CLE 8: Termination of Copyright Transfers and Other Capital Ideas
Termination of copyright transfers under the Copyright Act, the PROTECT IP Act, the Performance Rights Act, and other serious legislation that will rock the music business are topics that will be tackled by lawyers and lobbyists.
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).
Tim Matson is a transactional lawyer, litigator and intellectual property attorney with over 18 years of experience representing musicians, filmmakers, media talent, writers, visual artists and other creators of artistic works in all aspects of their entertainment careers. Tim has handled major publishing, recording, licensing and other agreements in the entertainment industries, as well as IP components of business acquisitions and asset transfers involving patented technologies, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He has worked with several legacy artists on copyright transfer termination issues, including the firm’s filing of the nation’s first post-1978 notice of termination. Tim also represents emerging and mid-sized businesses as they develop, market and distribute creative content and technology, such as computer software, video games, and on-line products and services. Tim is a frequent lecturer and author on entertainment and IP issues.
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.