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CLE Schedule

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New Trends and Hot Topics in Music, Film and Interactive Contracts

Including…

Publishing, Copyrights and Trademarks Update

Other visual medias (TV, Video games, Internet, Advertising, etc.) & International Rights

The Cutting Edge aims to present a concise examination of the legal paperwork a practicing attorney or entertainment executive will use in protecting or enforcing the rights of their clients or understanding their professional responsibility.

August 29, 2015
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Ethics – Conflict of Interest [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

Lawyers are often in the position of representing more than one related party to a deal. How attorneys address these conflicts can make the difference between an actionable conflict and an ethically represented deal.

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM The Performance Right- a World in Transition Songs and Sound Recordings- the cornerstone of the worldwide music business [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs].

The Performance Right- responsible for a substantial portion of song and record royalties. This panel will discuss the 3 billion dollar world of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange and how these organizations generate income for songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies as well as how foreign country performance song and record royalties are handled and distributed. Challenges to these collection societies will also be discussed as well as alternative licensing strategies and the viability of new competing business models and entities.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Legal Practice: Successful Independent Filmmaking- Reality TV [Legal/Film/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

New Orleans has become a hub for the film and TV industry but what does that mean for an attorney and their independent filmmaker client. This panel will walk you through the process of maintaining communication with the filmmaker, the client funds management, making sure filmmaker/client engagement letter are correct. Review user generated content rights and procedures with filmmaker client. Establish a disbursement system for staff fees payment. Review production agreements tax credit financing incentives and distribution

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August 28, 2015
03:00 – 4:00 PM Publishing Income Update [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

What and where are the new sources of income for publishers and how should attorneys advise their clients to avail themselves of these sources. Areas covered include new mechanical streaming, download and locker rates, apps, e-cards, advertising commercials, remixes and samples, interactive dolls and toys, slot machines, digital jukeboxes, live performances and much more.

09:00 AM – 10:30 PM First Amendment Issues in Entertainment Litigation: Review of SLAPP cases and Anti-SLAPP Legislation [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Free speech and right to petition are key protections in First Amendment. This panel will cover limits and rights issues express in SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Participation) claims and what are states doing to protect all parties’ rights.

10:40 AM – 12:10 PM Music Licensing- New Deals, Negotiations and $ [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Opportunities for music use are at an all time high both in the online/ digital world as well as in traditional media. But with these opportunities has come an increasing complexity in deal structure, negotiations and the end result fees and royalties. This panel will discuss many of these new deals, the strategies being employed, the considerations important to both user and copyright owner, the multiple platforms and distribution channels being requested and the money in initial fees and backend royalties being generated.

02:00 PM – 2:45 PM Keynote Interview [Legal/CLE .75 cr. hrs]
04:00 PM – 4:15 Networking Break
04:15 PM – 6:00 PM A Film Deal in a Box Toolkit [Legal/Film/CLE 1.75 cr. hrs]

Filmmakers and Attorneys will draw from their experience and take the audience step by step on how a deal come together, acquisition of rights, option agreement, copyrights issues, the panel cover production, financing and distribution sources and agreements and problems that can change everything. Included in the discussion will be talent agreements and music rights.

06:00 PM - 8:00 Film Meetup/CellFone Film Event
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August 27, 2015
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM Professionalism – The Ornery Adversary [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

What do you do when the attorney on the other side is being unprofessional, or nasty, or simply impossible? What do you do when you have an adversary who stalls, doesn’t return calls, or simply delays matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you save a deal from going south?

Speakers:
 
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM “STOP! Don’t sign that contract” Pitfalls of Recording, Film and Management Agreements [Legal/CLE 1.75 cr. hr.]

A review of important negotiation techniques to help attorneys and music executives protect their clients and companies in a music world of visual medias (Film, TV, Advertising, Theatrical Trailers, Video Games, etc.). Covering essential clauses and transactional issues when considering Double Dipping/360 Deals/Revenue Sharing/Global Rights Deals/Double Distribution Fees.

02:00 PM – 3:00 PM Patents, Trademark, Copyright and Business Issues in making a deal for New Technology Entrepreneurs. [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

Videogames, apps and software developers – who are the parties, User-Generated Content ownership concerns and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

03:15 PM – 4:15 PM Damage Control: Representing Athletes and Celebrities in the Media, and the Courtroom [Legal/CLE1.0 cr. hr]

The discussion will center on the analysis of the legal issues representing athletes and entertainers in contract negotiation and when there is a crisis and representation is needed with the media and in the court room. The panel will also cover changes in legal business issues under various collective bargaining agreements.

04:30 PM – 5:45 PM Music and Beer: Getting Booked! Reviewing Booking Agreements to Protect Clients Rights in Content generated from LIVE Performances [1.25 cr. hrs]

Panelists will review important points in booking agreements covering digital content generated (YouTube, live CDs, etc.) and discuss the uses of content generated from performing in nightclubs, festivals and concert venues, the rights of the venue, the artist, and the record.

06:00 PM Networking Event
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CLE
03:00 – 4:00 PM Publishing Income Update [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

What and where are the new sources of income for publishers and how should attorneys advise their clients to avail themselves of these sources. Areas covered include new mechanical streaming, download and locker rates, apps, e-cards, advertising commercials, remixes and samples, interactive dolls and toys, slot machines, digital jukeboxes, live performances and much more.

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM Professionalism – The Ornery Adversary [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

What do you do when the attorney on the other side is being unprofessional, or nasty, or simply impossible? What do you do when you have an adversary who stalls, doesn’t return calls, or simply delays matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you save a deal from going south?

Speakers:
 
09:00 AM – 10:30 PM First Amendment Issues in Entertainment Litigation: Review of SLAPP cases and Anti-SLAPP Legislation [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Free speech and right to petition are key protections in First Amendment. This panel will cover limits and rights issues express in SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Participation) claims and what are states doing to protect all parties’ rights.

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Ethics – Conflict of Interest [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

Lawyers are often in the position of representing more than one related party to a deal. How attorneys address these conflicts can make the difference between an actionable conflict and an ethically represented deal.

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM “STOP! Don’t sign that contract” Pitfalls of Recording, Film and Management Agreements [Legal/CLE 1.75 cr. hr.]

A review of important negotiation techniques to help attorneys and music executives protect their clients and companies in a music world of visual medias (Film, TV, Advertising, Theatrical Trailers, Video Games, etc.). Covering essential clauses and transactional issues when considering Double Dipping/360 Deals/Revenue Sharing/Global Rights Deals/Double Distribution Fees.

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM The Performance Right- a World in Transition Songs and Sound Recordings- the cornerstone of the worldwide music business [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs].

The Performance Right- responsible for a substantial portion of song and record royalties. This panel will discuss the 3 billion dollar world of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange and how these organizations generate income for songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies as well as how foreign country performance song and record royalties are handled and distributed. Challenges to these collection societies will also be discussed as well as alternative licensing strategies and the viability of new competing business models and entities.

10:40 AM – 12:10 PM Music Licensing- New Deals, Negotiations and $ [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Opportunities for music use are at an all time high both in the online/ digital world as well as in traditional media. But with these opportunities has come an increasing complexity in deal structure, negotiations and the end result fees and royalties. This panel will discuss many of these new deals, the strategies being employed, the considerations important to both user and copyright owner, the multiple platforms and distribution channels being requested and the money in initial fees and backend royalties being generated.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Legal Practice: Successful Independent Filmmaking- Reality TV [Legal/Film/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

New Orleans has become a hub for the film and TV industry but what does that mean for an attorney and their independent filmmaker client. This panel will walk you through the process of maintaining communication with the filmmaker, the client funds management, making sure filmmaker/client engagement letter are correct. Review user generated content rights and procedures with filmmaker client. Establish a disbursement system for staff fees payment. Review production agreements tax credit financing incentives and distribution

02:00 PM – 3:00 PM Patents, Trademark, Copyright and Business Issues in making a deal for New Technology Entrepreneurs. [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

Videogames, apps and software developers – who are the parties, User-Generated Content ownership concerns and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

02:00 PM – 2:45 PM Keynote Interview [Legal/CLE .75 cr. hrs]
03:15 PM – 4:15 PM Damage Control: Representing Athletes and Celebrities in the Media, and the Courtroom [Legal/CLE1.0 cr. hr]

The discussion will center on the analysis of the legal issues representing athletes and entertainers in contract negotiation and when there is a crisis and representation is needed with the media and in the court room. The panel will also cover changes in legal business issues under various collective bargaining agreements.

04:00 PM – 4:15 Networking Break
04:15 PM – 6:00 PM A Film Deal in a Box Toolkit [Legal/Film/CLE 1.75 cr. hrs]

Filmmakers and Attorneys will draw from their experience and take the audience step by step on how a deal come together, acquisition of rights, option agreement, copyrights issues, the panel cover production, financing and distribution sources and agreements and problems that can change everything. Included in the discussion will be talent agreements and music rights.

04:30 PM – 5:45 PM Music and Beer: Getting Booked! Reviewing Booking Agreements to Protect Clients Rights in Content generated from LIVE Performances [1.25 cr. hrs]

Panelists will review important points in booking agreements covering digital content generated (YouTube, live CDs, etc.) and discuss the uses of content generated from performing in nightclubs, festivals and concert venues, the rights of the venue, the artist, and the record.

06:00 PM Networking Event
06:00 PM - 8:00 Film Meetup/CellFone Film Event
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