Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

  • EASL Music and Business Conference 2016
    EASL's Annual Music Business and Law Conference Friday, November 18, 2016 at New York Law School
  • EASL Virtual Event
    Is This The Real Life? Virtual and Augmented Reality Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Cardozo Law School
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    • November 18, 2016: Music Business and Law Conference


      Friday, November 18, 2016
      9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

      NEW LOCATION: New York Law School | Rooms W400 and W401 | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013

      EASL Section Members:  $249  
      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.


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

      Case Developments Impacting the Music Industry 

      • Paul LicalsiEsq.Robins Kaplan, LLP (Moderator) 
      • Cynthia S. AratoEsq.,Shapiro Arato, LLP
      • Ross BagleyEsq., Pryor Cashman
      • Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
      10:10 a.m.-11:10 a.m. (choose one) 

      International Copyright Reform

      • Jeff Liebenson, Esq., Liebenson Law and President of International Association of Entertainment Lawyers

      No Direction Home:  Tax and Legal Planning for Multi National Groups

      Hit songs and the successful bands that record them are not limited to one territory.  We now have band members spread over three or four territories, which requires careful coordination of legal and accounting matters.  This session traces the legal and accounting issues of a fictional group, its members and corporate entities, from recording to touring, addressing along the way:  tax residence, international tax structures, estate taxes without borders, contract jurisdiction shopping and impact of income streams, expansion overseas by US entities, treaty protection and domestic law in a changing environment, royalty remittances, and trademark issues (i.e., Rhianna and Ukulele Orchestra cases).

      • Eric Longley, Chartered Accountant, Prager Metis (UK) (Moderator) 
      • Hal Peterson, Prager Metis
      • Robyn Guilliams, Esq., Goldstein & Guilliams, PLC

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

      Anatomy of a Music Festival

      The popularity of music festivals is becoming a dominating force the music industry.  Live musical performances are revenue earners for festival owners, promoters and artists alike.  For those in attendance, music festivals provide an atmosphere fostering creativity, unity and self-expression, and are also crazy fun.  Before the first set starts, there is extensive planning, administration, and organized execution that goes into putting on your favorite music festival.  This panel will deconstruct the components of a music festival and take a look into the business and legalities involved in such a venture.  Discussions will include: talent buying and programming; safety and insurance; financial planning and concerns; intellectual property implications; and agreements with talent, staff and sponsors.

      • Joyce Dollinger, Esq. Dollinger, Gonski and Grossman (Moderator) 
      • Peter TempkinsHUB International (Insurance Brokers)
      • Peter ShapiroPromoter (Brooklyn Bowl Founder, et al.)
      • Janine Small, Esq., Janine Small, PLLC
      • Nicholas JuddJudd Financial

      Planning for Celebrities and Beyond

      The recent and tragic passing of Prince has caused renewed focus on the risks of poor planning, or even worse, no planning at all.  This panel of experts will present a case study to explore the legal, tax and practical business considerations that should be addressed before this thing called Life comes to an end.

      • Gabe M. Wolosky, CPA, Prager Metis CPAs, LLC          
      • Linda J. Wank, Esq., Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC
      • Justin Buencamino(Valuation Expert) Prager Metis CPAs, LLC
      • Jonas E. Herbsman, Esq., Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman, LLP
      12:50 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Luncheon Speaker: Richard Gottehrer, Songwriter and CEO of The Orchard 

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

      Termination Rights and Related Issues

      So now you have your rights back, what do you do with them? 

      • Lisa A. Alter, Esq., Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP
      • Robert H. Bienstock, Esq., Carlin America
      • C. Katherine Baron, Esq., Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP

      ReMixed and Mashed Up - Clearance and Royalty Streams 

      Advancements in recording technology and the increased popularity of dance and house music have catapulted DJs to the forefront of the music scene.  Remix and mashup versions of popular songs by well-known DJs are often listened to as much as or more than the original song.  For artists seeking to earn money from remixes and mashups, however, proper clearance and licensing is necessary to avoid copyright infringement for these derivative works.  This panel will explore the types of licensing agreements available to artists seeking to monetize remixes and mashups and ways to go about ensuring proper clearance is in place to avoid infringement.

      • Ken Freundlich, Esq., Legitmix 
      • Bob Barbiere, Dubset Media Holdings

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

      Ethics: CyberEthics

      • Donna Frosco, Esq., Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP

      Trends and the Outlook for Music Publishing and Master Catalog Transactions

      As streaming services gain traction and emerging technologies come into focus, many music industry professionals see both opportunity and cause for concern over the potential for future growth.  This panel of industry experts will discuss recent trends in catalog transactions as well as factors impacting the market for music publishing and master recording catalogs and what attorneys and valuation experts are recommending to their clients.

      • Doug Colton, Esq., Colton Entertainment Group (Moderator)
      • Nari MatsuuraPartner, Massarsky Consulting Inc.
      • Andrew Bergman, Esq., CEO & General Counsel,Downtown Music Publishing
      • Jason Pascal, Esq., VP/Catalog Development & Assoc. General Counsel, The Orchard
      4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.

      DOJ Decision and PROs

      The DOJ recently interpreted the consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI to require them to abandon decades of industry practice with respect to fractional licensing of songs, and require that each PRO license 100% songs only.  This panel will discuss the effect of that decision on the industry, what it means for songwriters publishers, the PROs themselves, as well as licensees.

      • Marc Jacobson, Esq., Marc Jacobson, P.C. (Moderator)
      • Monica CortonNext Decade Entertainment, Inc.
      • Paul M. Fakler, Esq., Arent Fox
      • Clara Kim, Esq., ASCAP
      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

    • November 30, 2016: Is This The Real Life? Virtual and Augmented Reality


      Wednesday, November 30, 2016
      6:00 PM - 8:45 PM Eastern Standard Time

      Cardozo Law School, Room 423 | 55 Fifth Avenue (at W. 12th Street) | New York, NY 10017

      Program: 6:00 p.m. -7:45 p.m.
      Networking Reception: 7:45 p.m. -8:45 p.m. 

      2.0 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice, This program is transitional and qualifies for newly-admitted attorneys 

      Pricing: EASL Members, MBBA and AABANY Members*: $25.00 | NYSBA Members: $60.00 | Non-NYSBA Members: $75.00 | Not and EASL Member? Join EASL Today for only $35 and save!


      The interconnected mediums of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are quite literally transporting users to new worlds. While both VR and AR are still coming to fruition in the market and in their many fields of application, questions are already arising that lawyers need to consider and be ready to answer. 
      • What exactly are VR and AR, and how do they differ? 
      • What does a standard agreement look like for a VR or AR production? 
      • What are key practical issues to keep in mind when producing and exhibiting work in VR and AR, 
      • How do these issue vary among fields of application (such as entertainment and medicine)? 
      At this program you will experience VR/AR content (Google Cardboards will be furnished*), as well as seek to answer these questions and more.  An expert panel of attorneys and VR/AR content creators will offer their complementary perspectives on the current legal and practical questions attending VR and AR production, providing key insight into these exciting and still-emerging new fields. 
      *To rececive a Google Cardboard you must be registered by Nov. 14th. Networking reception to follow. 
      Moderator:  Laura Godorecci, Esq.

      Robert J. deBrauwere, Esq.,
       Pryor Cashman, LLP
      Tallie Carter, Esq., The Tallie Carter Law Firm
      Nicholas Fortugno, Chief Creative Officer, Playmatics, LLC
      Karen Shaw Lorenzo, Esq., General Counsel, Tribeca Enterprises
      David Putrino, PhD, Director, Telemedicine and Virtual Rehabilitation, and Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Weill Cornell Medical College
      David Title, Chief Engagement Officer, Bravo Media, Inc., Nimble Division

      This program is Sponsored by the Diversity Committee of the Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section for the New York State Bar Association, Cardozo Entertainment Law Society, Metropolitan Black Bar Association and Asian American Bar Association of New York. 

      To register over the phone please contact the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452 | For more information contact Beth Gould at bgould@nsyba.org 

    • March 29 - March 30, 2017: Legal Aspects of Producing: An Inside Approach to Navigating the Theatrical World


      SAVE THE DATE!! 


      Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Thursday, March 30, 2017 
      5:30PM – 9:15PM (each night)

      For the sixth year, The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the New York State Bar Association, in collaboration with The Commercial Theater Institute (CTI), the industry's leading training program, will host an intensive 2-evening CLE seminar focusing on the roles that theatrical lawyers have in guiding both new and seasoned industry professionals through all of the stages and legal aspects of theater producing.  

      Led by the top entertainment lawyers in the business, the first evening will cover all of the basics including acquiring underlying rights, engaging the dramatists and preparing co-producer and investor offering documents. The second evening will focus on developmental productions, including enhancement agreements between commercial producers and not-for-profit theaters, as well as other agreements with key members of the creative team and licensing.  Then veterans in the field will discuss emerging trends and issues, provide case studies and help producers and entertainment counsel navigate through some of the most common (and some esoteric) pitfalls of the theater business. 

      For more information: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org

  • 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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