How Stella Got Her Masters Back: Reversion Rights
In 1978, Congress passed legislation that allows authors to reclaim their copyrights after 35 years. You do the math. In 2013, this long unsettled question of whether sound recordings should revert from record labels back to artists will come to a head. Hear from artist and label representatives on what is sure to become one of music's hottest topics.
Daryl P. Friedman is Chief Advocacy & Industry Relations Officer for The Recording Academy (The GRAMMY organization). Called “the D.C. chief for music’s creative community” by Daily Variety, Friedman serves as the Washington representative for the 20,000 members of The Academy and as the liaison to relevant music industry organizations.
Friedman joined The Academy in 1997 and established the organization's Washington office. He initiated and oversees the Academy’s "GRAMMYs on the Hill" initiatives, which include a number of programs to advance the rights of the music community through advocacy, education and dialogue. He speaks on numerous music policy panels each year and has been quoted in media such as The New York Times, Business Week, BBC World News, Variety, Billboard and The Washington Post.
A music industry professional for nearly 30 years, Friedman previously directed external affairs for the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. In 2000, Friedman was named Executive of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association. He serves on the board of the National Music Council, is a member of the Music Education Policy Roundtable, and was an original board member of SoundExchange. Friedman received his M.A. in Arts Management from the American University in Washington, D.C., and his B.A. in Economics from the University of California (Santa Cruz).
Ken Abdo is Chair of Lommen Abdo Law Firm’s Entertainment Law Department which has served as legal counsel to music, film, TV, theatre, literary publishing and media artists for over 27 years. Firm clients include multiple GRAMMY award recipients, gold and platinum recording artists, as well as Oscar, Emmy, Peabody and Spirit award winners. Ken’s focus is on music law and business over all media platforms. Following earlier years as a musician and entertainer, his legal career has been recognized for successful work with developing artists, legacy artists, and music artist estates. He has helped build a national practice and one of the most successful and visible entertainment law practices in the Midwest. His legal team has been at the fore of copyright transfer termination issues since filing the nation’s first post-1978 notice. His commitment to artist advocacy and the legal profession have vaulted him to national leadership positions with The Recording Academy, The American Bar Association and other organizations.
She was 19 when she signed her first record contract. In 1973, Gloria made history as Billboard gave birth to the Disco Action Charts. "Never Can Say Good-Bye" bowed at #1 on the charts and became the first Dance Song to reach #1 status in dance music. Ever since that time, for more than 30 years, Gloria keeps setting the standard. In March of 2001, her single, "Just Keep Thinkin’ About You," topped the Billboard Dance/Club charts at #1, while her international hit "Last Night" with Giorgio Moroder debuted at #1 throughout Europe. In keeping with the theme of #1, Gloria Gaynor was the first to record an album especially for clubs, and the first to do a mega-extended dance medley party mix, releasing 12" dance singles that are now high-end collectors’ items.
In September 2002, Logic Records/BMG released the highly anticipated U.S. LP entitled "I Wish You Love." That was her first worldwide release in 15 years. It gave birth to 4 #1 dance singles on Billboards Dance Charts as well as her first top ten, "I Never Knew", on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Charts. She also recorded a new version of "I Will Survive" in Spanglish, recorded live in Brazil.
Her popularity has continuously flourished into the new millennium. In 2002, she was honored at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo with the coveted LEGEND award presented by long time fan Prince Albert. She made a splash on Broadway in the longest running musical revue, "Smokey Joe’s Café", and on national TV, as a guest star on such popular programs as "That ‘70’s Show" , "Ally McBeal" and more, introducing her to a whole new generation of fans.
Eric J. German is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, and has particular expertise in entertainment, copyright and trademark counseling, transactions, negotiations and litigation, primarily in the areas of music, television, film, video games and software. He has extensive experience representing artists, record labels and music publishing companies, and is a frequent speaker on topics involving music and digital rights. Mr. German serves as Co-Chair of A2IM, Southern California Chapter. He is an Adjunct Professor with Syracuse University's Los Angeles Semester program "Reconciling Arts and Commerce," and is also teaches “Law for Music and Entertainment” as a Part-Time Instructor for the Television-Radio-Film Program of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and The Bandier Program at Syracuse University - L.A.. www.msk.com