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EASL Fall Meeting

Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Cornell Club
6 East 44thStreet
New York City

3:30PM-6:45PM: CLE Program
6:45PM - 8:45PM Cocktail Reception

Panel One: "Best Practices to Protect Entertainment Assets in a Bankruptcy"

How can you be protected should a bankruptcy suddenly disrupt the intended results of an entertainment-related business transaction? A licensor's bankruptcy could result in a licensee having difficulty asserting its rights or facing unexpected competition from new licensees. A songwriter who sold his copyright catalogue may be left with a worthless claim in a publisher's bankruptcy. By the time the bankruptcy is filed, it's too late to protect your rights. But what can you do in advance?

Join three leading lawyers from Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP for an insightful panel discussion on the principles of bankruptcy in the entertainment industry, including the impact of recent cases changing the landscape, and how those principles affect rights in entertainment transactions.

The panel will feature three key elements:
Bankruptcy principles applicable to IP assets.
Recent changes likely to alter the treatment of entertainment assets in U.S. bankruptcies
Hypothetical scenario to identify the effect of various transaction structures on the rights and obligations of the IP creator and the IP distributor in bankruptcies.

Lynn P. Harrison 3rd, Esq., Partner and Co-Chair, Restructuring & Insolvency Group
Andrew H. Seiden, Esq., Partner and Chair, Entertainment & Media Practice Group
Eric J. Stenshoel, Esq., Counsel, Intellectual Property Group

Panel Two: "E-Books: The Sequel--Rights, Wrongs and Realities"

Traditional publishers are battling e-book companies in court, the government is suing traditional publishers and Apple over e-book pricing, and authors and publishers are regularly facing off in deal-making in the ever-evolving world of e-books, enhanced e-books, apps and self-publishing. In our second panel this year, we will hear from experts including a founder of a leading independent electronic publisher and counsel for a publisher in United States v. Apple. We will also get an inside look at transactional issues in a mock negotiation between counsel for an author and counsel for an e-book publisher.

Arthur Klebanoff, CEO, Rosetta Books, President, Scott Meredith Literary Agency, NY
Joel M. Mitnick, Esq., Partner, Sidley Austin, NY
Kim G. Schefler, Esq., Partner, Levine Plotkin & Menin, NY
F. Robert Stein, Esq., Law Office of F. Robert Stein, Of Counsel, Pryor Cashman, NY

Judith B. Bass, Esq., Law Offices of Judith B. Bass, NY
Kenneth N. Swezey, Esq., Partner, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, NY

Under New York's MCLE rule, this program is pending approval for up to 3.0 MCLE Credit hours in the area of professional practice. This program is not transitional and does not qualify for credit for newly admitted attorneys.

For more information, contact: bgould@nysba.org

The last day to pre-register online is November 15, 2012.

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