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Our 2015 Mid-Winter Meeting in Nashville, TN is packed with great panels, lectures and networking events.

2/12/2015 to 2/14/2015
When: February 12-14, 2015
Where: Hutton Hotel
1808 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee  37203
United States

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Regular Registration

Includes: All panels, admission to welcome reception, continental breakfast Friday and Saturday, lunch Friday and admission to Country Music Hall of Fame reception with after-hours museum tour.

 Member  Academic Member*
 Student Member*
Jan. 19

 $595  $395  $175  $695
Jan. 19

 $695  $495  $175 $795

 *Valid ID Required at Check-In

One-Day Panel Pass

Includes admission to panels on specified day.

Member Academic Member*
Student Member*
FRI 2/13 (includes lunch)
$365 $265 $100 $440
SAT 2/14
$340 $240 $75 $415

 *Please Email for a Promotional Code Before Registering. Valid ID Required at Check-In.

Optional Add-Ons 

International Chapter Lunch Program 2/12


Bringing a Guest?
For your convenience, you may select the meals and receptions your guests will attend.

Guest Ticket - Welcome Reception Thursday, 2/12
Guest Ticket - Country Music Hall of Fame Reception Friday, 2/13 (includes after-hours museum tour)
Guest Lunch Friday, 2/13
Guest Breakfast Friday, 2/13 or Saturday, 2/14


Full refund will be issued if a cancellation is received in writing by February 1, 2015. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations after February 1, 2015. Registrations are transferable.



The 2015 Mid-Winter Meeting is being held at The Hutton Hotel located at 1808 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203. Reservations may be made over the phone by calling (615) 340-9333 or via email.

Through January 15, 2015, a special group rate of $229/night plus tax is available to attendees by mentioning 'The Copyright Society' when booking.


 Below is an outline of our 2015 Mid-Winter Meeting panels and events. Information is subject to change.


11:30 AM-2:30 PM

Inaugural Meeting of CSUSA's International Chapter

Focus on Music Licensing in Europe and North America

Featuring a roster of expert speakers from Europe, Canada, and the U.S., the program will begin with lunch, followed by a panel and audience discussion. We will then hold a brief business meeting to discuss future plans for the chapter. Lunch will be provided.

Cost: $35 (includes lunch)

Alexander Wolf, SOLAR Music Rights Management
Frank Scibilia, Pryor Cashman LLP
Ryan Lehning, SoundExchange
Gilles Daigle, Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
Casey Chisick, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Dr. Martin Schaefer, Boehmert & Boehmert

2 Music Square W
Nashville, TN 37203

3:00 - 5:00 PM

CSUSA Executive Committee Board Meeting

Hutton Hotel
3:00 - 6:00 PM

Registration & Information Desk Open

Hutton Hotel
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception & Songwriters in the Round
With Roger Cook, Brett James and Dave Turnbull

Join us for a Nashville-style "in-the-round" session with three of Music City's premier songwriters. Roger, Brett and Dave will not only perform their hit songs but also tell us how those works came to be, letting us in on their creative process. The performance will include a reception with beverages and hors d'oeuvres. Guest tickets available!

Roger Cook’s songwriting credits include "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony),” "I Just Want to Dance with You,” “Love Is on a Roll,” “One Night At A Time,” “Talking in Your Sleep” and many others. Among the artists who have recorded his works are George Strait, Crystal Gayle, Elton John, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby, Neil Diamond and Bonnie Raitt.

Brett James has written songs for Carrie Underwood (including “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” winner of the 2006 Grammy for Best Country Song), Kenny Chesney, Jessica Andrews, Martina McBride, Uncle Kracker, Paulina Rubio and other hit performers.

Dave Turnbull’s hits include "Lucky Man" (Montgomery Gentry), "The More I Drink" (Blake Shelton), "If Something Should Happen" (Darryl Worley), “That's Why" (Craig Morgan), and “Marry For Money" and "Arlington" (both Trace Adkins).

Hutton Hotel


7:30 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

Hutton Hotel
7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration & Information Desk Open

Hutton Hotel
8:30 - 8:40 AM

Opening Remarks
Eric J. Schwartz, CSUSA President

Hutton Hotel
8:40 - 9:55 AM

Panel 1
Copyright Reform - Overview, Insights and Perspectives on "The Great New Copyright Act"

About three years ago, Maria Pallante, the Register of Copyrights, introduced the phrase “The Next Great New Copyright Act.” Since then, the Copyright Office, the USPTO, the Justice Department, and Congress, have expended significant resources and energy trying to determine what would be the substance and scope of such an Act. This panel will provide an update on the complex process, a review of the stakeholders involved, and most importantly the political dynamics and legislative maneuvering that may or may not get us to the “The Next Great Copyright Act.”

Jay Rosenthal, National Music Publishers' Association

David Carson, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Karyn Temple Claggett, U.S. Copyright Office
Herbison, Nashville Songwriters Association International

Hutton Hotel
9:55 - 10:55 AM

Panel 2
Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

Are sound recordings subject to the public performance right under state common law or only for streaming under 17 USC 114? Do the safe harbor rules under the DMCA apply to pre-1972 sound recordings? What impact might these have on the federalization of those recordings? An examination of the cases being litigated by the Turtles and other against Sirius/XM and Pandora in state courts.

Chris Horsnell, Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley, PLC

Russ Frackman, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, LLC
Victor Jih, O'Melveny & Myers, LLP
Colin Rushing, SoundExchange

Hutton Hotel
10:55 - 11:15 AM

Coffee Break

Hutton Hotel
11:15 - 12:15 PM

Panel 3
Visual Works and the Elusive Exclusive Right
To Display

The ability to license images for commercial and editorial purposes is an essential economic factor for individual photographers and other visual artists, as well as those image aggregators that connect the works of these visual artists to a vast array of users such as media publishers, advertisers, web designers, documentary film makers and broadcasters to name just a few. While images are used more than ever to illustrate ever growing digital media environment, fair use, image framing, embedding and unlicensed uses account for more online and digital uses than licensed uses. Beginning with Kelly v. Arriba Soft, thumbnail size images were considered a fair use when used as part of image search. Larger high resolution use of images that were framed by Google were not considered copyright infringement by the 9th Circuit relying on a newly minted server test in Perfect 10 v. Google. Getty Images recently permitted the embedding of many of its image collection for non-commercial use but objected to a Bing widget that allowed images to be embedded in websites directly from other websites, rather than from the source. Pinterest allows users to “pin” images to bulletin boards. Have image owners lost the right to monetize and control the right to display images once they are online? Do image owners really have the exclusive rights provided by the Copyright Act to publicly display or with video to publicly broadcast the work, and do we meet our WIPO obligations to provide authors with a right to make their work available? How is this right to make available for works online being looked at in the EU level?

Nancy Wolff, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams, Sheppard, LLP


Lizanne Vaughan, Getty Im
ages, Inc.
Linda Steinman, Davis Wright Tremaine
Andrew Pequignot, The Moore Firm, LLC / Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Hutton Hotel



12:15 - 1:15 PM

Panel 4
The State of PROs and Collective Licensing

State of play and likely future with regard to ASCAP and BMI consent decrees and SESAC antitrust litigation.

Frank P. Scibilia, Pryor Cashman LLP

Vincent Candilora, ASCAP
Ryan Lehning, Sound Exchange
Dennis Lord, SESAC

Tucker McCrady, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Hutton Hotel
1:15 - 2:15 PM


Hutton Hotel
2:30 - 5:30 PM

Free Time

6:30 PM

Shuttle Bus Pick-Up to Reception

Front Lobby
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Reception at Country Music Hall of Fame
with After-Hours Tour

CMHOF Rotunda,
222 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203


8:00 - 9:00 AM

 Continental Breakfast

Hutton Hotel
9:00 - 10:10 AM

Panel 1
Preservation of Sound Recordings
and Film Materials

Preservation of Sound Recordings and Film Materials:  In recent years, two Library of Congress advisory boards have produced landmark studies on issues (including copyright law) pertaining to the preservation and access of recorded sound and film materials. Regarding preservation and access, public (and private) libraries, archives, museums and collectors of culturally and historically important materials are underfunded and overwhelmed by technical and funding issues that make retention of materials, (digital) copying and cataloging of
them, much less making them available in accordance with copyright laws, very challenging. One Library of Congress study found that only 14% of all commercially issued recordings prior to 1964 are legally available in the U.S. in any format or mode of distribution; another found that less than half of the feature films produced before the middle of the last century survive at all.

This panel will discuss and demonstrate some archival successes and challenges featuring two experts, one on production and engineering (legendary music producer George Massenburg) and the other on curation (Alan Stoker, Curator of the Country Music Hall of Fame, responsible for one of the most important collections of recorded music in the world). The panel will discuss the ways in which fair use, library and archival uses (section 108), and copyright rights and duration impact preservation and access issues.

Eric J. Schwartz, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP,
CSUSA President

George Massenburg, George Massenburg Labs

Hutton Hotel
10:10 - 10:30 AM

Coffee Break

Hutton Hotel
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Panel 2
Recent Copyright Developments

A discussion of 2-3 significant recent copyright decisions and pending cases, including a discussion of authorship in view of the Innocence of Muslims case, the Oscar "selfie" and the new Compendium.

"Copyright Reform & The Copyright Office" Sandra Aistars, The Copyright Alliance 

Moderator: Tara Aaron, Aaron Sanders PLLC

Autumn Witt Boyd,
Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd
Alexandra McKay, Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Hutton Hotel
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel 3
Copyright Reform without Reforming the Copyright Act?

In many ways, the terms of copyright have caused a great deal of fuss in our system, and this panel will look to understand what role "duration" could play in reforming copyright. Taking the Register's lead, suggesting creative ways to get around term, this paper suggest solutions that already exist within the 1976 Copyright Act, and with a few modifications, including the adoption of the Rule of the Shorter term, the length of copyright could be mitigated in many situations where the copyright owner has long disappeared or where no commercial interest exists.

The panel will also discuss the Durationator project in which the laws of every country in the world were researched to understand the copyright history scope, duration and foreign relations. The project began at Tulane Law School in 2007 as a student-based/faculty effort. It is a story of market failure, persistent research, and a dream to make copyright law accessible and usable - for everyone to be able to answer the
question - copyright or public domain?

Professor Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Tulane University Law School

Guy A. Rub, The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Brandon Butler, American University School Of Law

Hutton Hotel


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