The IAEL @ MIDEM 2019



Tuesday 4th June

10:30 - 11:30

Networking Hub

Palais Level 4

Speedmeetings - Meet the Lawyers

Specialist lawyers will be available to Midem attendees for five-minute one-to-one consultations to provide guidance on relevant topics ranging from copyright to contract. No need to book, just turn-up! First come, first served.


Vincent Arias, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (Spain); Howard Hertz, Partner, Hertz Schram (US); Isioma Idigbe, Associate, Punuka (Nigeria); Marijn Kingma, Partner, Höcker (Netherlands); John McLellan, Partner, Haldanes (Hong Kong); Dick Molenaar, Partner, All Arts Tax Advisers (Netherlands); Bernard Resnick, Attorney at Law, Bernard M. Resnick, Esq. (US); Jeff Sacharow, Partner, Lapidus Root & Sacharow (US).


Wednesday 5th June - IAEL/Midem Legal Summit

9:30 - 11:30

Main Room

Auditorium A

Palais Level 3

The IAEL Legal Update For Entertainment & Technology  

Once again legal and industry experts report on those developments which have had a major impact on the industry this year, along with what we can expect in the next twelve months. As usual, the session will cover both media and entertainment issues as well as related technology sector developments.


Susan Abramovitch, Head of Entertainment & Sports Law, Gowling WLG (Canada); and

Peter Marx, Partner, Marx Van Ranst Vermeersch & Partners (Belgium).


Charlie Lexton, CCO & General Counsel, Merlin (UK) - Upsetting the applecart - Spotify vs. the “App Tax”, an appraisal. 

Guest speaker:

Eric Baptiste, CEO, Socan (Canada) - Consolidation of collectives: beginning of the end or end of the beginning?


Tim Cohan, Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, Peermusic (US) - US legal roundup: discord and rhyme in legislation and litigation; Prof. Dr. Ralf Kitzberger, LL.M., Schickhardt Rechtsanwälte (Germany) - Sampling, YouTube and the communication to the public; José A. Sanmartin, Partner, Hoyng Rokh Monegier (Spain) and Anne-Marie Pecoraro, Partner, ATurquoise (France) - Blocking injunctions, the tide is turning; Stephanie Rotelli, avvocato, M&R Europe (Italy) - An audiovisual look at the DSM Copyright Directive; Gordon Williams, Partner, Lee & Thompson (UK) - The Brexit Dance – Good for Entertainment?

Followed by coffee and networking - Main Room foyer (to 12.00)

12:00 - 13:00

Main Room

Auditorium A

Palais Level 3

The IAEL Masterclass

Fair Use and Copyright Exceptions

Copyright law has always balanced the rights of creators with certain permitted acts and exceptions for users. In a world of interactive user-generated content that balance is under ever greater scrutiny. This session will assess the US fair use concept and compare it with equivalent copyright exceptions in other key jurisdictions.

Moderator and Speakers:

Christine Lepera, Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (US); Bradley Mullins, Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (US);  Alexander Ross, Partner, Wiggin (UK); Massimo Travostino, Partner, Studio Legale Associato Della Gatta Travostino Bottero (Italy). 


14:30 - 16:30 

Main Room

Auditorium A

Palais Level 3

The IAEL Main Seminar

Keeping It Honest: Transparency and Legal Issues in the Entertainment Industry

Never has the need for transparency in the entertainment industry been more important.  The 2019 IAEL Book and this year's Main Seminar will focus on all aspects of how the sector is seeking greater honesty and integrity - and what that means for all of us - from the processing of data and royalty collection to the rules of the creative workplace.     


Jessie Winkler, Senior Attorney, LaPolt Law (US); Lindsay Arrington, Attorney, LaPolt Law (US); and Dina LaPolt, Principal, LaPolt Law (US).


Simon Anderson, Director of Publishing, Audio Network (UK); Chantal Bolzern, Attorney, Beutler Künzi Stutz (Switzerland); Bill Colitre, VP & General Counsel, Music Reports (US); William Genereux, Owner, Genereux Law (Canada); Chris Harrison, Founder, Harrison PLLC (US); Dick Molenaar, Partner, All Arts Tax Advisers (Netherlands); William Hochberg, Partner, Greenberg Glusker (US), Anne-Marie Pecoraro, Founding Partner, ATurquoise (FR); Gwendolyn Seale, Entertainment Lawyer, Mike Tolleson and Associates (US); Monika Tashman, Partner, Manatt (US); Timothy Toohey, Partner, Greenberg Glusker (US) 

Followed by

The IAEL Cocktail Party

From 4.30pm to 5:30pm in Verrière Californie (Palais Level 5)


From 19:30


The IAEL Member Dinner at Plage Goeland***



Thursday 6th June 

11:00 - 12:30

Auditorium I

Palais Level 4


Annual General Meeting of the IAEL - all IAEL Members welcome.



*** IAEL Members Only


All legal seminars organised by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) at MIDEM 2018 have continuing professional development/education points accreditation for: the Dutch Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association in the US which has reciprocal recognition arrangements with other jurisdictions (since May 2015 no SRA accreditation is given for England & Wales but the IAEL was an accredited provider before this). Anyone attending the seminars who wishes to evidence their attendance should sign in at the event. Further local confirmation may be necessary for your relevant regulatory authority.



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