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How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights When You Publish Your Work Online

By Cynthia E. Zeiden, NATAS National Program Chair

On Saturday, February 8th from 2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m. PT, NATAS will be hosting a panel discussion How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights When You Publish Your Work Online during the California Lawyers for the Arts’ (CLA) 31st Annual Music Business Seminar, “21st Century Musician.” at Boalt Hall in Berkeley, CA.

How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights When You Publish Your Work Online is a NATAS crossover panel dealing with rights issues that are common between musicians and media professionals.  We will be covering options that producers have to distribute/publish their work online, for example what is involved with granting different levels of Creative Commons rights.  The expert panel will explore through their presentations: the pros and cons of existing methods of online distribution, legal protections and best practices will be explored.  This NATAS panel discussion session will be webcast live to all NATAS members nationally, there will be opportunities for the online audience to ask the panel questions in the Q&A session.  This webcast is free for all NATAS members.  Please scroll down on this page to register for the webcast.

Panelist Bios

Jeffrey Brandstetter, ESQ. is a veteran entertainment and intellectual property attorney with over 22 years of experience in film, TV, music, literary, new media, and film financing matters.  He has represented a wide array of entertainment and high-tech clients (from very high profile to new artists), including recording artists, songwriters, indie record labels, publishing companies, sports figures, managers, accountants, producers, distributors, merchandisers, promoters, music manufacturers, writers, film and TV production companies, financiers and Internet startups.  Mr. Brandstetter is the co-author of the highly acclaimed book, The Music Business (Explained in Plain English), and has been published in multiple national publications, including Entertainment & Sports Lawyer and the Entertainment, Publishing & the Arts Handbook.   In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Brandstetter is also the CEO and Co-Founder of IndiePlaya <www.indieplaya.com>, the revolutionary online independent film distribution and marketing platform that optimizes direct-to-consumer sales to highly targeted audiences with bleeding-edge DIY marketing tools and business intelligence.

Bryn Boughton has over 15 years of experience in digital media. In that time, she has been recognized as an expert in her field, founding the innovative digital music company IRIS Distribution in 2003 and its marketing agency arm BlinkerActive in 2007. IRIS reached profitability in 2008 and was acquired by The Orchard, a Sony Music Entertainment company, in 2012.

Boughton’s most recent venture, Monday Envelope (currently in stealth-stage), super-charges parent participation in school related groups.  She also sits on the board of several start ups including Loudr, Revel Spirits and Secret Agent Audio as well as being an active member (and co-founder) of the professional women’s networking group, Women In Digital Media – West..

Jarid S. Johnson has worked in media production since 1974. His careers in photography, technical theater, radio and television provide a varied and solid foundation for his work as a Director of Photography.  In addition to studio and long lens work, Jarid is a highly skilled hand-held camera operator. Since 1989 he has shot live music at every venue in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jarid is also an accomplished editor; when shooting, he composes and creates sequences with an eye toward the final edit.  He is also the founder of AMPsf, Artist Media Productions, providing musicians with promotional tools to engage their fans on the internet using ‘movies for musicians.’ His most recent projects include producing blues legend Elvin Bishop’s first concert DVD, nominated for a 2012 Blues Music Award and promotional concert footage for Vienna Teng. He is currently in post-production on a documentary shot in the Caribbean entitled “Musicians with a Real Purpose: Jamaica & Haiti.”

Moderator Bio

Cynthia Zeiden
started her PBS career as the Director of Broadcast Operations at WYCC-TV, a PBS station in Chicago. In this role, Cynthia’s work was Emmy® Award-nominated multiple times. She then moved to San Francisco to assume the role of Program Manager at KCSM-TV, a PBS station in San Mateo, CA. Cynthia served as a Governor of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, San Francisco/Northern California Chapter. She then became President of the chapter. Now she also serves as a National Trustee and National Program Committee Chair. Cynthia has had her own company, Zeiden Media, for the last 14 years, she develops, produces, acquires and markets programming for PBS stations around the country.


Register for the live webcast now!

natas_webcast_musiclaw_coverCalifornia Lawyers for the Arts’ (CLA) 31st Annual Music Business Seminar, “21st Century Musician,” will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Boalt Hall in Berkeley, CA. The seminar is a convergence of students, musicians, music industry professionals, and entertainment attorneys, educating themselves about the state of the music industry. The event will also showcase local music acts in front of this diverse group from the Bay Area music industry.
In addition, the Seminar will have 4 panels (including one sponsored by NATAS), 2 breakout informational sessions, free one-on-one consultations with CLA attorneys, and a Face the Music panel where artists have their demos critiqued by a panel of music industry professionals. At the end of the seminar there will be a social hour co-sponsored by NATAS for networking with other attendees (free beer and wine provided).
The keynote address will be given by Thomas R. Leavens. A copy of Mr. Leavens’ brand new book, Music Law for the General Practitioner, will be given to every paid attendee (a $79.95 value). NATAS members will receive a discounted ticket price of $90/advance and $100/door.

NATAS Registration Code:  B6N8UYG4
Registration is open on the CLA website. Link is here.