2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Fighting For Their Rights: A Discussion on The Beastie Boys, Fair Use, and Copyright

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A GoldieBlox ad featured an unauthorized parody version of the Beastie Boys song "Girls," gaining press and attention. With legal activity brewing between the involved parties, an important debate has been sparked within the music industry on the issue of the rights of artists versus those seeking usage rights without payment or even permission. Get an overview of the Beasties case and the underlying copyright concepts and questions addressed by it.



Amy Rosen

VP Music Licensing & Supervision

Grey Worldwide

Amy Rosen is VP Music Licensing/Supervision at Grey Worldwide. She is honored to be a trusted resource for the identification and procurement of songs for Grey clients to use in their advertising and marketing campaigns. Brands she has worked with most recently include The National Football League, DirecTV, Crown Royal, E*TRADE, Pringles, and many more. In addition to her work in advertising, Amy has also worked as a music supervisor in film and television.


Leslie Frank


King Holmes Paterno & Berliner LLP

Rhett Miller


Old 97's


Tom DeSavia

Head of Creative Svcs

Songs Music Publishing

Prior to joining Songs, DeSavia was a partner/VP of Creative for the Los Angeles-based independent publishing company Notable Music. He came to Notable from a long career at ASCAP, where he served as SVP of Membership, heading up the PRO’s pop/rock staff, managing offices in LA, NYC, and Chicago. Earlier in his career, DeSavia spent six years in the A&R department at Elektra Entertainment where he both signed and developed talent and worked on projects with many iconic artists on the label’s historic roster. DeSavia began his career as a music journalist for the trade magazine Cash Box, where he served as West Coast Editor. He currently serves on the west coast board of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, previously he served on the board of directors for both the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

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