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DMT’s SXSW Music Law Special ft. Lita Rosario, Ken Abdo, Paul M. Fakler and Greg Barnes

Digital Music Trends’ coverage of SXSW included a few interviews addressing some of the most pressing legal and legislative issues in the US around music and copyright, so I decided to bundle them together in a special show. This episode features Lita Rosario (President, WYZ Entertainment), Ken Abdo (Vice-President, Lommen Abdo), Paul M. Fakler (Partner, Arent Fox LLP) and Greg Barnes (General Counser, DiMA).

We cover termination rights, the review of the Copyright Act, digital royalties, interactive music applications, rate courts and the Pandora debate, pre-1972 sound recordings, the DMCA and compulsory mechanical licenses.

I really hope you enjoy the show, have a great week and ’till next time.

Andrea Leonelli

(Music Law, Music Business)

SXSW 2014: Greg Barnes, General Counsel at DIMA – Digital Media Association

SXSW 2014: Greg Barnes, General Counsel at DIMA – Digital Media Association.


01:05 What is DIMA and what do you do?

02:20 First let’s chat about the copyright review process, what is happening on that front?

03:50 Greg talks about the DMCA process

04:30 The rates battle is a big story this year, what are the key issues there for you?

06:40 What do you think about the Global Repertoire Database and the fact that the project appears to have gotten stuck?

09:00 Greg talks about the Songwriter Equity Act and DIMA’s take on it

13:30 What do you think when people say that tech companies leaving money on the table?

15:00 Greg talks about Section 115 – compulsory mechanical licenses is Greg’s pick for a 2014 hot topic in this space.