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  • View Webcasts of Panels – One of the many benefits of membership is our archive of past panels.  If you missed the NY March or May panels, U.S. Copyright Office Report or Creative Session - Synch Pitch to ESPN pt. 2, or the LA May A View From The Top - The Indie Edition 2.0 panel, members can view the full panels, as well as all other archived panels from all 3 chapters here. Select 'HD' for the best viewing quality!  All are welcome to view a sampling of video clips here.
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  • The Copyright Office - on June 4th released a report on orphan works and mass digitization.  Read more here.  
  • Sirius XM - a judge certifies a class action suit over pre-1972 recordings.  Read more here.  
  • NMPA Elections - AIMP LA Board member & Bicycle Music CEO Jake Wisely and AIMP NY Executive Director & Carlin America President/CEO Caroline Bienstock both appear on the NMPA 2015 Board of Directors election ballot. Please vote!  A new NMPA Board will be announced at its Annual Meeting on June 17 in New York.  
  • The Performance Right: A World In Transition - You won't want to miss part 2 of board member Todd Brabec's article in our Copyright Corner (the 3rd and final part coming in July!).
  • Wolfgang's Vault - the NMPA has filed a suit against them on behalf of 26 music publishing companies.  Read more here.  
  • Sony, Spotify - music managers call for change after contract leak. Read more here.   
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Michael Simon/HFA


Michael S. Simon is the President and CEO of the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), a premier American music rights management organization.  Previously, Simon was HFA’s Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel and Chief Strategic Officer.   

Since joining HFA in 2001, Simon has focused his efforts on creating new opportunities for the company and the over 48,000 publishers it represents while also improving HFA’s traditional mechanical licensing business.  He has led the company’s expansion beyond its traditional mechanical licensing business and created its Slingshot rights management service, which provides customized, outsourced solutions for music distributors.  His team has developed groundbreaking licensing arrangements for online music and music video services, ringtones, Express Live recordings, lyrics, guitar tablature, background music, digital jukeboxes, and other new media opportunities.  
 
Before joining HFA, Simon was the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel for Razorfish, Inc. where he guided the company’s impressive growth from a small private company of 18 people to a public company of over 2,000 employees in five years. Prior to Razorfish, he founded Simon Ventures, an artist management and consulting company, whose roster included such major label acts as the Honeydogs and the Gigolo Aunts.  Before that, Simon was Senior Director of Legal Affairs at Polygram Records. He also served as an associate in the entertainment and intellectual property law practice of Levine Thall Plotkin & Menin and the corporate, litigation and entertainment practice of Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman. 
 
Simon received his Juris Doctor from the Columbia University School of Law, and he graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College.  He lives with his wife and three children in New York and owns independent record label Simon Recordings.  
 
 
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Copyright Alliance Update On The CODE Act House Judiciary Committee members Reps. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Tom Marino (R-PA) have been working to draft legislation, the Copyrigh …

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The Copyright Office Orphan Works & Mass Digitization report On June 4th, the Copyright Office released a report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, available here.  The report r …

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