SXSW

Legal Issues in the Music, Film and Emerging Technology Industries

South by Southwest (SXSW)® — the renowned conference and festivals celebrating the interactive, film and music industries — launched in 1987 in Austin, TX as a forum to help creative people achieve their goals. Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s ahead in the worlds of entertainment, culture and technology, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people converge.

In conjunction with SXSW, Fox Rothschild presents 12 CLE sessions for music, film and interactive professionals, featuring panelists who provide legal perspectives and insights on industry trends. The programs offer up to four hours of CLE credit on film and interactive issues and eight hours of credit on music (includes one hour of ethics).

Program Co-Chairs: 

KEN ABDO
Fox Rothschild LLP
Minneapolis, MN

NELS JACOBSON
Law Office of Nels Jacobson
Detroit, MI

Program Coordinator: Theresa Abdo Whelan, Fox Rothschild LLP

Browse the 2017 confirmed sessions below.


Trade Secret Protection and Cybersecurity Risks

MARCH 16, 2017 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Protecting the “secret sauce” against theft from internal and external vulnerabilities and forces has been an issue for businesses of all stages for centuries. In the Digital Age, the risks are greater and the stakes are higher than ever before. Recent innovations in U.S. law and cybersecurity are designed to make a difference. This session will focus on the critical legal and technological steps businesses should be taking now to ensure that their most valuable trade secrets and innovations are legally and technologically protected from inside and outside risks.

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Speakers

ADAM GISLASON
Fox Rothschild LLP
Minneapolis, MN

RYAN TABLOFF
Avantgarde Partners
San Francisco, CA


Sex Tech and Law: Virtual Reality to Revenge Porn

MARCH 16, 2017 | 12:30 – 1:30PM

Like all online, content-driven companies, pornography businesses have had to adapt their business models in order to combat internet piracy, limit liability associated with user generated content, and remain in compliance with state and federal statutes. This session will highlight new pornography platforms and their respective methods of digital distribution. It will also cover software and other technology used to enforce pornography businesses’ intellectual property rights. A portion of the presentation will be devoted to the “business” of revenge porn.

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Speakers

DALIAH SAPER
Saper Law
Chicago, IL

ENRICO SCHAEFER
Traverse Legal, PLC
Traverse City, MI


A New Negotiation: Social Media and Talent Agreements

MARCH 16, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:00PM

Social media has affected how attorneys represent actors, writers, directors and producers today. Studios, networks and other financiers are increasingly requiring talent to utilize social media to promote their projects. This session will examine issues surrounding these expanding requirements, whether they are in fact contractual or just "highly encouraged" by the studio or network executives. Also explored will be ways the talent can create win-win situations by promoting projects and simultaneously growing their own social media platforms.

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Speakers

MARK JOHNSON
Behr Abramson Levy, LLP
Beverly Hills, CA

APRIL PERRONI
Paradigm Talent Agency
Beverly Hills, CA


Building Brands in Film & Television Is The New Normal

MARCH 16, 2017 | 3:30 – 4:30PM

For years, the concept of “branded entertainment” or having a “brand” that could be commercially exploited to generate profits was confined to major corporate entertainment companies like studios and networks. Today, content creators and businesses with the next hot new project are defining and leveraging brands to maximize profits. This presentation will address deal-making with businesses and multi-hyphenate celebrities who are co-branding products and services, leveraging their brands and getting ownership, not just profits, in business ventures.

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Speaker

JODY SIMON
Fox Rothschild LLP
Los Angeles, CA


Copyright Infringement: Get a Hit, Get a Writ

MARCH 17, 2017 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Copyright infringement cases are proliferating. The legal basis and motivations (both artistic and financial) underlying high-profile infringement cases will be analyzed during this session.

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Speaker

STAN SOOCHER
University of Colorado
Denver, CO


Death, Taxes and Legacy Management

MARCH 17, 2017 | 12:30 – 1:30PM

Perhaps there are three sure things in an artist’s life: death, estate taxes and the need to protect the artist’s legacy. As iconic artists age, the need to prepare for these inevitabilities is in sharp focus. Estate planning, taxes and legacy management will be addressed in this session.

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Speakers

KEN ABDO
(Moderator)
Fox Rothschild LLP
Minneapolis, MN

DAVID BYRNES
Ziffren Brittenham, LLP
Los Angeles, CA

ASHLEY AUSTIN
Artist Legacy Group/
Sony Music Entertainment
New York, NY

DAVID GIVEN
Phillips, Erlewine,
Given & Carlin LLP
San Francisco, CA


New Adventures in Music Transactions

MARCH 17, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:00PM

Music deals continue to evolve with technology. Traditional contracts are morphing with new terminology and concepts. Royalty streams from streaming and sales scales are changing daily. This panel will endevour to explain the latest and greatest contractual deal wrangling and language to capture these developments.

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Speakers

JASON BOYARSKI
Boyarski Fritz LLP
New York, NY

LYNN MORROW
(Moderator)
Adams and Reese LLP
Nashville, TN

TIM MANDELBAUM
Fox Rothschild LLP
New York, NY


Music Law and Policy in DC
(in cooperation with The Recording Academy®)

MARCH 17, 2017 | 3:30 – 4:30PM

The debate over copyright reform, the future of the Copyright Office, and other legislative initiatives that will affect the music business continue under a new Congress and a new administration. This session will provide a perspective on lawmaking and policy from within the Capitol’s crystal ball.

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Speaker

KARYN TEMPLE CLAGGETT
U.S. Copyright Office,
Library of Congress
Washington, DC

JASON EVERETT
House Committee on the Judiciary
Washington, DC

TODD DUPLER
The Recording Academy
Washington, DC
 

JOE KEELEY
House Judiciary Chairman
Bob Goodlatte
Washington, DC


Ethics Matter
(in cooperation with the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries)

MARCH 18, 2017 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM

The rules of professional conduct provide the guide to maintaining or losing a license to practice law. They apply to all lawyers and all practices. Entertainment lawyers, in particular, are under ever greater scrutiny as the rules are applied to the fast moving and unconventional entertainment industry. This panel of lawyers who have learned the ropes will remind all how not to get hung.

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Speakers

PETER STRAND
(Moderator)
Leavens, Strand &
Glover, LLC
Chicago, IL

LAWRENCE WAKS
Wilson Elser Moskowitz
Edelman & Dicker LLP
Dallas, TX

WALLACE JEFFERSON
Alexander Dubose Jefferson
& Townsend LLP
Austin, TX


Making Music TV Beyond Television

MARCH 18, 2017 | 12:30 – 1:30PM

Original content for TV is being produced on cable and web broadcast outlets like never before. Whether series, concert, award-event, music video or lifestyle-based, music continues to find its way to the small (and ever-smaller) screens. The structure, rights clearances and economics of some of the best branded-content shows will be discussed by lawyers who help with the production of these shows.

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Speakers

AMY E. MITCHELL
(Moderator)
Amy E. Mitchell, PLLC
Austin, TX

LYNN QUARTERMAN
Lapidus, Root & Sacharow, LLP
Santa Monica, CA

GABRIEL FLEET
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Atlanta, GA


European Music Law Essentials
(in cooperation with the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers)

MARCH 18, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:00PM

Entertainment is a global industry, and Europe still counts. If an American performer intends to break in Europe, or crossover to Europe, there is essential legal knowledge required. During this session, European lawyers will offer valuable insights on the important legal realities of entertainment law and business across the "pond" and beyond.

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Speakers

JEFFREY LIEBENSON
(Moderator)
Liebenson Law
New York, NY

ADAM RENDLE
Taylor Wessing
London, UK
 

SOPHIE GOOSSENS
August Debouzy
London, UK
 

MASSIMO TRAVOSTINO
Studio Legale Pecoraro-Travostino
Torino, Italy


Developments in Music Publishing: Lemons Or Lemonade?

MARCH 18, 2017 | 3:30 – 4:30PM

The last year in music publishing has seen some terrific highs (e.g. the NMPA/YouTube settlement) and some disappointing lows (e.g. the DOJ’s ruling on the 100 percent licensing issue). It’s an industry on the verge of significant change as companies like SESAC and Global Rights Management expand the traditional role of performing rights organizations. In this panel discussion, the settlements, judicial decisions, litigation and policy initiatives of the year’s biggest developments will be discussed.

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Speakers

BOB DONNELLY
(Moderator)
Fox Rothschild LLP
New York, NY

DENNIS LORD
SESAC INC.
Nashville, TN

LORI LANDEW
Fox Rothschild LLP
Philadelphia, PA

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This program has been accredited by the State Bar of Texas and the Tennessee Commission on CLE and Specialization. Accreditation has been applied for with the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education. It is possible that other states will honor hours accredited by one or more of these states.

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