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NARM Warms Up CMA's With Politics In Music

NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Only a week after Election Day – on Nov. 9 – the NARM/CMA Entertainment Law Conference will include a panel of experts discussing how Congressional changes will dramatically change the way Congress addresses entertainment industry issues.

Tuesday's "Election Results" panel includes a bipartisan group of Washington, D.C. veterans who represent many music industry stakeholders. Panelists include BMI Senior Vice President Fred Cannon; RIAA Senior Vice President Mitch Glazier; consultant Victoria Bassetti, who previously worked for senior Democratic Senators and was a senior vice president with EMI; and consultant Elizabeth Frazee, who previously worked with the likely new IP Subcommittee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), as well as AOL and Disney.

"It is impossible to overstate the differences between outgoing Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, a Democrat from Detroit who grew up with Motown, and incoming Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas, whose district is the headquarters of Clear Channel," said Program Chairman Jon Potter of RPG Strategies according to the press release. Potter formerly headed the Digital Media Association in Washington, D.C. "We are fortunate to have high-level panelists who understand the effect of this major change on radio royalty legislation, and how Republican victories will affect net neutrality and arts funding.”

This fourth installment of NARM's Entertainment Law Conference Series will take at Nashville's Hutton Hotel in collaboration the Country Music Association (CMA) and is part of the official schedule of events leading up to "The 44th Annual CMA Awards," which will be held Nov. 10 at the Bridgestone Arena and broadcast live on the ABC Television Network.

The half-day continuing legal education program will also feature a keynote interview with the United States Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters. In one of the final public events of her 16-year tenure as Register, Ms. Peters will discuss the remarkable policy changes that she has witnesses and influenced during her 45-year career in the Copyright Office, and her ideas about the future of copyright law.

Also slated for the agenda are two high-level panels that will address the challenges and opportunities associated with creators' right to terminate assignments of copyright; and controversial recent court decisions that affect creators, including the YouTube and Veoh cases. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers