Entertainment Law Reporter
February/March Volume 28 Number 9

Educational Programs Calendar:

USC 2007 Intellectual Property Institute, Tuesday, March 13, 2007, Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills. This annual seminar, sponsored by the USC Gould School of Law, includes presentations of interest to entertainment lawyers such as  Copyright or Right of Publicity: A Debate between David Nimmer and J. Thomas McCarthy on the Interrelationship between Copyright Law and the Right of Publicity; Grokster, Two Years Out and Future Impact: Legal and Business Developments; U.S. v. E.U. Intellectual Property and Competition Law; The Legal Implications of Social Networking Sites; and International Anti-Counterfeiting: Enforcement Strategies that Work. For additional information, go online to http://law.usc.edu/cle/ip.

Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2007, March 19-21, 2007, PLI New York Center , New York City. This three part annual program, sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, opens Day 1 with a look at the Television Industry; The Impact of the Internet & Digital Media on the Entertainment Industry; Personal Management and Agency Contracts; and Ethics. Day 2 will examine Sports Law issues such as Negotiating Player Contracts; Emerging Issues in Sponsorships and Endorsements; Sports, TV and Technology followed by Film: Key Legal Issues in the Development, Financing, Production and Distribution of Theatrical Motion Pictures. Day 3 looks at Sound Recordings and Music Publishing. For additional information, go to www.pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

Maximizing Branded Entertainment Deals, March 27-28, 2007 The Westin Times Square , New York City. The American Conference Institute offers this second annual program to highlight ways to Enhance Value, Optimize Brand Exposure and Minimize Risk of Entertainment Deals. The program will provide sessions on Tackling Convergence and New Media Roadblocks When Branding Entertainment; Ensuring That the Deal Covers the Intent of the Parties; The Nuts and Bolts of Television Integrations: Creative Control and Maximizing Profits; Ensuring Favorable and Meaningful Product Exposure Through the Use of Brand Integration; Valuing and Structuring Branded Entertainment Opportunities; Be Very Afraid: What to Know When Targeting Brands to Children; Averting Scrutiny and Sanctions from Regulators; Avoiding Common Pitfalls When Working With Talent and the Talent Unions; Preventing Commercial Misappropriation Claims When Integrating Brands & Products; and Branding Hollywood and Beyond-How Major Brands and Retailers Are Harnessing Opportunities and How to Profit from This Space. The program will be followed by an Interactive Workshop on March 29th: Deconstructing the Deal and Putting It Back Together-an Intensive Strategy Session on Negotiating Branded Entertainment Transactions. For additional information, check www.amercanconference.com/brand or call 888-224-2480.

Digitalization and Dollars, April 11. The American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the Daily Journal, Screen Actors Guild, Veritext LLC/National Court Reporting Services
Present a 90-Minute Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast
Digitalization and Dollars: The Impact of New Media on the Entertainment Industry Collective Bargaining Agreements . This program will present the fundamentals of the entertainment industry above-the-line collective bargaining agreements with respect to digital entertainment issues: Basic Minimum Agreement (Labor Basics), Old Model v. New Model; Distribution Platforms: Traditional/ Present (Theatrical, Video/DVD, Broadcast), New Media Technologies (VOD, Digital Downloads, Streaming Video, Webisodes, Mobisodes, etc.), Future Media and New Technologies

LexisNexis Digital Rights Management Conference, April 23-24, The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. To request a conference brochure, go to www.lexisnexis.com/conferences or call 1-800-MEALEYS.