Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Shaking Up the Entertainment Industry January 14, 2008
Shaking Up the Entertainment Industry

How Talent Guilds are trying to influence New Media to be among topics discussed by industry attorneys and executives during "Digital Earthquake" symposium

Without a solid knowledge base and creative coping strategies, any entertainment and media lawyer or business affairs executive risks being swallowed up by the "digital earthquake" that is shaking the industries they work in. On Thursday, January 31, these issues will be the subject of The Digital Earthquake: Groundbreaking Changes Affecting Entertainment and Media Law at Southwestern.

This timely event on subjects that are indispensable to any media or entertainment lawyer's practice is the fifth annual conference presented by both Southwestern's Biederman Institute and the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC). Digital Earthquake will explore opportune topics such as how talent guild agreements are trying to influence traditional and new media (a major sticking point in the current writers' strike), licensing and rights for new media distribution (i.e. iPods, cell phones), and the legal challenges of user-generated content.

These three panels, featuring prominent entertainment attorneys and talent industry insiders, will examine how to survive and prosper amidst the turmoil. The event, offering four hours of CLE credit, will begin at 2:30 p.m. (registration begins at 1 p.m.) on the Southwestern campus.

Early registration for the event (before Jan. 15) is $100; after that, it is $125. Student registration is $25. The conference brochure and registration form can be found online. Questions may be directed to Southwestern's Biederman Institute. Parking is available for $6; for a map and directions, click here.