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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 29, 2010
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, partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, Nashville

    8:45 – 10:45 a.m.
    "Current Copyright Law and Policy Activities of the Copyright Office"
    "Copyright on the International Stage"
    "Legislative Activity in the 111th Congress"

    An update on the Copyright Office’s recent and pending rulemaking and litigation activity, including § 1201 regulations governing anticircumvention, mandatory deposit of digitally born works, music licensing issues, the Performance Rights Act, the constitutionality of restoration of copyrights under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, the Google book settlement, the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), among other issues, plus a report on the international policy activities of the U.S. government, including enforcement challenges, orphan works, protection of audiovisual performances, exceptions and limitations and other issues currently at WIPO.

  • Marybeth Peters, register of copyrights
  • David Carson, general counsel, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Maria Pallante, associate register for policy & international affairs, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Tanya Sandros, deputy general counsel, U.S. Copyright Office

    10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

    11:00 a.m. - 12:15 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. See a demonstration of the new online copyright registration system and hear about the new procedures for processing all registrations, including applications submitted on paper.

  • Marybeth Peters, register of copyrights
  • Claire Gardiner, supervisory registration specialist, Performing Arts Division, U.S. Copyright Office

    12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
    Luncheon program

    China has experienced tremendous economic growth over the past three decades and, with its 1.3 billion population and growing middle class of about 400 million, is an enticing market for many American businesses. As more Chinese have discretionary income and are increasingly willing to spend on entertainment, China will become increasingly important for music and other entertainment. However, piracy of music, film and other entertainment content is rampant and constitutes a major impediment to growth of the legitimate entertainment industry in China. This presentation will provide an overview of copyright law in China, focusing on some recent developments including the Chinese government’s enforcement efforts, challenges to effective enforcement, results of the United States’ World Trade Organization complaint against China, search engine liability for online infringement, and efforts to develop a legal online music market.

  • David J. Moser, assistant professor of music business, Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, Belmont University

    1:45 - 3:15 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
  • Tyler Ochoa, professor, Santa Clara University School of Law

    3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

    3:30 - 5:15 p.m.
    "Termination Rights: Three Years Later"

    Three years ago, we hosted a panel that focused on the challenges posed by “termination rights,” just as the first wave of eligible copyrights was forming. After three years and three major appellate opinions, what has been learned about these complex and powerful rights and what remains to be understood? What new problems and issues have arisen? In addition, there has arisen a new wave of eligible copyrights in sound recordings, but it is unclear whether the exercise of those rights will be affected by the work-for-hire provisions typically found in recording contracts.

    An expert panel with diverse viewpoints will discuss these and other issues relating to termination rights.

    Moderator: Tyler Ochoa, professor, Santa Clara University School of Law

  • Maria Pallante, associate register for policy & international affairs, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Casey Del Casino, special counsel, Adams & Reese, LLP, Nashville
  • Thomas Kjellberg, counsel, Cowan Liebowitz & Latman, New York (represented the plaintiff in Penguin Group v. Steinbeck)
  • 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.

    Produced by:

    Tiffany Villager
    Director of First Amendment Studies
    First Amendment Center

    Richard G. Sanders Jr.
    Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP


    Fees include the luncheon and cocktail reception.

  • $250 for CLE credit
  • $100 for non-CLE credit
  • $50 for law students and members of the Nashville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • Non-CLE attendance of the afternoon panel "Termination Rights: Three Years Later" ONLY 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 22.

    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 23. 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 expected to be approved for 7.5 hours of CLE credit.

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