2015 Scholarly Symposia Series

Mark your calendars to join us for a very lively debate over which side of the "Blurred Lines" case got it right!

Please join the University of Dayton School of Law on Tuesday, November 3, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., for the 2015 Program in Law and Technology (PILT) Scholarly Symposia Series: Chaos & Copyrights: Clearing Up the "Blurred Lines" of Infringement in Williams v. Bridgeport.

While the recent “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement decision in Williams v. Bridgeport Music, Inc. has sparked many policy debates as to whether and how it may stifle the future of creativity, it also can be unpacked and studied as a practical primer on the “dos-and-don’ts” of musical production from the artist’s angle, as well as copyright litigation strategies from the perspective of the intellectual property practitioner. This year, PILT and its sponsor Porter Wright, are honored to welcome Joe Bogdan and Robert Meitus, two prominent entertainment law practitioners/professors, as well as Judith Finell, the lead musicologist who testified in the Blurred Lines case for the Marvin Gaye estate. Our panel of distinguished speakers will engage us in a lively discussion about this most important and controversial copyright case!

The 2015 symposia fee is $50 which includes cocktails and heavy appetizers. The symposia will be held at the University of Dayton School of Law, Joseph E. Keller Hall, 300 College Park, Dayton, Ohio. CLE Credit is expected as follows at 1.30 total hours (pending approval) general credits.

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

We would like to thank our event sponsor Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP for their generous support.

Registration

Registration will close on October 28, 2015. The registration fee of $50 will cover the symposium, cocktails and heavy appetizers. 

Students: Students must register but will be charged a reduced rate of $10. IPLS dues-paying members, and students whose attendance is mandatory in place of a class, may attend for no charge. Dress is business attire.

Register Online:

Click here to use our secure online registration system.

If you need to cancel, the registration fee, less a handling charge, will be refunded if cancellation is received by October 30, 2015. There will be no refunds after that date.

For more information, contact Nan Holler-Potter at 937-229-4676 or by email at lawandtechnology@udayton.edu.

Speakers


Joe Bogdan

Columbia College Chicago

Joe Bogdan is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Live & Performing Arts Management Major in the Business & Entrepreneurship Department of Columbia College Chicago. He has previously taught intellectual property-related courses at a variety of institutions, including The University of Connecticut School of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and The University of Gdansk.  Joe began his career as an intellectual property attorney in private practice focusing on the leveraged exploitation of entertainment content through new media platforms.  He is the past Sr. Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for World Wrestling Entertainment, where he held primary responsibility for running the day-to-day operation of the Business Affairs of the company.  He is also the founding principal of Silvershift®, a firm providing both legal and business consulting services to clients connecting the lines of thinking between expanding markets and ideas. Read more.

Judith Finell

Judith Finell MusicServices Inc.

Judith Finell is a musicologist and the president of Judith Finell MusicServices Inc., a music consulting firm in New York founded in 1985. She has testified as an expert witness and consulted in various litigations involving copyright infringement over the past 20 years, including most recently as the lead musicologist for the Marvin Gaye family in their dispute over the song “Blurred Lines” with Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. She has also testified in disputes for Michael Jackson, Sony/CBS, Warner-Chappell, the estates of Igor Stravinsky and Bob Marley and before the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington on behalf of the National Music Publishers Assn. in a dispute with the RIAA. Her firm regularly advises entertainment company clients on licensing and risk avoidance in copyright matters, including HBO, Sony Pictures, Disney, Grey Advertising, Lionsgate, LucasFilms, CBS, and others. Read more.


Robert Meitus

Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP

Robert Meitus serves as copyright and entertainment counsel for a wide range of clients including recording artists, composers, record labels, filmmakers, authors, and business clients in a range of creative industries.  His practice involves negotiation of agreements, intellectual property protection and litigation, clearance and licensing.  Meitus has also filed numerous terminations under the U.S. Copyright Act and served as a panelist in the 2014 Copyright Office Music Licensing Roundtable. The represents established clients such as The Alan Parsons Project, Melissa Manchester, Joshua Bell, Cage the Elephant and Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty Records, as well as many newer and developing musical artists in all genres.  Meitus is an adjunct professor of law at the IU Maurer School of Law, annually teaching Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Practicum focused on music law.  He received his J.D. from the Maurer School of Law, his Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University, and his B.A. from Wabash College and is a voting member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy Awards) and belongs the Copyright Society of America. Read more.

Agenda

Tuesday November 3

CLE Credit is expected as follows at 1.30 total hours (pending approval) general credits. Program is subject to change

6:00 - 6:50 p.m.
Atrium
Cocktails and heavy appetizers
6:50 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 103

Tribute to Professor Dennis Greene

Introductions
Tracy Reilly, NCR Distinguished Professor of Law & Technology and Director, Program in Law & Technology

Intellectual Property Law Society

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Room 103
Chaos & Copyrights: Clearing Up the "Blurred Lines" of Infringement in Williams v. Bridgeport

Joe Bogdan
Judith Finell
Robert Meitus

Parking

There is no charge for parking however parking passes are required. Please go to the Visitor Center at College Park and L Streets for your parking pass and further instructions.

Contact Us

School of Law

Keller Hall 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2772

937-229-3555