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Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2014 - Overview of Entertainment Law Issues; Television, Video & User-Generated Content; Videogames & Software Apps; Building an Entertainment Law Practice; Ethics

You may also choose to register for the following Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry seminars:

DAY 2 / March 4th - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2014 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing

DAY 3 / March 5th - Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2014 - Book Publishing; Current Developments in Entertainment and Sports Litigation; Film

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Why you should attend

Experienced entertainment attorneys and business executives will discuss legal, financial, business, and ethical issues in the practice of entertainment law, with a focus on new methods of entertainment product delivery.

What you will learn

Day 1 - Overview of Entertainment Law Issues; Television, Video & User-Generated Content; Videogames & Software Apps; Building an Entertainment Law Practice

The morning session will address high-level issues in entertainment industry transactions and will cover legal and business issues and emerging trends in the television and video industries, including recent developments involving online video and user-generated content.  The afternoon session will sort out the parties to game development deals and their respective interests, taking a look at key negotiating issues from both sides of the table.  Thereafter, a panel will address how best to develop and grow an entertainment law practice, including the role of new media.

Day 1 Evening Session - Ethics

The evening session will feature a presentation on the ethical considerations in the practice of entertainment law (one hour Ethics credit).

Special Features

  • Network at the cocktail reception on the evening of Day 1, sponsored by SESAC
  • Earn one hour of Ethics credit (evening of Day 1)

9:00 Introduction & Overview of Entertainment Law Issues
Speakers: Kenneth M. Kaufman, Howard Siegel

9:15 Television, Video & User-Generated Content
  • Overview of the television and video marketplace
  • Acquisition of underlying rights
  • Option agreements
  • Life story rights
  • Structuring the acquisition of rights (licenses, assignments, and works made for hire)
  • Copyright termination issues
  • Production, financing and distribution agreements
  • Co-productions and joint ventures
  • Cable and pay television productions
  • Talent agreements
  • Special issues in reality TV productions
  • Advertising and product placement
  • Music rights for television productions
  • Key issues involving user-generated content
  • Online video and the impact of digital media on traditional business models
  • Trends and future outlook
Speakers: Vernon G. Chu, Kenneth M. Kaufman

10:45 Break

11:00 Television, Video & User-Generated Content (Continued)
Speakers: Vernon G. Chu, Kenneth M. Kaufman

12:30 Lunch

1:45 Videogames & Software Apps
  • Identifying the parties to the deal - what each wants; what each needs; what each brings
  • Negotiating key points of every game or app dev deal. Perspectives and strategies from each side of the table
  • The Lightning Round: a checklist for counsel representing the start-up mobile/wireless app creator
  • Privacy and protection of User Identifiable Information in the current regulatory and statutory environment - the FTC, COPPA, and increasingly active state Attorneys General
Speakers: Jim Charne, James Alan Cook, Dona J. Fraser, Gary Gattis

3:45 Break

4:00 Building an Entertainment Law Practice
  • How do you gain enough knowledge and experience starting out in entertainment law?
  • What you need to know about different fields of entertainment law
  • Practicing entertainment law in a secondary market versus a primary market
  • Developing an entertainment practice in challenging economic times
  • General entertainment practitioner versus a specialty practice in entertainment law
  • Serving in non-lawyer roles for clients
  • Fee arrangements
  • Current issues in entertainment law practice
  • Social media marketing for entertainment lawyers
  • Your website as your entertainment law calling card
Speakers: Rosemary Carroll, Kirk T. Schroder

5:00 Cocktail Reception

6:00 Ethics
  • Recent developments in professional responsibility and discipline, e.g., ABA “ethics 20/20” rule changes, multijurisdictional and multidisciplinary practice, entity representation, disclosure of client misconduct
  • Conflict of interests for entertainment lawyers and waivers
  • Practicing law in the electronic age – the interface of ethical rules with new technology, e.g., protecting confidential communications and the Internet, metadata discovery and computer experts
  • Fees
  • Good practice guidelines – tips for avoiding legal malpractice and discipline
Speakers: Jack P. Sahl

Program Attorney(s)
Tamara C. Kiwi ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

New York City Seminar Location

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