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June 17, 2011

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

Entertainment Law Webinar (Eminem v. UMG Case)

Sponsored by: King & Ballow Law Offices

AIMP referrals can participate for free.  If interested, e-mail brooks@kingballow.com. 
(Regular Cost: $99)

Richard S. Busch, a Partner in the Litigation Section of King & Ballow, will discuss the landmark decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in which the court held that Universal Music’s agreements with digital services such as Apple’s iTunes, and others, were licenses and not contracts for the sales of records, and that F.B.T. Productions and Em2M Inc. were therefore entitled to 50% of the net receipts received by Universal from those services for permanent downloads and master ringtones, and not the smaller percentage of artist royalties due for record sales under Eminem’s recording agreement with Universal and its affiliate Aftermath Records. During the webinar, Mr. Busch, who represented F.B.T. and Em2M, at the trial and on appeal, discusses the arguments made in this case by both sides, and will provide his analysis of the potential impact for other artists and other agreements.

During the course of the last several years, Mr. Busch has successfully represented music clients in some of the most important cases in the entertainment area. In addition to F.B.T. Productions, LLC, et al., v. Aftermath Records, et al., which is the primary subject of this webinar, Mr. Busch represented Bridgeport Music, Inc., and Westbound Records, Inc., in a copyright infringement action against Bad Boy Records, the record label owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Universal Music in a trial that resulted in a $4.4 million jury award in favor of Bridgeport and Westbound, including a finding of willful copyright infringement, and an award of punitive damages against the defendants, all arising from the "sampling" of Bridgeport and Westbound's music in the Notorious B.I.G. song Ready To Die. Mr. Busch also successfully represented Bridgeport Music, Inc., in a copyright infringement  trial, and appeal, against Universal Music involving the unlawful copying of portions of Bridgeport's song Atomic Dog, which the New York Times hailed as one of the five most important legal decisions of 2009.

In addition to his entertainment practice, Mr. Busch has also successfully represented numerous clients in all types of commercial litigation matters, and has won numerous jury trials for such clients.

This webinar is approved for one (1) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. King & Ballow will automatically report the CLE credit for Tennessee bar members only. A Certificate of Completion will be e-mailed to the participants who are seeking CLE credit outside Tennessee so you can apply for CLE credit for this webinar to your state bar.

System Requirements:

Windows Operating Systems - Windows XP - Windows Vista - Windows 7

Required Hardware/Software

Pentium 4 or newer processor that supports SSE2
1024MB of RAM
Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3.6 or Safari 5
Adobe Flash 10 or greater

Mac Operating Systems - Mac OS X 10.5 - Mac OS X 10.6

Required Hardware/Software

Macintosh computer with an Intel x86 processor
1024 MB of RAM
Firefox 3.6 or Safari 5
Adobe Flash 10 or greater

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