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April 16, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

GOT INFRINGEMENT?

WHAT EVERY PUBLISHER MUST KNOW ABOUT PROTECTING THEIR COPYRIGHTS

Learn How To Defend And Litigate Your Songs from the experts: Attorneys Barry Mallen and Robert Besser, musicologist Gerald Eskelin, and UCLA/Columbia professor Charles Cronin discuss defending and litigating copyright infringements. The panel will include an overview on infringement plus an in depth anatomy of historic cases. Required attendance for any publisher or songwriter!

Robert Besser, Esq. defended numerous cases including Isley Brothers and Kingsmen for "Louie Louie".

Charles Cronin, B.A. Oberlin; J.D. American; M.A., Ph.D. Stanford; M.A. Information Systems, Berkeley, is a musician and lawyer. He is a visiting fellow at Yale Law School and developer of the Columbia Law Library Music Plagiarism Project.

Gerald Eskelin – Musicologist has testified on behalf of John Fogerty, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the Isley Brothers, the Spin Doctors and "Roger Rabbit" composer Allan Sylvestri and provided musicological services for performers including: Janet Jackson, Madonna, Elton John, Faith Hill, Kid Rock, Green Day, and ZZ Top.

Barry Mallen, Esq. defended numerous lawsuits for alleged copyright infringement of musical compositions, including cases involving recording artists such as The Rolling Stones, Mariah Carey, Amy Grant, Ice Cube, Robert Kelly, KISS, The Beastie Boys, Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Destiny’s Child, Gregg Allman and Kenny Loggins.

And special thanks to William Hochberg, Esq. a contributing AIMP member who helped organize this panel.  William's firm High Mountain Law represents top songwriters and publishers in transactions and litigation. 

AIMP After the Panel

The panel discussion continues here with AIMP After the Panel from our April 16, 2009 luncheon GOT INFRINGEMENT? What every publisher must know about protecting their copyrights.

Panelists Barry Mallen, Esq., Gerald Eskelin, and Charles Cronin answer your questions on:
 
  • ·         Joe Satriani (“Fly”) vs. Coldplay (“Vida”)
  • ·         Statute of limitations on infringement cases
  • ·         The three note myth
  • ·         Chord progression myths
  • ·         Defending/litigating “beats” in Urban/Hip-Hop songs
 

Click here to see their answers.

Panelists

Robert Besser, Esq.

Charles Cronin

Gerald Eskelin
Musicologist

Barry Mallen, Esq.
Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

Moderators

Richard Feldman
CEO, Artists First Music/Vice President, AIMP

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood. Valet parking, on site $7. Call 323-848-5100 for directions.


from left moderator Richard Feldman (AIMP VP), Barry Mallen, Robert Besser, Esq., Gerald Eskelin

Photos by Janet Landrum courtesy of House of Blues Sunset

Additional Speaker Information

Mr. Besser has defended numerous cases including Isley Brothers and Kingsmen for "Louie Louie".

Charles Cronin is a musician and a lawyer from Los Angeles. He has an undergraduate degree from Oberlin, and an MA and PhD in musicology from Stanford. He earned a JD from American University and a Masters in Information Systems from Berkeley. At Yale Law School’s ISP he will work with Yale Libraries to create an interactive online resource that will assist librarians in resolving copyright questions arising in their day-to-day work.

The musical career of Gerald Eskelin is multi-faceted, spanning five decades of conducting, singing, composing, writing, and teaching. He has received two Grammy nominations for recordings by the L.A. Jazz Choir, which he founded in 1980. Dr. Eskelin recently retired from his position on the music faculty of Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California. Prior to his thirty-year tenure there, he taught at the University of Southern California and California Institute of the Arts. The Hollywood/Nashville/New York legal community regularly utilizes his expertise in regard to music copyright infringement. He has testified in court on behalf of John Fogerty, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the Isley Brothers, the Spin Doctors and "Roger Rabbit" composer Allan Sylvestri. He has also provided musicological services for many celebrated musical performers, including Janet Jackson, Madonna, Elton John, Faith Hill, Kid Rock, Green Day, and ZZ Top.

Mr. Mallen is Co-Chair of the law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips’ national Entertainment Litigation Department. He specializes in entertainment industry, media and intellectual property litigation. He has litigated numerous music copyright cases as counsel for record labels, music publishers and artists such as the Rolling Stones, Robert Kelly, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock and Destiny’s Child.

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