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The Copyright Office Comes to Music City

Program and registration information

Join members of the U.S. Copyright Office for a daylong discussion on the state of copyright law.

April 28, 2009
8:30 – 5:15 p.m.

First Amendment Center
1207 18th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37212


8 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration & continental breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and opening remarks

  • Marybeth Peters, register of copyrights
  • Gene Policinski, vice president and executive director, First Amendment Center
  • Richard G. Sanders, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, Nashville

    8:45 - 10 a.m.
    "Current Copyright Law and Policy Activities of the Copyright Office"

    An update of the Copyright Office’s recent and pending rulemaking and litigation activity, including § 1201 regulations governing anticircumvention, music licensing issues, recommendations or the revision of § 108 mandatory deposit regulations governing digitally-borne works, the Satellite Home Viewers Extension and Reauthorization Act § 109 Report and proposed revisions to §§ 111 and 119 proposed fee increase.

  • Marybeth Peters, register of copyrights
  • David Carson, general counsel, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Tanya Sandros, deputy general counsel, U.S. Copyright Office

    10 - 10:45 a.m.
    "Legislative Activity in the 111th Congress"

    Learn about copyright legislation pending in the 111th Congress.

  • David Carson, general counsel, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Tanya Sandros, deputy general counsel, U.S. Copyright Office

    10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

    11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    "Litigation: The Year in Review"

    A discussion of the most important and interesting copyright cases of the past year.

  • David Carson, general counsel, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Robert Clarida, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, New York

    12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
    Luncheon program:
    "Terrestrial Radio: The Challenges Ahead"

    Please come listen to the director of the Radio Music License Committee discuss the status of performance rights licenses, public performance rights for sound recordings, terrestrial radio’s digital strategy and the prospects for terrestrial radio in a time of increasing economic burdens, younger demographics and mobile applications for music.

  • William Velez, executive director, Radio Music License Committee

    2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
    "Copyright Registration: Issues for Practitioners and Copyright Owners"

    Learn about registration basics, including how to register specific kinds of works, such as motion pictures, sound recordings, computer programs and CD-ROMs, and how to avoid mistakes commonly made in applications for registration. Hear about the new online copyright registration system and the new procedures for processing all registrations, including applications submitted on paper.

  • Marybeth Peters, register of copyrights
  • Linda Gill, chief, Performing Arts Division, U.S. Copyright Office

    3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

    3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
    "A Digital Dance: Copyright and the Music Industry in the File-Sharing Era"

    With collection of mechanical royalties declining, despite increases in overall licenses issued in general and in digital licenses particular, the traditional means of generating revenue for music would appear to be under threat. There is not, however, any consensus as to the real source of this threat and the best way to respond to it. Some have identified file-sharing as the main culprit and have proposed various means of combating it. Others have exonerated file-sharing or regard it as inevitable and unavoidable. These issues raise the questions of whether, and to what degree, the traditional business models are viable in the digital era, under current copyright law; of whether such business models are worth saving, and if not, what business models should replace them; and of how copyright law should be changed to accommodate them. Please come hear a panel of experts discuss these issues and the intersection of the music industry, the Internet and copyright law.

    Moderator: E. Andrew Norwood, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, Nashville

  • Rick Carnes, president, Songwriters’ Guild
  • J.D. Connell, director of new media, SESAC
  • Lee Knife, general counsel, Digital Media Association (DiMA)
  • Steven M. Marks, executive vice president and general counsel, Recording Industry Association of America
  • Corynne McSherry, staff attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • 5:15 - 6:45 p.m.


    Fees include the luncheon and cocktail reception.

  • $250 for CLE credit
  • $100 for non-CLE credit
  • $50 for law students
  • Non-CLE attendance of the afternoon panel is free.

    Please make checks payable to the Federal Bar Association, Nashville Chapter (E.I.N. 56-2650746). We do not accept credit cards.

    Register by mail
    Please send your name, company, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address to the address below, along with the appropriate fee. In addition, if you wish CLE credit, please include your Tennessee BPR number or other state bar number. Registration must be received by April 21.

    Tiffany Villager
    First Amendment Center
    1207 18th Ave. S.
    Nashville, TN 37212

    Register by e-mail
    Send the information requested above to

    Register by telephone
    Please leave the above information at 615/727-1341.

    Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than Friday, April 24, 2009. Substitute registrants are allowed, but must register in their own name.

    CLE credit
    The Federal Bar Association, Nashville Chapter, is the approved CLE provider. This program is based on 7.5 hours of CLE credit.

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