Lindsay Stafford Mader 2014-02-25 10:50:46
A lawyer’s guide to South by Southwest 2014. Are you like many Texas lawyers who spend much of their time working at a desk, shoulders tense from hours hunched over the keyboard and eyes a blur after staring at a computer from dawn until dusk? Consider getting out of the office for a few days (or even a few hours) to breathe the crisp March air and rub shoulders with a smorgasbord of international music, film, and tech fans at the 2014 South by Southwest Festival in Austin, which runs from March 7 through March 16. SXSW offers lawyers a variety of CLE sessions, as well as panel discussions on current legal topics. We have compiled a schedule of relevant events for Texas lawyers. More information and a comprehensive list of lawyer-related SXSW sessions can be found at texasbar.com/sxsw. Events are subject to change, so please stay up-to-date via official SXSW channels (sxsw.com). CLE events are denoted in green and are located at the Austin Convention Center, Room 9ABC. All SXSW registrants can attend, and attorneys are given priority if capacity is exceeded. Sessions are offered at no additional cost. Other events require a specific badge, which is noted in italics at the end of each event listing. FRIDAY, MARCH 7 3:30-4:30: Clubbing the Patent Trolls: How We Can Fight Back. How to protect clients from the “patent lawsuit tsunami.” Alan Schoenbaum, general counsel to Rackspace; U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries; Julie Samuels, attorney with Electronic Frontier Foundation; and Michael Petricone of Consumer Electronics Association. Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB. Interactive. SUNDAY, MARCH 9 3:30-4:30: The Fragile Law That Protects Online Speech. Examining the impact and future of Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act. Ari Shahdadi, general counsel to Tumblr; Eric Goldman, director of High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law; and Jeffrey Hermes, director of the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Austin Convention Center, Room 12AB. Interactive. MONDAY, MARCH 10 3:30-4:30: Twibel: Fight Bad Speech With More Speech. Using existing defamation law to encourage civil discourse and deter defamatory speech on social media. Catherine Cameron of Stetson University College of Law and Ellyn Angelotti of the Poynter Institute. Sheraton Hotel. Interactive. TUESDAY, MARCH 11 11:00-noon: The Sentient Economy: Law and Policy for IoT. A legal primer on the intersection of life and the Internet. Gerard Stegmaier, of counsel to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. 12:30-1:30: We All Copy Stuff. But How Close Is Too Close? Case law on IP infringement in the age of digital content. Bradley Gross of the Law Office of Bradley Gross. Driskill Hotel. Music/Film/Interactive. THURSDAY, MARCH 13 4:00-6:00: State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section Mixer. Network with fellow entertainment industry attorneys, business professionals, and performing artists. All members of TESLAW are invited, even if not attending SXSW. Iron Cactus at 6th Street and Trinity. FRIDAY, MARCH 14 11:00-noon: Entertainment Law Ethics. Advice for entertainment lawyers on permissible and impermissible conduct under the Rules of Professional Conduct. Lawrence Waks of Jackson Walker; Wallace Jefferson of Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend; and Stephen McConnico of Scott, Douglass & McConnico. 3:30-4:30: Music Law Up, Down, and Around Capitol Hill. The impact of major policy initiatives regarding music law. Peter Strand of Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler; Rachel Stilwell of Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane; and Jacqueline Charlesworth, senior counsel to the U.S. Copyright Office. SATURDAY, MARCH 15 11:00-noon: Artist Entertainment Deals Beyond 360. Assignment of rights and income participations in the age of nontraditional music events. Paul Bezilla of Lommen Abdo Cole King & Stageberg Law Firm; Susan Abramovitch of Gowling Lafleur Henderson; Paul Friedman of Sony Pictures Entertainment; and Lynn Morrow of Adams and Reese. 2:00-3:00: Screaming About Streaming. Sources, rates, and scale of compensation for streamed music. John Simson of Lommen Abdo Law Firm; Colin Rushing, general counsel to SoundExchange; and Kenneth Steinthal of King & Spalding. 3:30-4:30: Music Lawyer Utopia. A survival guide for entertainment lawyers attempting to navigate the current and future landscape of the music industry. Scott Goldman of the GRAMMY Foundation/MusiCares; Ken Abdo of Lommen Abdo Law Firm; Ron Wilcox, executive counsel to Warner Music Group; and Joseph Serling, of Serling Rooks Ferrera McKoy & Worob.
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