March 14-16, 2019 | Convergence Track

Continuing Legal Education Track sessions discuss legal perspectives on trends across the music, film and technology industries. Designed for US-based attorneys, entrepreneurs, and beyond – the track will include up to 12 hours of accredited sessions available at no extra cost to SX registrants.

CLE Sessions

“Music Modernization Act: Changing the Licensing Landscape” CLE session at SXSW 2018 - Photo by Scott Paxton

“Music Modernization Act: Changing the Licensing Landscape” CLE session at SXSW 2018 - Photo by Scott Paxton

About CLE Track


Delve into sessions covering hot button legal issues across the music, film and emerging technologies industries during CLE Track programming from March 14-16.

Check out previous CLE Track sessions including Cyber Extortion: Doing Business With Crooks, Music Modernization Act: Changing the Licensing Landscape, TV Goes OTT: Video Deals in an Age of Cord Cutters and more.

Browse 2019 speakers from the CLE Track below and explore all 25 Tracks of programming for the SXSW Conference.

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Program Director


Attorney Nels Jacobson has practiced in the areas of trademark, copyright, and entertainment law since 1996. He is licensed in California, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, and as a patent attorney. He has done stints with firms in San Francisco, Nashville, and Detroit, and was Assistant Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the UC-Berkeley School of Law. His law review article “Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp ba Bomp ba Bomp)? A Question of Authorship, Copyright, and Digital Sampling” won National Second Prize in ASCAP’s 1994 Nathan Burkan Competition. After graduating Order of the Coif, law review, and magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center, Nels served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, Circuit Judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was art director for SXSW during its first six years (1987-1992), and founded the SXSW CLE program in 1998.

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About the SXSW Conference


SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn, and network. Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of entertainment, culture, and technology, SX proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

Learn more about Keynotes, Featured Speakers, and Session Formats across the 25 Tracks of programming for the 2019 SXSW Conference.

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