“We’re Not Gonna Take It”: The New Grass Roots, #irespectmusic & Fair Play Fair Pay

When: July 8, 2015 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT - This event has passed

We're Not Gonna Take It: The New Grass Roots, the #irespectmusic Campaign and the Fair Play Fair Pay Act 

With Chris Castle (Christian L. Castle, Attorneys)
And Ray Flowers (Fifth Column)

Please join the Texas Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA and
the Austin Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law Section for a lunch presentation
with networking to follow.

In the United States, performing artists do not get paid for broadcast radio airplay. I Respect Music is a grassroots movement of independent artists with chapters across the United States, including Austin, Texas, that is currently petitioning Congress to extend the digital performance right to broadcast radio. In addition, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has introduced the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015 (H.R. 1733), which seeks to modernize the music licensing rules for digital and terrestrial radio broadcasts.

Austin manager Ray Flowers and attorney Chris Castle have been working with I Respect Music in Austin and will give an overview of the movement. Chris will also address the copyright issues in the Fair Play Fair Play Act, including an extension of the performance royalty to pre-1972 sound recordings and broadcast radio.

Provides 1.0 Texas CLE General Credit hour.

Lunch included for attendees who register online. Lunch for other attendees while supplies last.

Early-Bird Deadline July 3
Final Registration Deadline July 7

CSUSA or ESLABA Members Early-Bird $15, after deadline $20
Students* and Faculty* Early-Bird $15, after deadline $20
Standard Registration Early-Bird $20, after deadline $25

*Please bring your student or faculty ID to check-in.


Chris Castle (Christian L. Castle, Attorneys): Chris Castle represents artists, songwriters, television productions and record producers on traditional music industry matters and technology companies in the music space. Chris advises leading organizations on public policy matters. Chris is admitted in Texas and California. Prior to founding his law firm in 2004, Chris was Of Counsel to Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles. He was Senior Vice President, Business Affairs at Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. in New York, and Vice President of Business Affairs at A&M Records, Inc. in Hollywood. Chris graduated from the Anderson Graduate School of Management and the UCLA School of Law in 1987 and magna cum laude from UCLA in 1983 with a B.A. in Political Science. He was twice nominated an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, was a member of the UCLA Law Review and received the Norma Zarky Prize for the best published student writing on an entertainment law topic. He writes on a variety of legal topics and edits the MusicTechPolicy blog. Chris lectures at institutions such as American University, the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, Osgoode Hall, USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business and the University of Texas School of Law where he was also an adjunct professor. Chris is a frequent speaker on industry subjects at events such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, State Bar of Texas, State Bar of California, American Bar Association, Copyright Society of the USA, the Global Forum at Canadian Music Week, the Canadian-American Business Council, World Creators Summit, California Copyright Conference, CMJ and SXSW. He has testified at the UK Parliament and spoken at Congressional seminars in Washington, DC. His most recent publication is Free Email and the Attorney Client Privilege, published in Texas Lawyer (October 13, 2014). Chris was also cited in the U.S. Copyright Office’s Music Licensing Study and the Copyright Office’s 2014 Notice of Final Rulemaking for Section 115 Statements of Account.

Ray Flowers (Fifth Column): A veteran of the Great Label Wars of the last century, Ray Flowers is owner/president of Fifth Column, an Austin-based artist development and management company, originally founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1999 and moved to Austin in 2001. Before starting Fifth Column, Ray served as the Midwest Regional Alternative Artist Development Representative for Polygram Group Distribution (one of the “Big Six”). Prior to that he was the independent music buyer at Handleman Company and, in the late 80s, managed a record store in Lexington, Kentucky. He often works as a consultant on a variety of label or artist-driven projects while maintaining an active management roster which currently features Guy Forsyth and two independent bands, Chasca and Slowtrain. He also works periodically on the I Respect Music movement and with a number of music-focused non-profits, including the Austin Music Foundation.

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CLE Credit Details

Provides 1.0 Texas CLE General Credit hour.

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