CLE 7: Run for Cover: The Future of Cloud Commerce
As traditional music consumer consumption habits evaporate into the cloud, a new legal and language lexicon casts a mighty shadow over the music business. Will subscriptions and other alternatives present promise or problems in the new music economy?
PAUL BEZILLA is a shareholder at Lommen Abdo Law Firm. For over 25 years, he has provided legal services for an array of high profile individuals and companies in the entertainment industry. His practice encompasses music, film, television, IP, technology, software and licensing. He has been a featured speaker at numerous entertainment industry seminars, frequently lectured on entertainment law topics, and taught courses in music business law.
Jonathan Blaufarb is the Founding Partner of the San Francisco law firm Counsel LLP. His law practice includes advising major recording and performing artists and celebrities, songwriters, producers, record labels, digital music and technology companies, concert promoters, gaming companies, mobile firms, merchandising companies, film and television talent, and authors. Jon was formerly the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office of Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes, LLP, a national music law firm with other offices in New York and Beverly Hills. Before that he was a partner in the Beverly Hills entertainment law firm of Bloom, Hergott, Diemer & Cook. His background also includes complex business and entertainment litigation with Rogers & Wells and Wyman, Bautzer, as well as music transactions as in-house counsel for Sony Music, personal management of recording artists, record retail operations, and performing and recording as a professional musician. Jon is also a principal of the social gaming company Enthusiast Entertainment, music navigation platform TunesMap, gaming and texting platform MogoTxt/MogoBall, and iPhone app development company iPhactory, and a partner in The Network Group, a consulting and connectivity organization bridging Silicon Valley and the entertainment worlds.
DAVID LESSOFF is currently Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. Prior to joining Rhino Entertainment, David spent 9 years as a lawyer in the Business & Legal Affairs Department at Capitol Records and 3 years as the Vice President of Business Affairs at New West Records. David has been a guest speaker at many conferences, universities and CLE seminars. David is and has been for the past 5 years an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School Los Angeles where he teaches the Music Law survey course. Last but not least, David is a member of the bar in California, Washington and Oregon.
DAVID M. GIVEN is a founding partner of Phillips, Erlewine & Given LLP, with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has served as counsel in the copyright infringement case against AVRIL LAVIGNE; in the dispute among members of DEAD KENNEDYS; and in the battle over the right to use the name THE DOOBIE BROTHERS. David has also counseled clients on a range of transactional matters, including on such issues as digital rights management and licensing, digital distribution of entertainment-related content, and international copyright law. David graduated from Cornell University and obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia. He is licensed to practice law in the States of New York and California.