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CLE 9: Pennies, Pounds and Piastres: Global Collection of Publishing Money

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If a song is heard around the world, who collects what from where, and who gets paid? Publishers and advisors will discuss the collection of songwriter revenues that may or may not be getting paid to the writers.



MODERATOR Bob Donnelly Attorney Lommen Abdo Law Firm

Bob Donnelly has been a full-time music lawyer for 35 years. He has represented artists or managers of artists who have sold three hundred million albums. His clients include several members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Jazz Hall of Fame. Former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer gave Donnelly much of the credit for settling a case with the major record labels resulting in a payment to artists of $55 million dollars in back-due royalties. Bob Donnelly is a frequent contributor to Billboard Magazine and other legal and music industry trade journals. He is also a full-time music geek. He has been awarded 40 platinum record plaques and was recently named to the "Super Lawyers" list and as one of the 100 most distinguished lawyers in the U.S. of Irish-American descent.

Julian Bentley Partner Swan Turton LLP

After graduating from the University of Exeter, Julian worked initially as a tour manager, overseeing the live performances of musicians in the UK and Europe. He then moved into management, guiding the careers of recording artists, actors and comedians.

After further studies to become a lawyer, Julian joined the Simkins Partnership in 1991. He completed his training in 1993, became a partner in 1997 and was a founding partner of Swan Turton in 2005.

His clients include major and independent record companies, music publishers, recording artists, composers, record producers, advertising agencies and comedians.

Julian holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in UK and European Law of Copyright and Related Rights from King's College London.

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Dan Coleman Managing Partner A Side Music LLC

Dan Coleman is a music publisher who represents songwriters, producers, and composers, including Bootsy Collins (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic), Andy Summers (The Police), Michael Beinhorn (Korn, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson), and jazz luminaries such as Brad Mehldau & Joe Lovano.

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Juilliard School. His original music has been commissioned and performed by major American symphonies and chamber ensembles. He has arranged and co-written music for Lisa Loeb, Calexico, Pieta Brown, and others.

Dan was involved in John Legend's early career, including working as his publishing administrator for several years, during which time he helped to found "A" Side Music LLC.

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