Rusty Hardin Scheduled to Speak At ABA Entertainment and Sports Industries Annual Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 28, 2012 — Rusty Hardin, who successfully argued the federal perjury case against pitcher Roger Clemens, will speak during the _’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries Annual Meeting on Oct. 5 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas.

The Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 4 – 6.  Other notable speakers include Brian D. Caplan, who won a copyright case for the lead singer of the disco group, Village People; and Woodie Dixon Jr., general counsel and vice president of business affairs for the Pac-12 conference.

Hot topics at the conference include the making of a Broadway musical from a lawyer’s perspective, calculating digital royalties for songs used in video games and applications, and looking behind the legal issues of the 2012 London Olympics.

The meeting is anchored by two plenary sessions: one that focuses on legal trends involving social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, and another that explores the business models and issues surrounding content on mobile devices.

Dick Cook, CEO of the Cook Company LLC and former Walt Disney Studios chairman, will be the keynote speaker at the forum’s luncheon on Oct. 5. Cook and Christine Lepera, chair of the forum, will present the 2012 Ed Rubin Award to Peter Dekom during the luncheon. The Ed Rubin Award is the forum’s highest honor and is given to one member each year in recognition of leadership and service.

Program highlights include:

“Entertainment and Sports Litigation Update – 2012 – We Live in Interesting Times” — Leading industry experts and attorneys from entertainment and sports fields, including Rusty Hardin and Brian D. Caplan, are scheduled to discuss significant issues affecting their genres, including the Roger Clemens case and the Village People copyright termination case.                                                                                                                                   
Oct. 5, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“When Bad Things Happen to Good Brands” — Whether in films or television shows, in songs or in the news, uncontrolled or unlicensed uses of a brand can cause significant damage to a company’s reputation.  The panel will examine unauthorized product placement cases, such as those involving Abercrombie & Fitch, and Michael Sorrentino, star of the television show ”Jersey Shore.”
Oct. 5, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

“Content on Your Mobile Device: Are There Long-Term Monetization Models That Work for Rights Holders, Service Providers and Consumers? What Are the Business and Legal Issues at Stake? — Innovations in mobile technology continue to attract new customers and industries. During the panel, leading representatives from the music, film/TV, sports and gaming worlds will analyze the business and legal issues associated with content on mobile devices.                                                                                                                                        
Oct. 6, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The full conference brochure and agenda can be found here.

News reporters covering the program can attend the conference at no charge. For media credentials or other information, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo, , -1039.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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