Monday, January 5, 2009

FMC at APAP 2009!

Attention, New Yorkers!

FMC is partnering with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and FTM Arts Law to present a special copyright/royalties track at the 2009 APAP Conference in NYC. This years' event takes place at the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels in the Big Apple from January 9-13.

The three sessions FMC is participating in will look at the basics of copyright, contracts and royalties (Sunday, Jan. 11), a best practices discussion/support group for folks who have encountered royalties and copyright issues in their presenting/producing work (Monday, Jan. 12), and a policy update on where the copyright landscape is headed (Friday, Jan. 9).

Scroll down for more info on the presentations/discussions.

Media Ownership Matters! + 2008 Copyright Policy Roundup Friday, 1/9/09, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sheraton New York in Conference Room I

Wondering if radio is ever going to play anything good again? Sure the internet has changed everything, but will “net neutrality” change the internet? So what are these “white spaces?" Heard about Orphan Works, but not sure what they are? So when are they going to straighten out all the “gray areas” around royalties and copyright anyway? Will the webcasting rates ever be settled?

Join Future of Music Coalition for an artist and presenter-friendly roundup of major technology, copyright, and policy issues from 2008, as well as the first look at what to expect from the new administration in 2009.


Copyrights and Licenses: Myths and Misunderstandings Sunday, January 11, 2009 from 9:30am – 11:30am Hilton, Sutton North

As with other industries that create and sell valuable assets, the performing arts industry creates, manages, and sells passion and experiences in the form of words, sound, images, design, and movement. Issues regarding the ownership of and rights to use such materials are important not only for those who create them, but the managers and agents who promote them and the presenters and venues which display them. The internet, digitalization, and other new technologies have made these issues even more complex.

With expertise in representing and counseling clients in the fields of entertainment and the performing arts, and in simplifying and de-mystifying the complex and arcane, Brian Taylor Goldstein will present basic concepts and practical considerations in the areas of copyright protection, rights management, and licensing the rights necessary to use materials created and owned by others. He will also be on hand to address your specific questions and concerns.

- How can I protect my own work?
- When do I need or not need to obtain permission to use someone else’s work?
- How do I obtain permission to use someone else’s work?
- What special challenges are posed by the Internet?


Intermediate/Advanced Copyright Issues Roundtable Monday, 1/12/09, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sheraton New York in Conference Room I

A follow up to Sunday morning’s “Copyrights and Licenses: Myths and Misunderstandings” basic session, this interactive session brings together presenters, agents and artists to share horror stories, best practices, and get the straight facts on practical issues around royalties, copyrights, and

Hosted by Ann Chaitovitz from Future of Music Coalition and Brian Taylor Goldstein of FTM Arts Law.

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