We All Scream for My Stream
Saturday, March 19
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Streaming remains simultaneously the most promising and frustrating development in the digital music revolution. It’s all the rage and causes rage. Questions and uncertainty abound. Where is the money? Who pays what for what? Why? Why not? What is it worth? AAHH! Prominent lawyers make the courts face the music by addressing these and other legal issues while other industry lawyers react, engage, and try to assist clients plan for the future.
Sr Counsel Licensing & Enforcement
As Senior Counsel for Licensing & Enforcement, Brad helps music services that rely on the government’s statutory license (administered by SoundExchange) to fulfill their obligations under the law. ...Show the rest
As Senior Counsel for Licensing & Enforcement, Brad helps music services that rely on the government’s statutory license (administered by SoundExchange) to fulfill their obligations under the law. That means making sure services pay royalties and report playlists accurately and on time, as well as working with start-ups and small stations to meet the license’s requirements. Brad also helps manage royalty rate-setting proceedings and advises internal departments at SoundExchange on how to implement the statutory license’s regulations. Prior to joining the SoundExchange legal team, Brad was an associate at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, where he focused on copyright and trademark matters. Brad graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1998, where he was editor in chief of the student newspaper, and the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004, where he was editor in chief of the Virginia Journal of Law & Technology.Hide the rest
Lommen Abdo PA
John L. Simson has been involved in the music industry since his 1971 signing as a recording artist. His career has included stints as a manager: managing Grammy-winning artists; an entertainment ...Show the rest
John L. Simson has been involved in the music industry since his 1971 signing as a recording artist. His career has included stints as a manager: managing Grammy-winning artists; an entertainment lawyer: currently of-counsel to the firm, Lommen Abdo; an executive: assisting in the creation, branding and launch of SoundExchange, which he ran from 2001-2010 and as a special consultant for artist and business development for Kobalt Music (2012-2013); a creative: Simson received an Emmy nomination in 2001 for his music supervision of “American Roots Music and executive produced a number of audio-visual programs; an advocate: Simson testified before Congress and prepared testimony for other artists who testified before Congress on artist’s rights issues. Simson is currently Executive-in-Residence and Program Director of the new Business and Entertainment major at the Kogod School of Business at American University.” He has participated in projects which have secured 15 Grammy nominations and won 5 Grammies and represented a Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient. In 2013, Simson received the inaugural Future of Music Coalition “Voices of Advocacy” award for his work on artist’s rights. Simson is a past President of the Washington, D.C. Recording Academy chapter, is the Chairman of the Board of the National Recording Preservation Foundation, Chairman of the D.C. Bar Association’s Art, Entertainment, Media & Sports Law Steering Committee and serves on the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. He also serves on the boards of CINE, Video Culture, the Musicianship, and the Music Managers Forum US and the Advisory Boards of the New Music Seminar and Musician’s On Call. Simson was named the Outstanding Volunteer Attorney by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts on their 10th Anniversary celebration and is a graduate of Leadership Music (94).
Simson has been featured on CNN, NBC, PBS, BBC, the NY Times, WSJ, LA Times and other news outletsHide the rest
King & Spalding
Ken Steinthal is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice in King & Spalding’s San Francisco office. He litigates matters in the IP/media sector, before trial and appellate courts and copyr...Show the rest
Ken Steinthal is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice in King & Spalding’s San Francisco office. He litigates matters in the IP/media sector, before trial and appellate courts and copyright tribunals in the United States and internationally.
Ken’s practice is focused on copyright, DMCA safe-harbor and antitrust/rate-setting cases involving the distribution of music and audiovisual content, often involving the establishment of structures and rates for the exploitation of musical works and sound recordings in both traditional and new media distribution environments. In the last two years, Ken has led the recent trial and related court proceedings on behalf of Pandora against ASCAP and BMI, which proceedings have resulted in much-publicized Department of Justice investigations of ASCAP/BMI and their consent decrees. He also is representing NPR in the ongoing “Web IV” proceedings to establish rates and terms for webcasters for the statutory license term 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2020. And he is lead counsel defending a group of defendants (Amazon, Microsoft, eMusic, Apple, Google and The Orchard) in a putative class action alleging systemic failures to clear mechanical rights associated with the sale of downloads in the United States.
Beyond managing these and a number of prior and ongoing media industry litigations, Ken and his team have a robust practice counseling clients engaged in content distribution regarding the copyright risks and implications of their potential and existing product offerings.Hide the rest