Termination of Sound Recording Copyright Transfers – CLE Program

I will be speaking at an upcoming CLE program on one of my favorite topics: recording artists’ recapture of their copyrights from the record labels.  As 2013 (the first year that sound recording copyright transfers will have ever been subject to termination) approaches, this issue is getting on the radar of more and more folks.  I have been dealing with it for over a decade, having briefed the sound recording work for hire issue in the original MP3.com litigation.  The program will take place on Tuesday, January 24 in New York City.

My panel will be part of a much larger intellectual property law CLE program sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section.  I highly encourage anyone interested in any facet of intellectual property law to attend.  I am not aware of any other program where you can get 8 credit hours of CLE (including 1 hour of ethics credit) for only $125.  Here is a link to the registration materials for those interested, and here is a copy of the full-day program:

Fall IP Conference in Philadelphia










The New York State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section is having its Fall Meeting in Philadelphia this year.  The program will take place October 20-23 at the historic Rittenhouse Hotel.
Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante, will be speaking, as will Director Kappos of the USPTO.  This meeting is very family-friendly and there is much for family members to do around town while the programming is in session.  Plus, you get the added bonus of multiple opportunities to drink a beer and discuss copyright law ephemera with me!

Here is a copy of the program brochure:

You can find the registration materials here.




Copyright Society Program: Viacom vs. YouTube Appeal – Register Now!

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Registration Deadline Monday, July 25 – Limited Seats Available!

I encourage anyone in D.C., or anyone who can make it down for a day, to quickly register for a great program on the ongoing Viacom v. YouTube copyright litigation:


The Washington D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is holding a membership building event on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. [Read more…]