Practicing Entertainment Law in the New Legal and Music Economy

Panelists Ken Abdo (Moderator), Lommen Abdo Cole King & Stageberg P.A., Steve Sidman, Owner, The Sidman Law Group, and Peter Strand, Partner, Leavens, Strand & Glover discussed the impact of specific changes in recording contract terms on the economic realities for artists and their lawyers. The exclusive recording agreement remains the centerpiece contract of most music artists' careers. However, by "getting signed", not only are the probabilities of a sustained career with a record company less than at the beginning of this century, but the terms of the recording agreement have also evolved since then to become less artist friendly. In addition, declining music sales coupled with the reduction of the purchase price of music altogether, causes the benefits of traditional "record deals" to be scrutinized more than ever.

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Professor Kwall's Articles Listed Among Most Cited, Top Downloads

Professor Roberta Kwall’s article "Inspiration and Innovation: The Intrinsic Dimension of the Artistic Soul" (Notre Dame Law Review) appears in the recently released list of the most cited IP articles published over the last 10 years. This article and "Author-Stories: Narrative's Implications for Moral Rights and Copyright's Joint Authorship Doctrine" (Southern California Law Review) also are included in SSRN's all-time top 10 download list for Philosophy Research Network: Aesthetic Experience, Judgment, Value.

14th Annual IP Scholars Conference

Professors Joshua Sarnoff and Stefania Fusco participated in the 14th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (IPSC) held at Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) at the UC Berkeley School of Law on August 7 and 8, 2014.

CIPLIT Hosts Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture

On May 1 and 2, 2014, 22 senior scholars from the United States and various other countries held a roundtable at DePaul on international intellectual property law issues.

Professor Sarnoff Named Edison Scholar

Professor Joshua Sarnoff has been appointed a Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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