Eighth annual UF Music Law Conference: A new spin on digital media
Musicians, law students, entertainment attorneys and entrepreneurs will band together Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the University of Florida Levin College of Law to discuss legal issues affecting the music industry’s shift to digital media.
The one-day event, “Music Law Conference 2.0: Out of Beta,” in UF Law’s Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (room 180) will explore legal issues that surround downloading and sharing music files and licensing music for video games and Internet radio. Panelists also will share their strategies for effectively promoting local bands through social networking and the Internet. Following the conference, which is free to UF students and faculty, there will be a reception from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and a live music showcase featuring local and regional bands from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Common Grounds in downtown Gainesville. Tickets for the music showcase are $6 if purchased before the event or $8 at the door. Add $2 for those under the age of 21.
Special to this year’s conference will be keynote speaker Josh Greenberg, co-founder, chief technical officer and vice president of products for Grooveshark, a Gainesville-based online music search engine and streaming service. According to the company’s Web site, Grooveshark was founded in 2006 by three UF undergraduates and now streams 50 to 60 million songs per month to more than 400,000 users. Greenberg’s presentation is titled, “Digital Music: Law and Technology.”
“Music consumption has changed radically within the past decade,” Greenberg said. “Peer-to-peer distribution caused a disruption that shook an entire industry and created a radical shift in music consumption. Meanwhile, as artists and record labels started to recognize the potential for monetization through digital music, innovative new business models were created that would have been unimaginable a few years earlier.”
Stephanie Falcon, a second-year law student and vice president of the music law conference, said the conference will offer seven CLEs and the opportunity to network with some of the sharpest legal minds working in music and entertainment law.
“The UF music law conference has really opened a lot of doors for me in the entertainment law industry,” Falcon said. “Last year’s conference allowed me to broaden my knowledge of music and entertainment law issues and provided me the opportunity to meet the leading experts in the field.”
To view the conference and music showcase schedule, speaker bios and to register, visit www.law.ufl.edu/musiclawconf.