Southeast Sound Music Law Conference | Purple Law: Sessions Inspired by Prince

When: September 24, 2016 at 9:30am - 10:00pm EDT - This event has passed

Southeast Sound Music Law Conference
Purple Law
Sessions Inspired by Prince  

Discounted Registration Ends 9/22



The University of Miami Frost School of Music and Miami Law Joint Degree Programs (JD/MM & JD/MA)


The CSUSA Miami Chapter, the Music Industry Association and Grammy U

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The 2016 Southeast Sound: Music Law Conference, subtitled Purple Law: Sessions Inspired by Prince, will feature master classes on legal topics specific to music presented by a number of esteemed legal practitioners.

The conference will run from 9:30am to 4:45 at the University of Miami but will be followed by an after-party at The Anderson! Click the link above for more information.


Copyright Society Members: Early $75 / On-site $125
Students (UM and non-UM):
Early $25 / On-site $50 Non-Students: Early $100 / On-site $150​

*Early Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 22nd (by 11:59 PM EDT). On-site registrants are not entitled to breakfast/lunch. Students will need to show a valid student ID when picking up registration materials and should use a university/college email when registering online.


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Let’s Go Crazy Over Take Down Notices (Hector Almaguer)
The DMCA created a safe harbor from liability for online service providers who, upon receiving a properly constructed notice from a copyright owner, expeditiously remove or disable access to the allegedly infringing material. This process is referredto as notice and take down, and this session will explain the steps in the process and the complications that can arise.

The Prince Act and Other Developments in Publicity Rights (Richard C. Wolfe)
The protection of publicity rights, the rights related to the commercial use of someone’s name or likeness, is complicated and varies significantly from state to state. This session will explore recent developments in this constantly evolving area of law.

Sign O’ The Times in Regulated Music Licensing (Serona Elton)
Some types of music licensing are impacted by decisions by the Copyright Royalty Board, or by the Department of Justice. This session will explore recent developments related to the making and distributing of phonorecords, webcasting digital performances of sound recordings, and blanket PRO public performance licenses.

The Winner for Best Music (Original Song Score) Is….Beyond Simple Sync Deals (Leslie José Zigel)
Some synchronization deals are more complicated than others. For example, when a song or recording becomes the themesong for a TV show, or is performed by musicians or actors on-screen in a movie, much more is involved than would be in asimple sync deal. This session will explore the types of deal terms that come up in these complex sync usages.

Keynote: Parties Weren’t Meant to Last: Estate Planning Issues for Artists (Kenneth J. Abdo)
Every bit as much care needs to be taken to protect an artist’s rights and assets after they are gone as when they are alive.Artists, as well as other entertainers and creators, often have complex estate planning issues involving the ownership of copyrights, trademarks, and publicity rights, and unknown heirs, just to name a few. This session will explore these estate planning issues and others.


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