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 on SSRN All-Time Top 10 List.

Professor Roberta Kwall’s articles "Inspiration and Innovation: The Intrinsic Dimension of the Artistic Soul" (Notre Dame Law Review) and "Author-Stories: Narrative's Implications for Moral Rights and Copyright's Joint Authorship Doctrine" (Southern California Law Review) 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. The IPSC brings together intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress and to listen and discuss others’ works. The conference is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law; the Intellectual Property and Information Law Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University; the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology, DePaul University College of Law; and the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Stanford Law School.

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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