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Please note that Monday, May 15 consists of pre-convention meetings, digital service workshops, the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, and the Industry Jam 2. The full program will take place Tuesday, May 16  through Thursday, May 18.  

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Monday, May 15

10:00am CDT

Law Conference Opening Remarks

The Music Business Association is excited to bring its popular Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series back to Nashville during the Music Biz 2017 convention. Known for debating hot topics, this is a must-attend event for anyone who wants the opportunity to interact with industry advocates and influencers, and earn much-needed CLE credits at the same time.

Six (6) continuing legal education credits have been applied for through the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Lawyers based outside of Tennessee can apply for credits according to their state’s regulations and guidelines.

For more information about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series, please click here

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Nicole Hennessey

VP Communications, Music Business Association

Monday May 15, 2017 10:00am - 10:10am CDT
Music City Ballroom

10:10am CDT

The DMCA, YouTube & You: Charting the Future of Music Online

For more information about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series, please click here

YouTube recently announced that it has issued more than $1 billion in advertising payments to record labels and artists for the use of music over the past twelve months. At the same time, however, numerous industry observers continue to question whether YouTube is doing enough to compensate the rightsholders for the use of their content and to protect copyright holders from piracy.  Just a few months ago, more than 200 recording artists and key industry figures, including Irving Azoff, Taylor Swift and U2, signed an open letter to Congress to decry the rampant exploitation of their work for profit by entities such as YouTube and to call for a re-examination of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the 1998 law that governs infringement liability for internet service providers.

This panel will also examine the history of the DMCA, the operation of its safe-harbor, takedown and liability regime and the critiques of its operation from the point of view of content creators, owners, users and internet service providers. In the process, the panel seeks to provide direction on navigating the DMCA’s murky waters, an understanding of various problems with the current law and an overview of the debate surrounding its reform. The panel will be of particular interest to artists and entities whose works are distributed and infringed upon online and will also provide guidance on digital rights management issues and best practices for developers and operators of online entities making use of “user-generated content.”

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John Tehranian

Founding Partner, One LLP
John Tehranian is founding partner of One LLP, a 35-attorney intellectual property and entertainment firm with offices in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach and Del Mar. In his practice, he has litigated numerous high-profile lawsuits, including copyright, trademark and right of publicity... Read More →

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Chris Harrison

CEO, Digital Media Association (DiMA)
Chris Harrison is the Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Media Association, which represents the legal and policy interests of leading online distributors of digital music, movies and books including Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Napster, Pandora, and Spotify. Prior to his... Read More →
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Don Nottingham

Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer and Attorney, Straight No Chaser
Don Nottingham is a former attorney and a professional a cappella singer. Nottingham has worked as a trial attorney, where he distinguished himself with his dramatic and engaging courtroom style. However, in 2010, he made the decision to leave the law and rejoin his college a cappella... Read More →

Monday May 15, 2017 10:10am - 11:40am CDT
Music City Ballroom

11:45am CDT

Music Policies During the Trump Era
For more information about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series, please click here

Considering that the positions of the Trump administration on copyright and royalty issues are largely unknown as he takes the highest office, this discussion between PROs, politicians and industry professionals will shed some light on what the industry might look for from them moving forward. The panel would address the possible Trump perspective on hot button issues such as the status of the PRO consent decrees, streaming royalty rates and the royalty courts, Fair Play Fair Pay, copyright act revisions, and more. 

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John Beiter

Partner, Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC
John Beiter is a partner in the Nashville office of Leavens Strand & Glover, practicing entertainment and intellectual property law. Beiter has represented a diverse array of clients, from recording artists and producers, record companies, songwriters and music publishers, to documentary... Read More →

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Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman, 7th District of Tennessee
As a small business woman, author, mother, grandmother, and Member of Congress, Marsha Blackburn has dedicated her service to making America a more prosperous place to live. Whether it is was leading the fight to defeat the proposed state income tax during her time in the Tennessee... Read More →
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Jacqueline Charlesworth

Attorney, Covington & Burling, LLP
Jacqueline Charlesworth is Of Counsel at the law firm Covington & Burling, where she practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on music copyright issues. Before joining Covington’s New York office, she served as General Counsel & Associate Register of Copyrights at the... Read More →
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Todd Dupler

Sr. Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, The Recording Academy/The GRAMMYs
Todd Dupler is the Sr. Director of Advocacy & Public Policy for The Recording Academy. In this role, Dupler works with Academy leadership to develop policy positions on issues affecting the music community, and represents the interests of the Academy’s 24,000 members before Congress... Read More →
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Dennis Lord

Exec. VP of Creative and Business Affairs, SESAC
Dennis Lord is Exec. VP of Creative and Business Affairs at SESAC Inc., where he oversees the company’s creative and business functions. During his 20 years with SESAC, Lord has managed some of the organization’s most prominent signings to include Zac Brown, composers Randy Newman... Read More →
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Julia Massimino

VP of Global Public Policy, SoundExchange
Julia Massimino is the VP of Global Public Policy for SoundExchange. Responsible for leading the organization’s public policy and government affairs activities, Massimino supervises legislative advocacy and guides overall policy strategy. Prior to joining SoundExchange, Massimino... Read More →

Monday May 15, 2017 11:45am - 1:00pm CDT
Music City Ballroom

2:00pm CDT

Reclaim Your Copyright!
For more information about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series, please click here

Organized by MusicRowSearch

Reclaim Your Copyright: After 35 years, if you follow the rules, copyrights you've signed away can be returned to you, or your family. Simplify otherwise complex issues, watch experts absorb uncertainty about the process. All sides explored, including how to deal with such requests when you receive one. Everyone involved with copyright needs to know how to handle terminations, recaptures, reversions. 

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Jim Griffin

Managing Director, OneHouse
Jim Griffin is the Managing Director of OneHouse, a company dedicated to the digital delivery of art and its monetization. Griffin is also a professor at NoVa College in Sterling, VA where he teaches music copyright law. He previously ran The Pho List for almost two decades; ran Cherry... Read More →

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Duff Berschback

Senior VP of Legal Affairs & Business Development, Sony/ATV Nashville
Duff Berschback is Senior VP of Legal Affairs and Business Development at Sony/ATV Nashville. In this role, he is responsible for legal and financial due diligence and negotiating and closing all agreements, including songwriter contracts and acquisitions. Berschback also oversees... Read More →
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George Howard

Associate Professor of Management, Berklee College of Music
George Howard is the Co-Founder of Music 2020, a non-profit working to create a more utilitarian music industry. Additionally, Howard is the Co-Founder of Music Audience Exchange, which uses technology to redefine the fundamental structure of brand-artist relationships. He is an also... Read More →
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Linda Edell Howard

Partner, Adams & Reese LLP
Linda Edell Howard is a Partner with Adams and Reese LLP and Team Leader of the firm’s Entertainment and New Media practice group. In this role, she leads the firm’s practice with emerging technology businesses, entertainment-related professionals, intellectual property rights... Read More →
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Daniel Novick

Attorney, Savur Threadgold, LLP
Prior to passing the California, New York, and Tennessee bar exams by the age of 26, entertainment attorney Daniel Novick already had a decade of experience as a recording and performing artist, songwriter, and music business entrepreneur. Novick now manages Savur Threadgold, LLP’s... Read More →
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Eddie Schwartz

Co-Chair/President Emeritus, Music Creators North America/Songwriters Association of Canada
Eddie Schwartz is best known for writing such classic hit songs as "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" recorded by Pat Benatar, "Don't Shed A Tear" by Paul Carrack, and "The Doctor" by the Doobie Brothers, as well as some 200 songs recorded and performed by artists such as Joe Cocker, Carly... Read More →

Monday May 15, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Music City Ballroom

3:40pm CDT

Developments in Copyright: The Year in Review
For more information about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series, please click here

The legal landscape impacting the music business is continually shifting, moving forward in some regards, and backwards in others. This panel will examine important developments from the past year with respect to music and copyright, including the Songwriter Equity Act and other proposed legislation, cases involving sound recordings created before February 15, 1972, the DOJ consent decrees and fractional licensing, compulsory licenses under sections 114 and 115 of the copyright law, RMLC litigation and others. 

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Serona Elton

Associate Dean and Professor, University of Miami
Serona Elton is a professor, the Associate Dean of Administration, and the Director of the Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She also serves as Head of Education Partnerships for The Mechanical Licensing Collective... Read More →

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Joe DiMona

Vice President, Legal Affairs, BMI
Joe DiMona is VP of Legal Affairs at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). DiMona has handled a wide range of matters for BMI for over 20 years, including license fee litigation before the BMI rate court in the Southern District of New York, the negotiation and drafting of music performance... Read More →
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Gary Greenstein

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Gary Greenstein is a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on intellectual property, licensing, and commercial transactions. He regularly represents a wide range of technology companies in licensing transactions with... Read More →
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John Simson

Of Counsel / Executive-in-Residence & Program Director for the Business and Entertainment Program Department of Management, Fox Rothschild / American University
John L. Simson is a practicing entertainment lawyer and is currently of counsel to the firm Fox Rothschild. He has been involved in the music industry since his 1971 signing as a recording artist. His career has included stints as a manager; an entertainment lawyer; an executive... Read More →

Monday May 15, 2017 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Music City Ballroom

4:50pm CDT

Weighing the Options: A Mock Negotiation Evaluating and Comparing Modern Record Deals
For more information about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series, please click here

With so many different types of innovative deals emerging with respect to master rights, how do you know what's the best option for you or your artist? This panel plays out the scenario of an artist considering two different offers for their latest EP: a net profit split / joint venture vs. a master rights administration / license agreement.

From the initial meeting between the artist's manager and attorney to the artist's attorney negotiating and evaluating the deal terms with each of the companies offering the deals, this presentation will give an in depth look into the pros and cons of different types of modern record deals and explore how these agreements have innovated and pivoted from traditional models. Learn what to look for in different types of agreements, understand what deal terms and business offerings matter most, and get a better sense of what modern record deals can look like.

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Adam Ritholz

Founding and Managing Partner, Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP
Adam Ritholz is Founding and Managing Partner of Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP, originally established in 1995. Ritholz’s practice consists of the representation of both individuals and new entrepreneurial and established companies in the fields of entertainment, media... Read More →
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Jennifer Newman Sharpe

General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs, ONErpm
Jennifer Newman Sharpe currently works as General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs for ONErpm, a leading digital distribution and artist services company and one of the largest YouTube MCNs in the world. She is an entertainment, intellectual property, and transactional business... Read More →
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Monika Tashman

Partner, Mannatt Entertainment
Monika Tashman is a Partner at Manatt Entertainment, based in the firm’s New York City office. With a broad-based practice spanning over 25 years in the music and entertainment industries, she advises and provides creative, pragmatic solutions for clients at the intersection of... Read More →
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Kos Weaver

Exec. VP, BMG
Kos Weaver brings nearly 30 years of experience to his role overseeing Nashville operations for both BMG Publishing & Records with a roster that includes Alabama, Brett Beavers, busbee, Clare Dunn, Danny Gokey, Hillary Lindsey, Buddy Miller, JD Souther and John Paul White.  His management... Read More →

Monday May 15, 2017 4:50pm - 6:00pm CDT
Music City Ballroom