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Maintaining the Artist: Protecting Music Artists' Intellectual Property Rights in a Digital World

This conference sponsored by the Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law.

The Artist’s Seat: Understanding the Other Side of the Representation Table
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The digital revolution has created numerous opportunities and challenges. As these changes continue, it is imperative that practitioners not lose sight of their clients’ understanding. This panel will focus on the factors non-legal parties consider when they address the changing landscape of their intellectual property rights as well as the role the advocate should take in communicating these ideas.

Troy “Cowboy Troy” Coleman - Recording Artist with Warner Brothers Records
Wesley Bulla - Dean, Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, Belmont University
Mark Montgomery - CEO,
Denise Stevens - Senior Counsel, Loeb & Loeb LLP; NSAI General Counsel

mp3: The Idea of “Ownership” in a New Generation
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Nearly a decade after its onset, the Napster phenomenon re-crafted the way an entire generation of Americans think about access to musical works. This panel will take a critical theoretical look at the ways in which the ethos of “music” and “copyright” changed before and after Napster’s rise and fall. It also will explore how the legal system has and should adapt to reflect both the goals of copyright law and the understanding of music consumers.

Vincent Candilora - Vice President, Licensing, ASCAP
Christian A. Horsnell - Partner, Bass Berry & Sims
Michael Kurek - Professor and Director, Music Composition Department, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University

Saving Face: Protection for an Artist’s Likeness in the Digital Marketplace
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The digital revolution opened up business models for digital versions of an artist’s Traditional legal models may not adequately protect artists. This panel will explore the legal frameworks that have and should be invoked to protect artists’ rights in the use of their likenesses as well as the contractual terms artists need when embarking on their careers.

Dorothy Campbell - Legal Counsel, Capitol Records Nashville
Heather Hubbard - Associate, Waller Lansden
David Moser - Professor, Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, Belmont University
Jules Wortman - Vice President - Public Relations, Warner Brothers Records