CSUSA Mid-Winter Meeting 2014

When: February 6, 2014 - February 8, 2014 - This event has passed

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3:00 – 5:00 PM Executive Committee Meeting

5:30 – 6:00 PM Registration

5:30 – 6:00 PM First-Time Attendees Reception

6:00 – 7:30 PM Welcome Reception

8:00 – 8:50 AM Breakfast     
Sponsors: Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
  & Mattel, Inc. / HIT Entertainment


Chapter Chair Meeting

9:00 – 10:00 AM The Copyright Misuse Doctrine: Useful or Misused?
The long-running copyright dispute between Omega and Costco concerning the sale of grey market Omega watches developed a new wrinkle in November 2011, when the Central District of California granted summary judgment for Costco on the ground that Omega misused its copyright by virtue of its efforts to enforce copyright in a 1/8” logo placed on the back of its watches. This ruling, which is under appeal, has sparked fresh discourse about the proper scope and application of the copyright misuse doctrine. This panel will examine the history of the misuse doctrine and will discuss and debate the questions of whether it offers a useful tool to combat the over extension of copyright monopolies, or whether it is a vague and ill-defined loophole allowing judges to dismiss claims they simply dislike.

Laura Heymann, William & Mary Law School
Bruce Keller, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Ben Sheffner, Motion Picture Association of America

10:00 – 10:15 AM Coffee Break   Sponsor: Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

10:15 – 11:45 AM Current Issues in International Copyright Law: Latin America and Beyond

Will include perspectives from Mexico, Brazil, the US and a brief discussion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty.

Karyn Temple Claggett, United States Copyright Office
Juliana Abrusio, Opice Blum, Bruno, Abrusio e Vainzof Advogados Associados (Brazil)
Gilda González, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, IFPI
Kiyoshi Tsuru, Tsuru Morales Isla Abogados S.C. (Mexico)

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM The Raging Debate About Laches

Supreme Court granted cert in the Raging Bull case, presumably to resolve a circuit split as to whether laches is available as an equitable defense to a copyright infringement claim.

Peter Jaszi, American University Washington College of Law
Nancy Mertzel, Schoeman Updike Kaufman Stern & Ascher LLP
Jonathan Zavin, Loeb & Loeb LLP

12:45 – 1:45 PM Lunch     Sponsor: Thomson Reuters  

2:00 – 5:30 PM Everglades Airboat Tour (Optional)
The 800 square miles of the Everglades are a 6,000-year-old fresh water “river of grass” providing habitat and protection for endangered and threatened species such as the American alligator and a variety of birds and fish. There is a 30-minute airboat tour of the Everglades followed by an alligator show.

6:30- 8:00 PM

Reception at YUCA     Sponsor: Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
YUCA, an acronym for
Young Urban Cuban-Americans, is South Florida’s original upscale Cuban restaurant
featuring innovative Nuevo Latino Cuisine.

8:00 – 10:30 PM Dine-Around (Optional)
Go out to dinner with other conference attendees.  Make new friends while discovering some amazing
Miami restaurants.  More information to follow.
8:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast  Sponsor: Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Membership Committee

9:00  – 10:00 AM The Future of Fair Use After the Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google
In finding the Google Books
Project to be a fair use, Judge Chin held that it “advances the progress of the
arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of
authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the
rights of copyright holders.” The panel will debate whether Judge
Chin’s decision is right and discuss how it might affect fair use jurisprudence
in years to come.

Jay Dougherty, Loyola Law School
Jonathan Band, Jonathan Band PLLC
Jon Baumgarten

10:00 – 10:15 AM Coffee Break

10:15 – 10:30 AM

Copyright Case Update: Breaking News!
A Tale of Two Consent Decrees: Can Music Publishers
(Safely) Partially Withdraw Catalog from ASCAP and BMI to Directly License
Digital Services?

Pequignot, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Frank P. Scibilia,
Pryor Cashman LLP

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Whither Are Pre-1972 Sound Recordings Bound (And Does SiriusXM Need to Pay to Play Bieber but Not the Beatles)?

Will cover DMCA and digital public performance issues as well as the lurking question of whether pre-72 sound recordings should finally be brought under the federal copyright scheme.

Serona Elton, Frost School of Music, University of Miami
George Borkowski, Recording Industry Association of America
Brieanne Elpert, SoundExchange
John Rosenberg, Rosenberg & Giger PC

12:00 – 1:15PM Beg, Borrow or Steal — Appropriation Art, Fair Use or Infringement Most Foul?

This panel will cover
the ever-shifting lines between fair use and infringement in the art world
including discussions of the Second Circuit’s decision in Cariou v. Prince and
the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Seltzer v. Green Day, Inc.

James Danziger, Danziger Gallery
Judith Prowda,
Sotheby’s Institute of Art

Claudia Ray,
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Joshua Schiller, Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP

CLE: CSUSA is applying for 7-8 general credits
Hyatt  – 305 358 1234 

Courtyard by Marriott – 305 374 3000

JW Marriott – 305 374 1224

Holiday Inn – 305 371 4400
As a special thank you to non-members who attend the meeting, the non-member price includes membership in the Copyright Society of the USA, pro-rated for the remainder of the 2013-2014 (expires 9/30/2014). Welcome!
For Government, Academic or Students, there is a discounted registration fee of 300.00 (early-bird). Registrations will be verified.
Cancellation and Refund Policy: Full refund will be issued if a cancellation is received in writing by February 1, 2014. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations after February 1, 2014. Registrations are transferable.

CLE Credit Details

CSUSA is applying for 7-8 general credits

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