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Friday, March 20

11:00am CDT

CLE 1: Music Law Ethics in Motion
The rules of professional conduct apply to all lawyers. However, because of nuances from one practice area to another, the rules may have a disparate impact on entertainment lawyers. This panel will address issues and recent legal authority concerning confidentiality, attorney work product and privileged information, conflicts of interest, the overlapping roles of agents, managers and lawyers, engagement and retainer agreements, compensation structure for professional services, multi-jurisdictional practice, on-line related rules and the judicial authority to oversee lawyer behavior.

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Ken Abdo

Atty, Lommen Abdo PA
Ken Abdo is Chair of Lommen Abdo Law Firm’s Entertainment Law Department which has served as legal counsel to music, film, TV, theatre, literary publishing and media artists for 30 years. Clients include multiple Grammy® award recipients, gold and platinum recording artists, motion... Read More →

Yocel Alonso

Attorney & Counselor, AlonsoLaw

Friday March 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 9BC

12:30pm CDT

CLE 2: Licensing Made Difficult: Issues Clearing Music Rights
Licensing music is often a difficult exercise, even for professionals. At the same time, advances in digital distribution and production technology make it easy to participate in culture, including through the production of user-generated content and music mashups. Is it time to retool copyright? Solutions to make licensing music easier include registries, compulsory licenses, and voluntary collective licensing. The panel explores today’s music licensing challenges and the proposals to alleviate them, including the latest from the Copyright Office.

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Mark Avsec

Partner, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Mark E. Avsec is a partner and Vice-Chair of the Innovations, Information Technology & Intellectual Property Practice Group of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP. Mr. Avsec provides general legal support to various types of museums, technology, consumer products, media, music... Read More →
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Jeff Liebenson

Principal, Liebenson Law
Jeff Liebenson is President of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and a Principal of Liebenson Law in New York City.
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Tim Matson

Atty, Lommen Abdo PA
Tim Matson is a transactional lawyer, litigator and intellectual property attorney with over 20 years of experience representing musicians, filmmakers, media talent, writers, visual artists and other creators of artistic works in all aspects of their entertainment careers. Tim has... Read More →
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Christine Pepe

AVP Business & Legal Affairs, ASCAP
Christine Pepe is the AVP Business & Legal Affairs at the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), the nation's leading performing rights organization. At ASCAP, Ms. Pepe structures and negotiates a wide variety of license agreements with various music users, including... Read More →

Friday March 20, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 9BC

2:00pm CDT

CLE 3: Art Laws and Outlaws: Legal Issues in Music Graphics
This panel will take a look at the art used to promote and celebrate popular music, and the attendant legal issues and competing interests – the rights, possibilities, and pitfalls – confronting graphic artists, bands, and their representatives, concert promoters, collectors, dealers, and third-party licensees, and assignees.

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Dirk Fowler

Assoc Professor of Art, f2design
Dirk Fowler is an Associate Professor of Art at Texas Tech University and one half of “f2design”, a graphic design studio he operates with his wife Carol, in Lubbock, Texas. His unusually simple concert poster designs are printed using antique letterpress equipment. Most of his... Read More →
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Nels Jacobson

Assoc Professor of Art, Jagmo
Attorney and graphic artist Nels Jacobson has practiced in the areas of trademark, copyright, and entertainment law since 1996. He is licensed to practice in California, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas, and is registered as a patent attorney by the USPTO. He has done stints both as... Read More →

Friday March 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Room 9BC

3:30pm CDT

CLE 4: Unhappy Together - The Turtles with Sirius XM
In late 2014, federal courts in California and New York ruled against Sirius XM for refusing to pay royalties on their broadcasts of sound recordings made prior to 1972. These so-called “Flo & Eddie Cases” (because they were brought by the founding members of the rock group “The Turtles”) could result in a huge financial windfall for many heritage artists and their record companies. They also touch the third rail issue of performance royalties for sound recordings and how they are currently paid differently for interactive media (Spotify) versus non-interactive media (Pandora) versus terrestrial media (where they are not paid at all). The panel will look at these cases and their implications.

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Bob Donnelly

Atty, Lommen Abdo PA
Bob Donnelly has been a full-time music lawyer for 40 years. He has represented artists or managers of artists who have sold 300 million albums. His clients include members of the Rock and Roll and the Jazz Halls of Fame. Donnelly was given much of the credit for settling a case with... Read More →
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Steve Gordon

Atty, Steve Gordon Law
Steven R. Gordon (NYU Law 1981) is an entertainment attorney specializing in music, television, film and video. He also provides music and sample clearance services for producers and distributors of documentaries, feature films, TV shows, ad campaigns, concert videos, musical theater... Read More →
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Henry Gradstein

Atty, Gradstein & Marzano
Henry Gradstein has over 30 years of experience litigating and trying a wide variety of entertainment, intellectual property and complex business cases, including a top-ten jury verdict against PBS in California and numerous other multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. He... Read More →

Friday March 20, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 9BC
Saturday, March 21

11:00am CDT

CLE 5: Don't Ask/Don't Get: Advanced Contract Negotiations and Pitfalls
This panel will identify and tackle various pitfalls in advanced negotiations of key music industry contracts. It will break down recording artist/distribution agreements, management agreements, and producer/production agreements and identify those important areas that should not be overlooked. The panel will discuss these pitfalls from both the company and artist perspective.

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Paul Bezilla

Atty, Lommen Abdo PA
Paul Bezilla is a shareholder at Lommen Abdo Law Firm. For over 25 years, he has provided legal services for an array of high profile individuals and companies in the entertainment industry. His practice encompasses music, film, television, IP, technology, software and licensing... Read More →
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Amy E Mitchell

Ent Atty, Amy E Mitchell PLLC
Amy E. Mitchell is a transactional lawyer based in Austin, Texas, who practices entertainment law with a focus on music, television, and film law issues. She has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 2004 and represents emerging artists and entrepreneurs as well as established... Read More →
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Lynn Morrow

Atty, Adams and Reese LLP
Lynn Morrow joined Adams and Reese in 2001 to assist in the development of the firm’s Entertainment and New Media Practice Group. Lynn is the Partner in Charge of the firm's Nashville Music Row office. A former litigator in Southern California, Lynn moved to Nashville in 1992 to... Read More →

Saturday March 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 9BC

12:30pm CDT

CLE 6: Litigation: The Cases We Need to Know
This panel explores the practical impact of recent court rulings involving, among other essential topics, copyright co-ownership disputes, joint ventures between record labels, publicity rights in performance footage, attorney fees in music royalty disputes, talent discoverers’ rights in artists they find, and the costs for obtaining court injunctions in battles over band names. 

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D'Lesli Davis

Attorney, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
D'Lesli M. Davis Norton Rose Fulbright Dallas
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Stan Soocher

Assoc Professor, Music & Ent Industry Studies, University of Colorado Denver
Stan Soocher is the long-time Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Law & Finance and a tenured Associate Professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado’s Denver Campus. In addition, Stan is an entertainment attorney and, in November 2014, he received... Read More →

Saturday March 21, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 9BC

2:00pm CDT

CLE 7: Still Screaming About Streaming
Streaming services are hailed as the "saviors" of the music industry yet artists and songwriters are not so sure. What should their lawyers think?  In this session, the former General Counsel at the National Music Publishers Association, Pandora's counsel in its lawsuits vs. ASCAP and BMI, and Senior Counsel at SoundExchange square off for an examination of the current state of affairs for both artists, songwriters, publishers, labels, and music services in non-interactive streaming. 

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Brad Prendergast

Senior Counsel Licensing & Enforcement, SoundExchange
As Senior Counsel for Licensing & Enforcement, Brad helps music services that rely on the government’s statutory license (administered by SoundExchange) to fulfill their obligations under the law. That means making sure services pay royalties and report playlists accurately and... Read More →
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Jay Rosenthal

Partner, Jay Rosenthal Law LLC Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
Jay Rosenthal practices Entertainment/Copyright Law in Washington, D.C., specializing in public policy, transactional, and litigation matters. For the past seven years, Mr. Rosenthal served as Senior VP and General Counsel at the National Music Publishers’ Association. Prior to... Read More →
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John Simson

Atty, Lommen Abdo PA
John L. Simson has been involved in the music industry since his 1971 signing as a recording artist. His career has included stints as a manager: managing Grammy-winning artists; an entertainment lawyer: currently of-counsel to the firm, Lommen Abdo; an executive: assisting in the... Read More →
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Kenneth Steinthal

Atty, King & Spalding
Ken Steinthal is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice in King & Spalding’s San Francisco office. He litigates matters in the IP/media sector, before trial and appellate courts and copyright tribunals in the United States and internationally.

Saturday March 21, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Room 9BC

3:30pm CDT

CLE 8: The Challenging Future of Artist Representation
As the music economy changes, so too do the priorities for artist representatives. The new music order requires a different focus and creative efforts to develop, break, and sustain an artist career. The monetization of Artist talent, content and rights must be carefully negotiated and protected in transactions. Lawyers and managers in particular are tasked as professionals and fiduciaries to advise and make the right deals. This panel of lawyers and managers will identify and analyze the challenges and opportunities for artist (and their representatives’) careers.

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Ken Abdo

Atty, Lommen Abdo PA
Ken Abdo is Chair of Lommen Abdo Law Firm’s Entertainment Law Department which has served as legal counsel to music, film, TV, theatre, literary publishing and media artists for 30 years. Clients include multiple Grammy® award recipients, gold and platinum recording artists, motion... Read More →
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Kyle Frenette

Mgr, Middle West Inc
Kyle Frenette is co-founder and an acting artist manager at Middle West, an independent artist management firm with offices in Minneapolis, MN, Durham, NC and Brooklyn, NY.

Steve Hutton

Mgr, Uppercut Managment
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Dina LaPolt

Mgr, LaPolt Law PC
Dina LaPolt, Esq. is an attorney at LaPolt Law, P.C., a boutique transactional entertainment law firm in West Hollywood, California that specializes in representing creators, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, musicians, authors, writers, photographers, actors, and... Read More →

Edward Pierson

Attorney, Middle West Inc

Saturday March 21, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 9BC