Entertainment & Technology Law Conference
9 – 9:30 AM
9:30 – 9:45 AM
9:45 – 11AM
Blurred Lines: A Discussion of Recent Music Copyright Infringement Case Law
Panel curated by AIMP
Are current infringement findings and jurisprudence substantially similar to pre-“Blurred Lines” cases? Our panel will take a look at the process of making and defending against infringement claims, what recent cases have found, and what changes, if any, practitioners and their clients need to change in their approaches to these cases.
Art Levy, The Levy Firm
Robert Clarida, Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
Judith Finell; Judith Finell MusicServices, Inc.
Eric Osterberg, Osterberg LLC
11:05AM – 12:20PM
Podcasts have been deemed as niche by some and the future by others, but it is undeniable that podcasts continue to make a major impact on the music industry. Over the past year, we’ve experienced a shift where they now take up significant real estate on major music streaming services, and terrestrial and satellite radio are presenting more of their programming in podcast form.
With annual revenues inching towards the billion-dollar milestone, can podcasting present a meaningful opportunity for the music industry? We will discuss the creative needs and, at times, counter-balancing legal and licensing challenges that inform how music and podcasting may succeed together.
Evan Parness, BMI
Richard Conlon, SoundExchange
Tom Mullen, Atlantic Records
Gabriel Fleet, Greenberg Traurig LLP
12:20 – 1:30PM
1:30 – 2:45PM
Navigating the Dimensions of Metadata
The rapid integration of technology into the music business has led to a great increase in the number of ways music can be created, distributed and consumed. Unfortunately, the quality of music metadata has not yet risen to a level that ensures accurate logging of the relevant parties responsible for the music we consume, ultimately making compensation for bringing this art to life a cumbersome and incomplete process. At the heart of this issue is transparency of data, which is logged throughout the process of writing, recording, producing and distributing a composition, and beyond. To address the issue of metadata transparency, this session will discuss how new technologies can help improve data accuracies. Our panelists will also discuss the relationship between how transparent music consumer data is versus how payments flow through a storefront or platform’s ecosystem.
Laurie Jakobsen, Jaybird Communications
Joe DeCanio, Backlash Solutions
Dick Huey, Jaxsta
Howie Singer, Universal Music Group
Brad Yuan, Songtrust
2:50 – 4:05PM
Charting The Future For the Stem Marketplace
Each song has dozens of component parts, or “stems,” such as vocal tracks, drum beats, and guitar riffs that have tremendous standalone value to diverse buyer segments, including DJs, TV, films, online video, radio, podcasts, ads, apps, and games. Despite the recent demand for stems, many questions remain — Who owns the rights? Which rights need clearances? Are there approval rights on derivative works? All these questions have complicated current deal structures. As the industry continues to work to answer these questions, join our panel of experts from the label, publisher and the legal communities as they provide a frontline look at the current stems landscape and their predictions about the future.
Gary Greenstein, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Bill Gagnon, Universal Music Group
Greg Norman, Sony Music
JJ Rosen, Splice
Mohnish Sani, Kobalt Music Group
4:10 – 5:25PM
Blurrier Lines: The Evolving and Confusing Landscape of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity in the Entertainment Industry
This discussion will explore the rapidly evolving legal landscape for the protection, use and sharing of customer data. We will discuss the inherent conflict between improving customer experience and risks to customer privacy. Preference data is the crown jewel of entertainment companies and drives content, but companies need to understand the obligation to protect sensitive and personal data under the onslaught of new regulations worldwide.
Barry Perlman, Ritholz Levy Fields LLP
Brittany Bacon, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Craig Besnoy, Besnoy Law PC
Katherine Lewis, Meister Seelig & Fein LLP
5:25 – 5:30PM