NARM/CMA Produce Entertainment Law Event

Final programming for the Entertainment Law Conference series has been set for Nov. 9 at Nashville’s Hutton Hotel. The half-day continuing legal education course will be part of scheduled events leading up to “The 44th Annual CMA Awards,” which will be held Wed., Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) at the Bridgestone Arena and broadcast live on the ABC Television Network. the conference is hosted by the CMA and NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers).

The program will feature a keynote interview with the Honorable Marybeth Peters. In one of the final public events of her 16-year tenure as United States Register of Copyrights, Peters will discuss some of the remarkable policy changes that she has witnesses and influenced during her 45-year career in the Copyright Office, and her ideas about the future of copyright law.

Also scheduled are three high-level panels that will address the impact of the 2010 elections on music, media and copyright legislation; the challenges and opportunities associated with creators’ right to terminate assignments of copyright; and controversial recent court decisions that affect creators, including the YouTube and Veoh cases.

A cocktail reception to honor Peters will follow the program. The reception will allow registrants to meet one-on-one with not only Peters, but all of the speakers featured throughout the program.

“The Entertainment Law Conference is an exciting opportunity for CMA and NARM to work together to foster education and understanding of copyright law at a critical time for our industry,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. “CMA is committed to being a resource for our industry by providing opportunities to explore and discuss important issues.”

Registration for the event through October 12 is $149 for NARM and CMA members,  $199 for non-members, and $69 for student. After October 12 registration rates will increase by $50 for members and non-members and $30 for students. You may register at http://musiclaw1109.eventbrite.com/.

Application for accreditation of this course or program in Tennessee is currently pending. Once approved, the course will yield 4 credits.

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