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CLE 6: International Creative Lawyering and Future Growth

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Creative technology and business solutions guided by creative lawyering around the world.


MODERATOR Jeff Liebenson Principal Liebenson Law

Jeff Liebenson is President of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and a Principal of Liebenson Law in New York City.

He concentrates his practice in the music and television industries, digital entertainment and intellectual property law.

Jeff represented EMI in the first iTunes negotiations with Apple, Sony in establishing its Pressplay online service with Universal, and Gracenote in obtaining digital lyric licensing rights from the music publishing industry.

He previously was chief legal/business affairs executive for the international division of BMG Entertainment overseeing music, video, videogame and digital activities in 53 countries.

Jeff negotiates complex rights agreements, acquisitions, joint ventures among multi-territorial companies and distribution agreements. He consults on copyright and trademark issues, including those relating to digital entertainment.

Jeff is the Editor of "User-Generated Content: New Business Models and Legal Issues," published by the IAEL.

Yahaya Maikori Managing Law Allianz

Yahaya is the Managing Partner of Law Allianz - a law firm with core practice areas in corporate and Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment law.

A graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife;He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993. During the course of his professional career He has been legal adviser to Aso Savings and Loans Plc., Company Secretary to First Alliance Pension and Benefits Limited (now ARM Pensions).

An active member of both the International Bar Association, the law society of England and wales – he seats on the Entertainment committee of the Nigeria Bar Association, the Nigeria Copyrights Commission’s Copyright law Review committee and an alternate director in the Copyright Society of Nigeria.

Currently Vice Chairman of Chocolate City Group (a company he co - founded) winners of the 2011 Omidyar/Legatum sponsored “Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship” held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Yahaya has published and presented papers on a range of Intellectual Property and entertainment issues at various local and international for a and continues to consult for private and government institutions on related matters.

Tahir Basheer Partner Sheridans

Tahir is a Partner at Sheridans and is a highly experienced Intellectual Property, commercial and digital media lawyer.

Tahir’s practice has a particular focus on the convergence of creative content and technology and he has built up a reputation “as the go to person on digital”. He set up the technology practice and heads up the brands team and also covers the areas of music, fashion, computer games and entertainment software.

He advises a range of corporate and private clients both within the UK and abroad on everything from the development of new business models and distribution channels through to the management, exploitation and protection of their trademarks and brands. His clients range from international corporate entities, start-up technology companies, creative and digital agencies, entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, musicians, designers and creative industry management teams.

Recent work includes:

Sale of iconic British style publication to a multimedia international company;
Advising on all music licensing agreements with third party record companies and music publishers/collection societies together with the joint venture agreement with the telecommunications company around the roll out of a mobile music service;
Advising on joint venture agreement between national heritage brand and international fashion brand on a co-branded product range;
Providing high level legal and risk advice with respect to content distribution for an international sporting body on third party social network platforms;
Advising on legal and contractual agreements with respect to world tour of a world famous musician.
Tahir is a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and also The Industry London.

He is also a guest lecturer at Kings College London University, SOAS University, Queen Mary University and the Brit School and a judge on the annual International Monroe Moot Competition at Oxford University. Tahir has also appeared as a judge on various technology strategy board competitions.

Anne-Marie Pecoraro Partner Aklea Societe D' Avocats

Anne-Marie Pecoraro is a renowned French intellectual property, technologies and entertainment lawyer. She works as a partner in the evaluation and defence of intellectual property rights, and in the management of any project relating to intellectual properties, whether literary or artistic. Her expertise has been recognized in the professional environment, in the press, and in national and international legal directories, most notably within technology and media sectors. As a result of her vast experience in intellectual property and media, Anne-Marie Pecoraro has acquired valuable expertise in strategic communication, ranging from privacy right protection to crisis communication. She acts for numerous talents and key actors in the music and entertainment industries.