Content, Copyright, and Commerce
Thursday, March 17
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
This has been quite a year for the music business and music copyright! Between the U.S. Copyright Office's report recommending changes to federal music copyright laws, ground-breaking decisions in BMI's rate court, DOJ reviews of regulatory frameworks, an ongoing debate about transparency and money flows in music licensing and emerging digital business models such as streaming, there is certainly no shortage of updates when it comes to current digital music business issues.
A panel of experts ranging from digital service providers, copyright lawyers, rights management / technology gurus to licensing business development executives will discuss hot-button music business issues.
VP Digital Licensing
David Levin joined Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) as Vice President VP, Digital Licensing in 2012. In his current role, he is responsible for the growth of digital revenue and developing strategies to...Show the rest
David Levin joined Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) as Vice President VP, Digital Licensing in 2012. In his current role, he is responsible for the growth of digital revenue and developing strategies to address digital market needs.
Mr. Levin currently oversees BMI's digital licensing efforts and together with his team has consistently grown BMI’s revenue, culminating in a record-setting year in 2015 as the first U.S. PRO to exceeded $100 million in digital. This growth marked a 65% increase over last year.
Prior to joining BMI, Mr. Levin spent 12 years at Sony Music Entertainment. While at Sony, he established the digital and mobile business channels that started as a small nontraditional segment and ended with a majority of the company’s core business. During his tenure, he held several positions including Senior Vice President, Digital Sales, and Vice President, New Media.
Before joining Sony, he ran marketing for Getmusic.com, a joint venture between BMG and Universal, where he oversaw all aspects of promoting the launch of the groundbreaking Internet media and entertainment portal. Mr. Levin began his career with BMG Entertainment as a College Representative and grew with the company from the height of the CD boom to the dawn of the modern digital age.
Mr. Levin holds an MBA from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Management and a BA in Sociology from Rutgers University.
SVP, Bus & Legal Affairs
Sony Music Entertainment
VP of Global Content Licensing
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Gary Greenstein is a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on intellectual property, technology licensing, and commercial transacti...Show the rest
Gary Greenstein is a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on intellectual property, technology licensing, and commercial transactions, with specialized expertise in the digital exploitation of intellectual property. He represents a wide range of technology companies in licensing transactions with copyright owners in the music, film and television industries, including large public companies and early-stage startups. He also regularly advises companies in litigation, audits, settlement negotiations, mergers & acquisitions, and initial public offerings.
Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini, Gary served as general counsel and corporate secretary of SoundExchange, Inc. (2005-2006) and the vice president of business and legal affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America (“RIAA”) (2001-2005). Before joining the RIAA, he was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Arnold & Porter (1996-2001) where he represented, among others, Universal Music Group, the RIAA, and the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. Prior to his legal career, Gary was the director of planned giving at The Wilderness Society and a fiduciary real estate asset manager at The Boston Company.
Gary is a frequent moderator and speaker on digital media issues and has spoken at numerous entertainment industry conferences (South by Southwest, Digital Music Forum East, Digital Music Forum West, Canadian Music Week, ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries, CMJ, SanFran MusicTech Summit) and has spoken at Harvard Law School, George Washington University School of Law, Chicago-Kent School of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Gary received his JD from the George Washington University Law School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.Hide the rest