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Wednesday, May 18 • 3:30pm - 4:40pm
Infringement or Homage? Copyright Fair Use in 2016

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Organized by Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Nashville has a special place in copyright fair use law, dating back to the seminal case involving 2 Live Crew’s use of Roy Orbison’s song Pretty Woman, which started here in Nashville and went all the way up to the Supreme Court – Campbell v. Acuff Rose. From this special vantage point in Music City, we’ll explore the elements of fair use, substantial similarity and de minimis copyrighting while listening to recent examples of similar songs, like (1) Sam Smith’s Stay With Me and Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down, and like (2) Robin Thicke’s and Pharrell Williams’ Blurred Lines and Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give it Up. In light of the 9th Circuit’s recent decision in the YouTube Dancing Baby case involving Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy, whose burden is it to examine fair use? What are the best practices for content creators, songwriters, video producers, and users of social media? How can creators maximize the advantages of technology without running afoul of copyright laws?

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Stephen Zralek

Litigation: IP & Entertainment Disputes, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
A self-proclaimed artist trapped in a lawyer's body, Stephen Zralek helps clients resolve entertainment, intellectual property (IP) and business disputes, both in and out of court. He is a highly sought-after speaker on issues of copyright, rights of publicity, trademark and other forms of intellectual property. He was born and raised in Nashville, and is glad everyone else has finally caught on why Nashville is the "It" City. He is a... Read More →

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Suzanne Kessler

Counsel/Adjunct Professor of Copyright and Entertainment Law, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC/Vanderbilt Law School
Suzanne Kessler is an entertainment and intellectual property law attorney, who provides counsel and consulting services to traditional and new media clients, including record labels, recording artists, music publishers, songwriters, artist managers, film and television production companies and independent producers, and digital music and media start-ups. This 20-year professional is also a documentary filmmaker, artist manager and music... Read More →
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Loren Mulraine

Counsel/Assoc. Professor of Entertainment Law & IP, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC/Belmont University College of Law
Loren Mulraine is a law professor, entertainment attorney, singer/songwriter/producer, and entrepreneur. A professor at Belmont University School of Law since 2012, he teaches copyright, entertainment law, entertainment practice, mass media, and intellectual property.  Prior to joining Belmont, Mulraine served 14 years at Middle Tennessee State University in the Department of Recording Industry. His law practice has focused on government... Read More →
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Jessie Smith

Jessie Smith is a swampy Soul singer/songwriter from Nashville. She has developed a sound that is unapologetically genuine, combining her passion for old Soul music and her natural, Georgia drawl. Her muddy river musicality courses through Al Green, Gladys Knight, Billie Holiday, Mavis Staple singers, Sam Cook, Otis Redding, the haunting tradition of field hollers, and the messy side of life for a dark, redemptive quality. “What I want in... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 3:30pm - 4:40pm
Grand Ballroom West

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