Sunday, November 1, 2009

ELI Fall Legal Panel Series, Nov 4 in NYC

The Entertainment Law Initiative and Benjamin Cardozo School of Law Presents
"To Pay or Not to Pay"
A debate over the pending Broadcast Rights Bill

One of the most important pieces of pending legislation in the music and media space today concerns the obligations (or not) of over-the-air radio broadcasters to pay a performing rights royalty to copyright owners of master recordings in similar fashion to the royalty paid to music publishers for the underlying musical composition. The arguments on both sides have reached a fevered pitch as the artists and master rights owners argue that the U.S. is woefully out of step with the rest of the world in recognizing this right to earn from their work, while the broadcasters point out the value they add to each of such recordings through their promotional exposure for the artists each time they use valuable air time to play a record. Is there a right or wrong to this?

Featured Panelists:
Michael Reinert (moderator) - Executive Vice President Universal Motown records Group
Daryl Friedman - Vice President, Government Relations, The Recording Academy
Matt Gerson - Sr. Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations Universal Music Group
Richard Zaragoza - Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Additional Panelists TBD

WHEN:Wednesday November 4, 2009 7pm to 8:30pm (Reception to Follow)
WHERE: Benjamin Cardozo School of Law/Yeshiva University
55 Fifth Ave (at 12th Street), New York, NY

$50 per panel for general admission
Free for currently enrolled law students
(Please present valid student ID at check-in)

MCLE - Two hours of MCLE credit available per event
Registration Deadline: November 2, 2009

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