Fifth Annual UF Music Law Conference Goes ‘Beyond the CD’

GAINESVILLE, FL—This year’s University of Florida Music Law Conference will go “Beyond the CD,” a theme centering discussion around the music business as it relates to film, television, video games, new distribution and emerging technologies.

Presented by the UF Levin College of Law and UF Student Government, the annual Music Law Conference and Live Music Showcase will be held Feb. 9-10. The conference will include a live music showcase, Friday, Feb. 9, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., at Common Grounds, 210 S.W. 2nd Ave. in Downtown Gainesville. Panel discussions, which will examine the music business, will take place Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the law school’s Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (Holland Hall room 180).

Celebrating its fifth year of connecting musicians, lawyers, students, academics, policy makers and entertainment executives, the conference will explore new forms of distribution, ethical issues, and protecting musicians’ rights. The conference is free for all UF students and faculty with a Gator1 card (others must pay a registration fee). Seating is limited, so anyone interested in attending should register now.

Confirmed panelists include the Florida Film and Entertainment Commissioner, a representative from Universal Music Group, general counsel for Prince, numerous top level entertainment lawyers, nationally recognized music artists, entertainment business executives, prominent academics, and leaders from the Florida Bar Entertainment and Sports Law Section. Saturday’s schedule starts with registration and breakfast at 9 a.m.

The first panel starts at 10 a.m. with a discussion on “Digital Markets,” covering such topics as ringtones, video games and software. At 11:15 a.m. a panel on “Entertainment Markets” will discuss film, TV, and advertising. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. will feature keynote speaker James Oliverio, director of UF’s Digital Worlds Institute. A multimedia composer, educator and music producer, Oliverio’s credits range from internationally performed symphonic scores to five Emmy Award winning soundtracks for film and television. The afternoon panels begin at 2 p.m. with a discussion on ethics, followed by a panel on “Protecting Rights” at 3:15 p.m., which will include copyright, publishing, and royalties. The day’s final panel on “New Distribution” will start at 4:30 p.m. and focus on such subjects as Apple’s iTunes, the web, satellite, and myspace.com. For more information, contact conference director Brian Frankel at brianjd@ufl.edu.

Published: January 31st, 2007

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