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CLE: Music Licensing – The Basics and Hot Topics

January 24, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

The FCBA Mass Media Committee will sponsor a CLE on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET entitled Music Licensing – The Basics and Hot Topics.  This program will be held virtually via the Zoom platform.

If you have any registration issues, please contact Elizabeth Hagerty.

The FCBA will apply for 2.0 hours of MCLE credit from the VA Bar.  This program has not yet been approved.



12:00 – 12:05 p.m.        Welcome And Introductions

12:05 – 1:05 p.m.          The Basics

What is the difference between a Musical Composition and a Sound Recording?  What do ASCAP, BMI and SESAC do, and how are they different from SoundExchange?  How does my client get rights to use music on the air, on its website and in its mobile application, at station sponsored live events and in commercials?  Can advertisers play a radio station at their business without any rights fees?  How are the fees set for these different kinds of music uses?  These and other basic questions about music rights will be set in this first panel.

Kathryne Dickerson, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Karyn Ablin, Member, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C.
Janet McHugh, Executive Director, TV Music License Committee
Robert Meitus, Partner, Meritus Gelbert Rose LLP

1:05 – 2:00 p.m.        The Hot Issues

The impact of the Music Modernization Act, publisher withdrawals and new PROs, ISP liability for illegal downloads, the broadcast performance royalty, appeals of the webcasting royalty decision, and the value of music to media companies are all topics that our clients are talking about.  What are these issues and how will they be resolved?  These “hot” issues in music licensing, including legislative and copyright office review of these issues, will be discussed in this second panel.

David Oxenford, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Anna Chauvet, Vice President, Public Policy, National Association of Broadcasters
Regan Smith, Head of Public Policy, Spotify
Linda Bloss-Baum, Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, SoundExchange

COST: $135.00 for Private Sector Members; $50.00 for Government/Academic/Transitional/Retired Members; $95.00 for Non-Profit 501c3 Members; No charge for Law Student Members; $205.00 for Non-Members

Cancellations due no later than 24 hours prior to the program start time.


January 24, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
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