Join key leaders in a day-long entertainment law symposium as they discuss how legal practitioners can best address client needs in this volatile era transformed by the rapid convergence of technology, shifting business models, compliance and regulatory protocols and ever-changing trends within the marketplace.
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, October 18, 2019
7:15 AM MONDO REGISTRATION
7:45 AM MORNING SIGN-IN & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST PRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK
8:35 AM-8:45 AM WELCOMING REMARKS & PROGRAM INTRODUCTION
8:45 AM-10:00 AM
So Now What? The Music Modernization Act in Practice and its Effects on Music Assets
The Music Modernization Act – the first change to the U.S. Copyright Act in twenty years – is being heralded by the Recording Industry Association of America as “moving us towards a modern music licensing landscape better founded on fair market rates and fair pay for all.” But who are the winners and losers, and what is the impact of the MMA as a practical matter? This panel will begin with a 15-minute overview of music licensing, then proceed to a focused discussion on implementation of the MMA, including its impact on streaming licenses and the noncommercial use exception to unauthorized uses of pre-1972 sound recordings. Join us in examining how rights holders, music licensees, and their lawyers can best prepare for the changing music landscape and the impacts the MMA will have on the value of music assets.
Moderator: Heather Rafter, Principal, RafterMarsh
Panelists: Jeff Leven, Co-Managing Partner, Davis Shapiro Lewit Grabel Leven Granderson & Blake LLP
Barry Massarsky, President, Massarsky Consulting
Frank P. Scibilia, Co-Chair, Copyright and Digital Media Practice Groups, Pryor Cashman
10:10 AM-11:10 AM
Being Smart about Artificial Intelligence — from Content Creation to Creative Marketing in the Music and Entertainment Industries
We’ll explore the myriad ways AI impacts the music and entertainment industries, from recommendation engines to hyper-targeted marketing and distribution, to using AI to create content directly. The panel will also cover how to counsel clients on the legal and regulatory implications of employing AI-powered products and services.
Moderator: Toby Butterfield, Partner, Moses & Singer LLP
Panelists: Luke Budiardjo, Judicial Law Clerk for Judge Pierre N. Leval, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
John Keefe, Technical Architect, Bots & Machine Learning (Quartz)
Pascal Pilon, CEO, LANDR
Candice Cook Simmons, Managing Partner, The Cook Law Group, PLLC
11:20 AM-12:20 PM
Music Financing Alternatives
The music business isn’t cheap. Many labels, publishers, songwriters and artists are looking for new options when it comes to financing expansion, touring, acquisitions and other capital-intensive projects. When traditional advances or an outright sale of a catalog or company are not viable, are there other choices available? This panel will examine alternative sources of financing now becoming available in the marketplace, including the benefits and risks associated with these alternatives.
Moderator: Michael Poster, Partner, Michelman & Robinson, LLP
Panelists: Jeff Bronikowski, Head of Innovation & Senior Vice President, Business Development, Warner Music Group
Will Griggs, CSO, HIFI
Andy Moats, Executive Vice-President, Director of Music, Sports, & Entertainment, Pinnacle Financial Partners
Rik Willard, Founder & Managing Director, Agentic Group
12:20 PM-1:30 PM
Luncheon Presented by City National Bank
CLE Keynote, David Israelite
President & CEO, National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA)
Mr. Israelite is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the NMPA’s operations, from legal strategy and implementation to government affairs and advocacy. His tenure to date has produced landmark legal successes on behalf of publishers, groundbreaking industry collaboration in royalty rate agreements and raised the profile of the publishing community within the music industry. We welcome him as Keynote Speaker of the Mondo 2019 CLE Music & Tech Law Symposium.
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Collapse of a Platform: Understanding your Rights in the Aftermath
Following the high-profile collapse of several concert festivals (notably, Fyre and Woodstock 50) and at least one music-oriented crowdfunding platform (PledgeMusic), there is often uncertainty and confusion regarding the rights of anyone who either paid funds in advance (whether as a funding source, a sponsor, a ticketholder or otherwise) as well as those who may be legally entitled to get paid. This panel will discuss the rights and remedies of these parties, and what legal and practical steps you can take in the future to protect yourself.
2:40 PM-3:40 PM
A Playlist Curated by Who??? Harnessing the Power of Influencer Relationships and Navigating the Regulatory Risks
This panel will discuss practice tips in engaging influencers, particularly how to balance maximizing those relationships with regulatory requirements. It will also address the increasing regulatory scrutiny of social media platforms and evolving public opinion on influencer marketing and who bears responsibility for what they spotlight and endorse.
Moderator: Adrian J. Perry, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Panelists: Josh Berman, SVP, Streaming & Digital Marketing, Concord
Micaela McMurrough, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Nikki Rechtszaid, Social Media Influencer & Songwriter
Adam Solomon, Partner, Michelman & Robinson, LLP
3:50 PM-4:50 PM
View from the Inside: Issues Facing In-house Counsel
As the music industry transforms and grows, so must in-house counsel learn to adapt to the rapidly shifting landscape. With issues ranging from copyright to contracts, from legislation to litigation, and from commercial matters to #MeToo, today’s in-house counsel have more issues than ever which require their attention. The panel will discuss how they are addressing and managing this range of issues, including working with industry groups and outside counsel, and how they manage to keep an eye on everything.
Moderator: Jacob D. Albertson, Associate, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Panelists: Aileen Atkins, Director and Associate General Counsel, Global Head of Music, Facebook Sarah Griggs, Director of Business & Legal Affairs, 1091
Peter Rosenthal, General Counsel, Downtown Music Holdings
Erika Stallings, BMI
4:50 PM-4:55 PM CONCLUSION, FINAL REMARKS & ANNOUNCEMENTS