: Legal and Accounting

      Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Willard Ahdritz, CEO of 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.

      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

    • Recorded Product: 2016 Music Business and Law Conference

      2016 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: 

      • Case Developments Impacting the Music Industry 
      • International Digital Licensing and Copyright Reform
      • No Direction Home:  Tax and Legal Planning for Multi National Groups
      • Anatomy of a Music Festival
      • Planning for Celebrities and Beyond
      • Termination Rights and Related Issues
      • ReMixed and Mashed Up - Clearance and Royalty Streams 
      • Ethics: CyberEthics
      • Trends and the Outlook for Music Publishing and Master Catalog Transactions
      • DOJ Decision and PROs

      FULL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 


      Purchase the entire program or just the panels you are interested in! 

      PURCHASE THE ENTIRE TODAY!

      (if you are interested in just certain panels click on the panel title above) 

      Bundle and SAVE: EXCLUSIVE Member Benefit - Bundling/Discount for Recorded Products 
      Bundle your recorded CLE program purchases and save up to 40% off of your cart total! Here’s how it works: 

      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.  

    • Recorded Product: 2017 EASL Section’s Annual Meeting Program

      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 

      PURCHASE THE RECORDING TODAY! 

  • 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

    VIEW THE LATEST ENTERTAINMENT, ARTS AND SPORTS LAW 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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