2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Performing Rights Organizations: Evolution or Devolution?

Friday, March 18
2:00PM - 3:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 9BC
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.

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Bob Donnelly at SXSW

Bob Donnelly


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...

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Danielle Aguirre

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...

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Gary Greenstein at SXSW

Gary Greenstein


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...

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Stuart Rosen at SXSW

Stuart Rosen

SVP/General Counsel


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...

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Susan Genco


Global Music Rights


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