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Entertainment & Technology Law Conference - NYC

Music Business Association

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

Entertainment & Technology Law Conference - NYC

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Member Ended $179.00 $4.57
Non-member Ended $229.00 $5.57
Student Ended $49.00 $1.97

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Four credits will be applied for through the New York State CLE Board. Once approved by the Board, registrants will be made aware via email. 


1-1:15 PM

  • James Donio, Music Biz

1:15 - 2:15 PM
Streamers Unite!  How Recordings, Retail And Radio Are Combining Into New Business Models

A tour of the fast-evolving business and legal landscape in the online combination of radio, retail, and recordings that is today's consumer-driven recorded music industry.  This will be a state-of-the-art tour of the different business and licensing and revenue models. We will examine which models are based on private business negotiations, which are based on statutory licensing, and what new combinations arise.

  • Moderator: Corey Field, Ballard Spahr
  • Gary Greenstein, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • David Levin, BMI
  • Jason Pascal, The Orchard 


2:15 - 3:15 PM
All-in Digital Music Licensing — Facts, Figures and Four-letter Words – Finding a Fix?

Everyone knows how complex the digital music business is from a licensing standpoint.  It’s the reason half of us here still have incomes.  But does it need to be so complicated?  Why are there different entities representing the same copyright for uses that in the digital realm are either converging, have been deemed converged for all practical licensing purposes, and/or with respect to which millions of dollars are being spent among parties litigating for clarity that may be obsolete or irrelevant.  Why isn’t there a simpler structure for innovators looking to expand the nature and appeal of music consumption, rather than having to wade through technical complexities just to negotiate basic rates that could easily be far more standardized?  Has white label service provision really enabled efficient deal-making, or is it inhibiting services from obtaining necessary rights because of the imposition of a “neutral”, but unempowered, middleman?  What’s the downside to a more uniform structure and streamlined process?  Don’t copyright owners AND consumers both lose as things stand today?  Is there a productive path for progress?

  • Moderator: Aileen Atkins, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard
  • Michael Abitbol, Sony ATV
  • Darryl Franklin, Disney Music Group
  • Jason Pascal, The Orchard
  • Bobby Rosenbloum, Greenberg Traurig


3:15 - 3:30 PM

3:30 - 4:30 PM
Licensing And Royalty Payments From The Artists’ Perspective

There is much discussion in the news about how artists and songwriters are getting paid unfair royalty rates from digital services. Per a recent tweet from Bette Midler, “@Spotify and @Pandora have made it impossible for songwriters to earn a living: three months streaming on Pandora, 4,175,149 plays = $114.11.” This panel will explore the current status of music rights licensing and royalty payments from the perspective of the content owners — the artist, songwriter, record label and music publisher — and explore how payments from each of the digital music service types — streaming services, webcasting services, cloud, etc. — get disbursed to each of the participants. Our speakers will discuss the calculation of streaming royalties, mechanical royalties and public performance royalties blanket synchronization fees and other current business practices.

  • Moderator: Cindy Charles, Cindy Charles Consulting
  • Jennifer Blakeman, Atlas Music Publishing
  • Monika Tashman, Fox Rothschild, LLP
  • Judy Tint, Counselor at Law

4:30 - 5:30 PM
Staying Current: Multi-Channel Networks and Learning the Deals

Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs) are becoming increasingly important to so many artists and content owners to optimize and manage content, as well as maximize revenue. They help artists and content owners to create businesses of their own, giving access to  essential partnerships and providing fundamental guidance in the music business. But, do attorneys know truly how they work, what the deals look like and the future of this growing part of the industry? Join our expert panelists as they discuss MCNs – how they aid with funding, bring cross-promotional opportunities, provide multi-territorial rights management, develop brand campaigns (and creation of custom content for brands), maximize CPM value, and develop audiences. We’ll explore where the MCN industry is going, as well as the newest monetization methods outside of YouTube. Crucial to the practicing entertainment attorney, the panel will address MCN agreements, discussing deal points between an MCN and content owner, as well as the varying degrees of relationships MCNs have in its partnerships.

  • Moderator: Neeta Ragoowansi, Law Office of Neeta Ragoowansi
  • Waleed Diab, Google
  • Brandon Martinez, IndMusic
  • Jonathan Pardo, Free Association Management
  • Max Verrelli, Blackheart Records Group

Financial aid scholarships are available to students and unemployed legal professionals. Please contact Pat Daly ( for more information. 

Have questions about Entertainment & Technology Law Conference - NYC? Contact Music Business Association

When & Where

Greenberg Traurig
MetLife Building
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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Music Business Association

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is a non-profit membership organization that advances and promotes music commerce — a community committed to the full spectrum of monetization models in the industry. We provide common ground by offering thought leadership, resources and unparalleled networking opportunities, all geared to the specific needs of our membership.

By leveraging the legacy of the former National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and its hub for digital initiatives,, Music Biz brings a unique perspective and valuable insight into the trends and changes that innovation brings.

Today, we put our collective experience to work across the entire range of delivery models: physical, digital, mobile, and more. From content to consumption, Music Biz and its members are committed to building the future of music commerce — together.

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