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Old Music Licensing Challenges, New Frontiers

  • 23 Nov 2022
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Biff's Bistro
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Innovators and rightsholders report challenges clearing and licensing music for use on innovative platforms and new frontiers, such as Twitch, TikTok, and the so-called Metaverse.  Do these “new uses” of music actually challenge existing copyright law and practice?  What works?  What doesn’t?  In this interactive presentation, Erin Finlay and Max Rothschild will discuss the clearance challenges associated with these new technologies and explore potential solutions.

Erin is a partner at Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Heim Finlay LLP practising in the areas of entertainment law, copyright, privacy, broadcast regulatory and cultural policy. She provides a wide range of legal services and strategic direction to producers, artists, musicians, authors, publishers, trade associations, copyright collectives and cultural businesses in the development, production, exploitation and protection of film, television, publishing, music and digital media projects. Erin has led the negotiation, drafting, and enforcement of multi-party collective licences, directed complex copyright tariff and CRTC broadcast regulatory and policy proceedings, and has appeared numerous times before the Copyright Board of Canada, the CRTC, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada and Standing Committees of the Federal Government on Canadian Heritage and Industry and Technology, as well as the Senate of Canada. Before joining the firm, Erin was the Chief Legal Officer at the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), General Counsel and Director of Government Relations at Access Copyright and an associate practising in the entertainment law group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.

Max practises in the areas of entertainment, music, digital media and intellectual property law. Before joining Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Heim Finlay LLP, Max worked as in-house counsel for the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) and as an associate at Bereskin & Parr LLP. With experience both as in-house counsel and in private practice, Max brings a practical and business-oriented perspective to legal matters.  Max works with a wide variety of clients, ranging from emerging and established artists to music publishers and copyright collectives. He assists them with negotiating and drafting agreements, intellectual property enforcement, licensing and royalties, and provides general copyright law advice.

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