October 16, 2014: New York State Bar Association Co-Hosts Seminar Highlighting Shifts In The Entertainment Industry

By Communications Department

October 16, 2014: New York State Bar Association Co-Hosts Seminar Highlighting Shifts In The Entertainment Industry

As technology rapidly transforms the how, when and where we consume entertainment, business models and application of copyright law continue to evolve and adapt. The New York State Bar Association and CMJ Music Marathon are offering well-timed guidance on how to navigate the ever-changing landscape.

On October 24, the State Bar Association’s Entertainment Arts & Sports Law (EASL) Section will co-host the Entertainment Business Law Seminar in New York City, featuring top industry professionals and legal experts.

David Lowery, a mathematician, writer, musician, producer and entrepreneur will deliver the keynote address.

The seminar program will be held Friday, October 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at New York University’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life, as part of the CMJ Music Marathon weeklong conference and festival.

“I am pleased that once again, the New York State Bar Association Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section is joining the CMJ team in making this seminar available to music and other entertainment industry professionals. We hope that our presentations of cutting-edge issues by top experts will ultimately benefit not only the wonderful performers at the CMJ marathon, but persons in all areas of the entertainment industry,” said Stephen B. Rodner of New York City (Pryor Cashman), chair of the EASL Section.

Topics of the forum will include: legislative developments; ethical issues and litigation strategies for the entertainment industry; counseling new film makers; the self- distributed artist; best practices for internship programs; cross border digital rights; marketplace for master recordings; and curation, aggregation and syndication of entertainment content.

Keynote speaker, David Lowery, who studied mathematics and computers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, founded the critically-acclaimed ensemble Camper Van Beethoven and associated record label Pitch-a-Tent Records. In doing so, he helped jump start the Indie Rock movement.

In 1991, Lowery co-founded Cracker, which produced five, top-ten alternative/rock radio tracks and three platinum albums. He also produced albums for The Counting Crows, Sparklehorse and other artists.  In 2007, Lowery became an advisor to the collective action website www.ThePoint.com. This later evolved into the social deals site www.Groupon.com. Recently, Lowery has been writing for www.thetrichordist.com, which examines artists’ rights in the digital age.

The deadline for online pre-registration is Wednesday, October 22. Participating attorneys who qualify will be eligible for up to 6 MCLE credits: 5 in professional practice and 1 in Ethics.

The seminar is being held in collaboration with the CMJ Music Marathon, an annual music festival that combines 80-plus conference events with more than 1,300 live artist performances, which will take place from October 21-25, 2014.

The State Bar’s Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section has more than 1,700 attorney members who represent varying interests within the entertainment, arts and sports industries.

The 75,000-New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the country. It was founded in 1876.


Contact information:

Beth Gould

Staff Liaison, NYSBA

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Lise Bang-Jensen

Director, Media Services, NYSBA

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