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Saturday, April 30 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
Is That Legal?

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All legal agreements have terms and conditions - even when you post your music online. What are some of the common terms and conditions and what do they mean? If you are an emerging music creator, then you probably have some basic legal questions you need answered, starting with "When do I need an attorney?"  This panel will explore these basic legal questions and will give an overview of other issues covering publishing, administrative and co-publishing deals, as well as practical information about handling co-writes and shares, sampling and what else you should do to put your “legal” house in order.

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Jordan Keller, Esq.

Attorney - Lassiter, Tidwell, Davis, Keller & Hogan, PLLC   Jordan Keller is a third generation entertainment industry veteran whose law practice covers a range of specialties, including copyrights, trademarks, IP valuations, rights of publicity, contract negotiations, licensing, estate and probate matters involving intellectual property, litigation, fiduciary interactions, and technology issues. Keller grew up in the entertainment industry giving him an intimate working knowledge of the many legal pitfalls of doing business in the worlds of music, theatre, film and television. His grandfather, Herman Steiger, developed the first "legal" fake book, which provided music royalties to songwriters and publishers for the first time. His father, Jack Keller, wrote the television theme song to Bewitched, among many others... Read More →
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Chris Castle, Esq.

Managing Partner, Attorney - Christian L. Castle Attorneys   Chris Castle is Managing Partner of Christian L. Castle, Attorneys with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Founded in 2004, the firm represents a variety of clients in music, motion pictures and television, as well as technology companies and video game... Read More →
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Matthew J. Middleton, Esq.

Partner, Attorney - Simon, Eisenberg & Baum LLP   Matthew J. Middleton is a Partner at the law firm of Simon, Eisenberg & Baum LLP and is the head of the firm’s entertainment law practice group.  Mr. Middleton has over 13 years of experience as a transactional attorney providing counsel to recording artists, songwriters, television... Read More →

Leslie E. Frank, Esq.

Attorney - King, Holmes, Paterno & Berliner, Esq.
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Doug Wood

President – Omni Music | Composer – The Omni Music Library |   | Composer, producer and ASCAP Board Member Doug Wood has written and produced music for hundreds of television programs and commercials, including Saturday Night Live, Dateline NBC, Conan O’Brien, promos for ABC, CBS, ESPN and NBC, national spots for Coca Cola, Volkswagen, Verizon and scores of others. A classically-trained pianist and oboist, and composition major at Manhattan School of Music (as well as rock guitarist and band leader), Wood is the founder and CEO of the Omnimusic Libraries. During his tenure on the ASCAP Board, he is Writer Chairman of the Operations and Administration Committee and serves on the Finance and Legal Strategy Committees. Wood has spent countless hours helping ASCAP members resolve their issues with the organization. As a result of his successful protest in 1991, ASCAP implemented the Special Library Survey which has distributed millions of dollars in royalties to non-feature writers and publishers. In the mid-1990s, Wood founded the Professional Composers of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young composers about the music business. He is the author of The Commercial... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2011 11:45am - 1:00pm
Silver Lake 3rd Floor

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