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September 20, 2013

Beyond Berne and Borders: The Cross-Border Harmonization (or Not) of Digital Music Rights

CSUSA New York Chapter

In Association with the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL)

Beyond Berne and Borders:
The Cross-Border Harmonization (or Not) of Digital Music Rights

 For decades, music publishers, record labels and collecting societies have administered their rights on a country-by-country basis. This system functioned well when services generally operated within a single territory.However, advances in digital technology have enabled the advent of multi-territorial services, sparking a demand for "one-stop shopping" for the licensing of digital music rights.

While each country has its own national copyright law, they are harmonized to some extent by the Berne Convention and other international agreements.Recently, however, the European Union has made further efforts to harmonize the process of cross-border licensing throughout Europe.

Through the lens of digital music, this panel presentation will address how copyright licensing in the European Union differs from US practice, and how copyright licensing developments in Europe have impacted digital content delivery across borders. 


  • Alexander Ross, Partner, Wiggin LLP (London)
  • Eric Lauvaux, Partner, NomoS (Paris)
  • Lee Knife, Executive Director, Digital Media Association (Washington, DC)
  • Jeff Liebenson (Moderator), Liebenson Law (New York, NY)

Date: Friday, September 20, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Networking Reception (cash bar)
           12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.: LUNCH
             1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Program (Please note: event will end promptly)
Place: The Princeton Club, 15 West 43rd Street, New York, NY
Cost: $70.00 (members) $85.00 (non-members) $33.00 (students - Limited)
CLE: The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is a NY CLE Approved Provider.  This course is Transitional and Nontransitional, and provides1.0 Professional Practice Credit (based on 50 minutes).

Registration Deadline: Noon – September 16, 2013

Credit Card Payments: Online

Check Payments: Please complete registration form & mail it to arrive by 9/16/2013: The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 1 East 53rd Street, New York NY 10022-4233

Very truly yours,

Craig Mende & Matthew Moore

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