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Monday, May 14 • 10:00am - 10:55am
The Music Modernization Act: How Does It Affect You?

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Since enactment of the current Copyright Act more than 40 years ago, various interest groups have debated proposals to keep the law up-to-date in light of constant changes in the music industry and the related technology. Topics of on-going debate have included ensuring fairness in royalty payments to music creators from new digital music platforms, streamlining statutory music licensing schemes, and the creation of a comprehensive music database to benefit those creators and the new online platforms that provide music to the public.

Although controversy continues, the Music Modernization Act, or HR577, was passed unanimously with 415 votes in the U.S. House of Representatives and is headed to the Senate for review. HR577 is supported by a large number of industry groups representing both music creators and digital service providers who believe the Act presents true and constructive change and, ultimately, a victory for our industry. Our panel will explore this legislation and discuss how it will affect not only music creators and DSPs, but other entrepreneurs and entities that use music to enhance their business.

Supporting sponsors include Dickinson Wright and Leavens, Strand & Glover

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John Beiter

Partner, Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC
John Beiter is a partner in the Nashville office of Leavens Strand & Glover, practicing entertainment and intellectual property law. Beiter has represented a diverse array of clients, from recording artists and producers, record companies, songwriters and music publishers, to documentary... Read More →

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Rick Carnes

President, Songwriters Guild of America
Rick Carnes has served as President of the Songwriters Guild of America since 2004. He is also a songwriter, earning 40 platinum albums with songs recorded by artists including Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Steve Wariner, Pam Tillis, and Dean Martin. Carnes’s song, "I Can't... Read More →
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Jacqueline Charlesworth

Attorney, Covington & Burling, LLP
Jacqueline Charlesworth is Of Counsel at the law firm Covington & Burling, where she practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on music copyright issues. Before joining Covington’s New York office, she served as General Counsel & Associate Register of Copyrights at the... Read More →
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Ted Goldthorpe

--, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Ted Goldthorpe has been at Sony/ATV Music for 22 years, where he is currently the Supervisor of North American Publishing Administrations. In his current role, he handles all of the ‘legacy’ catalogs of both Sony/ATV and EMI, including the Rolling Stones, Queen, David Bowie, the... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am CDT
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