Tuesday 6th June - IAEL/Midem Legal Summit


10:00 - 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 Law, Gowling WLG (Canada); and

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


Christopher Harrison, CEO, Digital Media Association (US) - Make Copyright Great Again: Music Copyright Reform in the Age of Trump; Mark Pemberton, Director, Association of British Orchestras (UK) - Brexit: Its Impact on British Musicians and Orchestras; and Niclas Molinder, CEO and Founder, Auddly & Music Rights Awareness Foundation (Sweden) - Creator Values: The Lost Key to a Sustainable Music Industry? Music Rights Education in Africa.    


Marcelo Goyanes, Partner, Murta Goyanes(Brazil) - Brazil: Striking Developments in the Digital Music Business; Marijn Kingma, Lawyer, Höcker (Netherlands) - The Netherlands: Main Supplier to the CJEU - From ISPs to Blonde Starlets and More; Bianca Muller, Lawyer, Entertainment Lawyers (Germany) - Germany 2016: Unforgettable for Publishers and Friends of Sampling; Alexander Ross, Partner, Wiggin (UK) - Update on the Digital Single Market: How Single and Digital Is It So Far?; Gordon Williams, Joint Head of Litigation, Lee & Thompson (UK) and Ken Freundlich, Founder, Freundlich Law (US) - The Duran Duran UK/US Copyright Conundrum.

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

The Musician as Contestant: Legal Issues in Contests and Reality TV

From television talent shows to song-writing competitions and the ability to become a company's brand ambassador, chances for a big break in the music industry often come in the form of a contest.  Our panel of experts look behind the headlines to assess and explain the opportunities and challenges.  

Moderator and Speakers:

Priscilla Mattison, Attorney at Law, Bernard M. Resnick, Esq. (US); Bernard Resnick, Attorney at Law, Bernard M. Resnick, Esq. (US); Almy Tiffany, Counsel, Reed Smith (US); and Massimo Travostino, Partner, Studio Legale Pecoraro-Travostino (Italy).

14:30 - 16:30

Main Room

Auditorium A

Palais Level 3

The IAEL Main Seminar

Tech: Disruption and Evolution in the Entertainment Industries

Next generation tech is driving new ways of consuming, creating and interacting with entertainment content and supporting innovation behind the scenes. But how do intellectual property, data protection and other laws catch up to regulate and facilitate those technologies? This seminar coincides with publication of the 2017 IAEL Year Book providing a global view on how tech disruption and evolution is impacting the media and entertainment industry.


Jeff Liebenson, President of the IAEL, Liebenson Law (US);  Anne-Marie Pecoraro, Partner, A Turquoise (France); and Adam Rendle, Senior Associate, Taylor Wessing (UK).  



New Technologies for the Consumption of  Entertainment Content

Kenneth J. Abdo, Partner, Fox Rothschild (US); John McLellan, Head of Commercial, Media & Entertainment, Haldanes (HK); Stephanie Rotelli, Founding Partner, M&R Europe (Italy); and Alexandre Rudoni, Partner, Allen & Overy (France).


Global Approach to Anti-Piracy, Intermediaries and the Value Gap     

Javier Fainzaig, President and CEO, Farolatino Media Network (Argentina); Lee McGuirk, VP Legal EMEA, Discovery (UK); Jagdish Sagar, IP Lawyer (India); and Massimo Travostino, Partner, Studio Legale Pecoraro-Travostino (Italy).


Technology and Rights Management: Tracking Technologies, Blockchain and Beyond 

Virginie Berger, CEO, Armonia Online (France); William Genereux, Principal, Genereux Law (Canada); Alex Losocs CEO, BMAT (Spain); and Cecile Rap Veber, Head of Licensing and International, SACEM (France).          


Followed by

The IAEL Cocktail Party

Verrière Californie, Palais Level 5 (to 17.45)


From 19:30

The IAEL Member Dinner at Plage Royale, Croisette***



Wednesday 7th June


10:30 - 12:00

Verrière Californie

Palais Level 5  


Annual general meeting of the IAEL - all IAEL Members welcome.


11:30 - 12:30

Networking Hub

Toscan du Plantier

Palais Level 1

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.



Vincente Arias, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (Spain); Daniel Campello, CEO, CQ Rights (Brazil); Ken Freundlich, Founder, Freundlich Law (US); Sandra Gama, Chief Legal Officer, iMusica (Brazil); Joshua Gray, Associate, Covington (UK); Eric Keyzer, Consultant, Allen & Overy (Netherlands); Götz Schneider-Rothhaar, Managing Partner, Fuhrmann Wallenfels (Germany);Wim Schreurs, Partner, Ubilex (Belgium); Al Staehley, Lawyer, Law Office of Al Staehely, Jr. (US); and Kevin Thomson, Partner, Thomson Gabriele LLP (Canada); 



*** IAEL Members Only




All legal seminars organised by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) at MIDEM 2017 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.