What: Panel: The Impact of Social Networking on the Sports World, Presented by the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
When: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 (8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)
Where: Herrick, Feinstein, LLP, 2 Park Ave., New York, NY (14th floor amphitheater) / map
Moderator: Matthew D. Pace, Herrick, Feinstein LLP
- Lawrence Epstein, EVP and General Counsel, Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Jeffrey Gewirtz, SVP & General Counsel, NETS Basketball/Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment
- Steven Herz, Founder and President, If Management
- Elizabeth Matthews, EVP & Deputy General Counsel of MTV Networks
Discussion: How social networking is impacting the business of sports today from the perspective of copyright owners, distribution partners and athletes.
- How are Leagues, Teams and Athletes using social networking to promote themselves and their products?
- What are the risks associated with use of social networking platforms?
- Who controls the ownership of content — the League, the Team or the individual?
- Is this strictly promotional or is there a business model to monetize this?
- Does this impact the League news policies? Does this impact on the exclusivity of television agreements?
- Does this fall within a news exception or other fair use category? How would that affect copyright owners?
- How does the DMCA operate in this area, and how does it affect copyright owners? Is there law comparable to the DMCA in international markets?
- Can the fan in the stands capture photos or video and distribute them electronically to those outside the stadium?
- Does this, or real-time scores and blogs pose a threat to the content owners’ rights?
- Relevant cases – Mark Cuban’s position against bloggers, Olympics blogging policy, Viacom v. YouTube and Google, New York Rangers vs. NHL
Cost: Students can attend for free. New York State Bar members pay $25. Nonmembers have to front $35. Click here for more information and to register.