“Legal Update: AI, Creators, and the Future of Copyright”

    • March 12, 2024
    1024 536 The California Copyright Conference

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    2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


    “Legal Update: AI, Creators, and the Future of Copyright”

    The rapid emergence of AI technologies raises a host of issues, challenges, and perhaps opportunities for creators and rightsholders.  In this session we’ll discuss transparency in identifying AI-generated v. human created music; whether and to what extent consent can be required to enable music to be exploited for AI training; how music licensing may be impacted by AI-generated works; how songwriters and composers can leverage AI in their creative works; and whether the copyright law is equipped to address the various legal issues that the emergence of AI has raised.



    Wayne Josel | Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, ASCAP



    Abby North | Principal, North  Music Group, LLC

    Henry W. Root, Esq. | Senior Partner, Counsel LLP

    Lucas Cantor Santiago | Composer/Producer/Author

    Shannon Sorensen | Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, NMPA


    Tuesday, March 12, 2024

    2:30pm – 4:00pm PST | Zoom Webinar Broadcast


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    Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 12, at 1:30pm PST


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    Wayne Josel | Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP)

    With more than 940,000 members representing more than 18 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is a worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) founded and governed by its writer and publisher members and operating on a not-for-profit basis. In his role, Wayne has primary responsibility for negotiating and structuring license agreements with a broad spectrum of music users, including streaming services, broadcast and cable television networks, cable television system operators, satellite television and radio system operators, and concert promoters.

    Prior to joining ASCAP in 2013, Wayne spent over 20 years in private practice representing companies in connection with a wide range of legal and policy issues arising out of the convergence of technology, entertainment and media, and intellectual property. Wayne received his law degree from Fordham University, where he was an editor of the Fordham Law Review. He has a BA in Political Science from Union College and an MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

    Wayne lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Leslie, having relocated from New York in 2022. In his spare time, he is an avid concert goer, hack drummer, passionate soccer fan, yoga enthusiast, and surfing novice.

    Abby North | Principal, North Music Group, LLC

    Abby North is principal of North Music Group LLC and a founder of Unchained Melody Publishing LLC. Abby began her music career as a songwriter and composer, and launched her first production music library 15 years ago.

    Abby has experience in all areas of music publishing, from creative to administrative. She has vast experience in works registration, a strong knowledge of music publishing data and databases, and a background developing royalty processing and CWR works registration software tools.

    Abby is involved in several tech-forward, cutting-edge working groups and initiatives in the music licensing and metadata areas. She consults and advises companies in the financial sector and music industries regarding these issues. Abby is a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIMP, and a member of NMPA’s Team 100, the Television Academy, the Guild of Music Supervisors, the CCC, Women in Music, SONA, the SCL and MMF-US (Music Managers Forum-US).

    Henry W. Root, Esq.| Senior Partner, Counsel LLP

    Henry W. Root is a Senior Partner of Counsel LLP. He has over 40 years of legal and business affairs experience in the music, television, and media industries. Henry has represented recording artists signed to every major label, award-winning songwriters and producers, music publishers, record labels, and principal cast members of several TV series. He specializes in transactions involving sales and purchases of music-related properties and provides sophisticated counseling and guidance to both sellers and purchasers in connection with due diligence matters, complex rights sales, content acquisition and licensing issues, loan and security agreements and valuations of intellectual property assets. He negotiated the first of its kind strategic relationship to enable artists and labels to create soundscapes for daily activities like sleep, relaxation, and focus by harnessing the power of AI between his AI sound wellness client, Endel, and Universal Music Group.

    Henry is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law, where he teaches the music law course. He is a past member of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Sports and Entertainment Industries and former Chair of its Music Division. He was presented with the Ed Rubin Award, which is the Forum’s highest honor and is given in recognition of outstanding leadership and service. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. He sits on the executive committees of the Entertainment Law Initiative and the annual North American Entertainment, Sports & Intellectual Property Conference. He is a longtime volunteer for the Recording Academy’s MusiCares charity.  Mr. Root is a frequent panelist and lecturer on music, television, media and internet legal issues.

    Lucas Cantor Santiago | Composer/Producer/Author

    Lucas Cantor Santiago is a composer, producer, and author who has won two Emmy awards to date. He produced Lorde’s cover of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” on the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack, wrote the theme music for Major League Soccer on Fox Sports, and most recently scored the opening tease (the edited piece that airs right ahead of game kickoff) for the 2023 Super Bowl.

    In 2019, Santiago made headlines by finishing Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” using Artificial Intelligence (AI). That same year, he wrote and performed a chamber music piece utilizing AI on commission from venture capital firm SoftBank. He’s given a TEDx talk about AI and music, has written about AI and music for BBC Science Focus, and is currently writing a book on the subject for Diversion Books.

    Santiago has scored major TV projects in English and Spanish (even though his Spanish is terrible). His wife, Allison Cantor, is the composer for multiple network TV shows, including The Cleaning Lady on FOX.  Outside of the studio, Lucas and Allison have two energetic toddlers who enjoy a life free from interactive screens.

    Shannon Sorensen | Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, NMPA

    Shannon Sorensen joined NMPA in 2017 and serves as Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs.

    Shannon handles range of legal matters including copyright infringement litigations, CRB proceedings, and model license and settlement agreements. Shannon also advises on NMPA’s domestic policy initiatives and spearheads NMPA’s involvement in Copyright Office matters. She is responsible for NMPA’s international policy portfolio, advocating for music publishers’ interests abroad. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Copyright Alliance and as Regional Chair of North America for the International Confederation of Music Publishers.

    Shannon previously served as Vice President, Government Affairs and Counsel. In that role, she was one of NMPA’s primary lobbyists who helped to secure the unanimous passage of the Music Modernization Act, the largest copyright reform bill passed in decades, which was signed into law in 2018.

    Before joining NMPA, Shannon was counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives handling Judiciary Committee matters. Prior to that, she was an associate attorney at Pia Anderson Dorius Reynard and Moss in Salt Lake City practicing intellectual property litigation.

    She is a graduate of Brigham Young University and received her Juris Doctorate from the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School.

    Attention Attorneys: This virtual activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one (1) hour. The CCC certifies that this activity confirms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.  Following this virtual presentation, we will verify your attendance via Zoom reporting and email your certificate of attendance to the email provided at registration.

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