Vanderbilt Hosts Entertainment Law Symposium

Leadership Music has partnered with the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law (JETL) to offer a symposium: “The Evolution of Entertainment Law and Industry in the New World: Where Do We Go From Here?” The day-long event will be held Tuesday, September 28 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM in Vanderbilt Law School’s Flynn Auditorium.

The event is targeted to those involved in the business of music and entertainment. The discussion will be divided into four major areas affecting entertainment law today: business models, collective management, U.S. exceptionalism in copyright, and enforcement.

“The Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law’s upcoming symposium presents an exciting opportunity for both Leadership Music and the Vanderbilt students and faculty,” said Linda Bloss-Baum, a Leadership Music board member and one of the coordinators of the event. “The symposium will host some of the nation’s foremost experts on copyright policy, who will provide timely and provocative perspectives on the current legal challenges facing the music, entertainment and technology industries. Leadership Music is pleased to continue its community partnership with Vanderbilt University by co-hosting this event with JETL.”

Entertainment industry leaders expected to participate are Cary Sherman, President, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); David Israelite, President and CEO, National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), songwriter Eddie Schwartz; Michael Huppe, general counsel, SoundExchange; David Carson, general counsel, U.S. Copyright Office; Shira Perlmutter, Executive Vice-President, global legal policy, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry; and Linda Bloss-Baum, Vice President of public policy and government relations, Warner Music Group.

Among the leading academics scheduled to speak are Ray Nimmer, Dean, University of Houston Law Center; Professors William Henslee, Florida A&M University College of Law; Jacqueline Lipton, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Salil Mehra, Temple University Beasley School or Law; Annemarie Bridy, University of Idaho College Law; Peter Yu, Drake University Law School; and Ann Bartow, University of South Carolina School of Law. Vanderbilt University Law School Professors Steven Hetcher and Daniel Gervais will moderate panels.

Registration is $99. If participants wish to receive a copy of the Symposium publication, registration is $129. Lunch is included, but seating is limited. To register, visit

The Legal Symposium will be held in conjunction with Next BIG Nashville and Leadership Music’s Digital Summit (NBN+LMDS), who have united to create the best of both with a week-long conference and festival. The combined events, which include a two-day conference, parties, films and four nights of music at twelve venues, will take place September 29 through October 2.  Complete details are available at


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