Performing Rights Organizations: Evolution or Devolution?
Friday, March 18
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
The Department of Justice determination in 2016 is likely to dramatically transform performing rights organizations ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and Global (the “PROs”). It will also implicate changes for everyone involved in the music publishing industry. Will the major publishers pull out of the PROs? Will there be a partial withdrawal of PROs’ digital rights? Will the PROs be allowed to bundle license for performing, mechanical and synchronization rights? Will any single PRO be allowed to license 100% of a composition including rights controlled by another PRO? These legal, business, and political issues will be fully examined by empaneled thought leaders.
Lommen Abdo PA
Bob Donnelly has been a full-time music lawyer for over 40 years. He has represented artists or managers of artists who have sold 300 million albums. His clients include members of the Rock and R...Show the rest
Bob Donnelly has been a full-time music lawyer for over 40 years. He has represented artists or managers of artists who have sold 300 million albums. His clients include members of the Rock and Roll and the Jazz Halls of Fame. Donnelly was given much of the credit for settling a case with the record labels resulting in a payment to artists of $55 million in back-due royalties. Bob Donnelly is a frequent contributor to legal and music industry journals. He has been awarded 40 platinum record plaques and named to the Billboard list of the 50 top lawyers in the music industry. He also formed the music publishing administration company, Modern Works Music, with composer Dan Coleman which administers a catalog of many important compositions.Hide the rest
EVP & General Counsel
National Music Publishers' Association
As Executive VP and General Counsel, Danielle Aguirre oversees all of NMPA’s legal, business and policy objectives. Her role is to protect and enforce the copyrights and intellectual property inte...Show the rest
As Executive VP and General Counsel, Danielle Aguirre oversees all of NMPA’s legal, business and policy objectives. Her role is to protect and enforce the copyrights and intellectual property interests of songwriters and music publishers. Ms. Aguirre aggressively fights digital piracy and infringement litigating on behalf of NMPA’s members. She negotiates model licenses with services and labels to ensure publishers and songwriters are compensated fairly for the use of their songs. Ms. Aguirre oversees NMPA’s takedown program, which focuses on shutting down or licensing illegal websites and apps. Before the Copyright Royalty Board, she represents publishers and songwriters in their fight for fair mechanical royalty rates under Section 115 of the Copyright Act.
Prior to joining NMPA, Ms. Aguirre was an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP. She received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her BA from Georgetown University.Hide the rest
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
As Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Broadcast Music, Inc., Stuart Rosen reports directly to BMI President & CEO Michael O’Neill, and oversees global operations of the BMI Legal department...Show the rest
As Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Broadcast Music, Inc., Stuart Rosen reports directly to BMI President & CEO Michael O’Neill, and oversees global operations of the BMI Legal department, directing the organization’s legal affairs as well as all attorneys working within the company.
Rosen joined BMI in 1996 as an Associate Attorney, and was promoted to Senior Attorney in 1999, to Assistant Vice President, Legal Affairs in 2002, to Vice President, Legal in September 2007 and to his current position in August 2011. From 2004 through 2011, he also served as the company’s Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining BMI, he was in private practice.
Rosen received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College in 1981, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1984.Hide the rest
Global Music Rights