California Lawyers Association

Pepperdine University Music Modernization Act

Roundtable Panel at the Grammy Museum

Presented by the Pepperdine Institute for Entertainment, Media, Sports, and Culture, and California Lawyers Association

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Clive Davis Theater | L.A. LIVE, 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, California


Thursday, October 17, 2019
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

6–6:30 p.m. Networking/Check-In
6:30–8:30 p.m. Roundtable Panel
8:30–9 p.m. Wrap-Up and Networking; Post L.A. LIVE Networking

Earn 2.0 Hours of General MCLE Credit

Producer: Jeremy M. Evans

Records, Labels, and A&R in the Streaming Age: Copyrights, Distribution, Licensing, and the Law under the Music Modernization Act

The Music Modernization Act (“MMA”), signed into law October 11, 2018, is the most extensive revision of the Copyright Act since the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), almost exactly twenty years earlier. Every industry probably considers itself complex in its nuances, but the Copyright Office, when describing the § 115 Reform Act of 2006 (“SIRA”) to the House Judiciary Committee, suggested that “the sheer number and complexity” of issues in music licensing “render a holistic solution improbable, if not impossible.” SIRA’s attempt at a relatively narrow solution had failed to attract consensus among rights owners in the music industry (performing artists and composers, music publishers and record labels, digital music services, etc.) on how to address certain problems, and what resulted twelve years later was an omnibus approach carefully constructed to balance at least some of the needs and interests of virtually all constituencies in the music business. This panel discusses how the bill came together and what it means for the industry, how it affects lawyers and their clients, and best practices.


  • Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, Partner, Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP
  • Bill Colitre, Vice President and General Counsel, Music Reports, Inc.
  • Sarah Rosenbaum, Music Counsel, YouTube
  • Brigid McNally, Senior Manager, Licensing, Rhino Records, A Warner Music Group Company

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Deadline: Pre-registration on the CLA website closes Friday, October 11, 2019. On-site registration is available as space permits; please call (916) 516-1757 to check space availability.

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  • CLA members – $195
  • Non-CLA members – $250
  • CYLA members/students – $100
  • Academic Faculty/Staff – $100

Light appetizers and refreshments included.

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