CLE: Pivoting from Live to Virtual: Navigating the Legal Challenges

Williamsburg Room

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Moderator:

Lisa E. Davis

The COVID-19 pandemic had an immediate and devastating impact on the live entertainment sector. After SXSW was canceled in early March, other festivals quickly followed suit, first postponing and then canceling their 2020 live events. Many festival presenters are pivoting to a virtual model, which presents its own set of legal issues for festival organizers, including, but not limited to, the licenses required for performing music virtually, navigating restrictions imposed by platforms such as Facebook and Instagram Live and challenges to monetization posed by music label blocking rights. This panel will discuss evolving strategies for addressing these issues.

Alex Grout

Alex Grout

Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, ASCAP

Daniel Shulman

Daniel Shulman

Partner, Eisner LLP

Lisa E. Davis

Lisa E. Davis

Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Mechelle Evans

Mechelle Evans

Senior Corporate Counsel, Essence Communications