CLE Materials

Designed for attorneys, entrepreneurs, C-level executives, and more, the Continuing Legal Education Track at SXSW discusses legal perspectives on hot-button issues across the music, film and emerging technologies industries. From March 15-17 explore CLE programming at the Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon C and receive up to 12 hours of continuing education credit during accredited sessions at no extra cost for SXSW registrants. Learn more about our Program Chair: Nels Jacobson.

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Below you will find supporting materials for each CLE panel at SXSW 2018.

Thursday, March 15

Offscreen Behavior Matters: Morals Clauses for Performers

11:00-12:00

Speakers: Amy E. Mitchell (Amy E. Mitchell PLLC), Sally Helppie (Vincent Serafino Geary Waddell Jenevein, P.C.)

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Cyber Extortion: Doing Business With Crooks

12:30-1:30

Speakers: Bart Huffman (Reed Smith LLP), Wendell Bartnick (Reed Smith LLP,) Elizabeth (Lizzie) Cookson (Kivu Consulting, Inc.), and Ben Stone (FBI)

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To Get or Not To Get: Life Rights for Non-Fiction Films

2:00-3:00

Speakers: Lisa Callif (Donaldson + Callif), Lincoln Bandlow (Fox Rothschild LLP) Dean Cheley (Donaldson + Callif, LLP), and Megan Gilbride (Producer)

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TV Goes OTT: Video Deals in an Age of Cord Cutters

3:30-4:30

Speakers: Matt Heckman (Twitter, Inc.), Gabriel Fleet (Greenberg Traurig, LLP), J. Christopher Hamilton (The Black Group), Tonya Rutherford (Verizon FiOS TV and go90), and Michelle Skinner (Sundance Institute)

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Friday, March 16

Pirates’ Rights, Streaming and the Physical Album Release

11:00-12:00

Speakers: Dina LaPolt (LaPolt Law, P.C.), Dan Dymtrow (Maverick), Wade Leak (Sony Music Entertainment), and Val Pensa (RCA Records)

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The Future of Mechanical Licensing in the US

12:30-1:30

Speakers: Chris Castle (Christian L. Castle, Attorneys), Robert Allen (McKool Smith), Richard Perna (RPMC, LLC), Colin Rushing (SoundExchange, Inc.), and Charles Sanders (Charles Sanders Attorney At Law, PC)

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Lawyers Gone Wild: Learning To Play by Ethical Rules

2:00-3:00

Speakers: Lynn Morrow (Adams and Reese LLP), Richard Busch (King & Ballow), D’Lesli Davis (Fulbright & Jaworski LLP), and Wallace Jefferson (Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP)

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Artist Legacy Planning & Protection

3:30-4:30

Speakers: Ken Abdo (Fox Rothschild LLP), Leron Rogers (Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP), and Sarah Wentz (Fox Rothschild LLP)

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Music Modernization Act: Changing the Licensing Landscape

5:00-6:00

Speakers: Dina LaPolt (LaPolt Law, P.C.), Congressman Doug Collins (U.S. House of Representatives), Chris Harrison (Digital Media Association), and David Israelite (National Music Publishers’ Association)

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Saturday, March 17

Licensing Music for Social Media: A Perfect Storm

11:00-12:00

Speakers: Bobby Rosenbloum (Greenberg Traurig, LLP), Tracy Gardner (Warner Music), and Ted Suh (Musical.ly)

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Big Legal Battles Over Rights in Bands’ Names

12:30-1:30

Speakers: Stan Soocher (University of Colorado)

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The Rules of the Road – Current Issues in Touring

2:00-3:00

Speakers: Judy Tint (New York University), David Beame (Global Citizen), Jason Bernstein (AEG Presents), Natalia Nastaskin (United Talent Agency, LLC), and Janine Small (Janine Small, PLLC)

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Turning Data into Dollars: Monetizing Social Media Info

3:30-4:30

Speakers: Peter Strand (Strand, & Glover, LLC), John Beiter (Strand, & Glover, LLC), Gary Greenstein (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati), and David Lessoff (INgrooves Music Group)

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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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