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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CIPLIT hosted the Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture on May 1 - 2, 2014.

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

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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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15th Annual Niro Distinguished IP Lecture.

"How to Retain Patent Enforcement While Reforming It – Judges and Counsel Should Manage Infringement Suits, not Congress"

Honorable Paul R Michel(Ret.)
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Commentator, Honorable James F Holderman
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

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In August 2013, four members of CIPLIT faculty participated in the 13th annual IP Scholars Conference, which originated at DePaul in 2000.

Professor Roberta Kwall opened the conference with a talk about the history of the conference and the top 10 things law faculty can do to enhance their career potential in this new reality of legal education. Professor Margit Livingston presented her paper on Copyright Infringement of Music: Determining Whether What Sounds Alike Is Alike. Professor Josh Sarnoff commented on Victoria Stodden’s paper, Software Patents as a Barrier to Scientific Transparency: An Unexpected Consequence of Bayh-Dole. Professor Fusco spoke about The Origins of Patent Examination in the Venetian Republic.

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