Entertainment and Sports Law Section

This section was created in recognition of the increasing number of practitioners in entertainment and sports law. The section presents an annual CLE program and helps members stay up to date on trends and activities in this specialized area of practice.

Chair
Volunteer Lawyers &...
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212
(615)460-8274
Immediate Past Chair
Riley Warnock & Jacobson, PLC
1906 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
(615)320-3700
Vice-Chair
Riley Warnock & Jacobson
1906 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
(615)320-3700

DOJ Weighs Public Comments on Music Licensing Decrees

The music industry has entered into waiting mode as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) weighs hundreds of pages of public comments regarding its review of the consent decrees that govern how ASCAP and BMI administer music licenses and distributes royalties, the Tennessean reports. Because of the emergence of new technologies and music delivery systems, the licensing of music has become more complicated and disputes have arisen over fair rates. The issue has spilled into the federal courts, where the performance rights organizations dispute the rate that Internet radio company Pandora pays to songwriters and publishers.

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Gannett Makes More Cuts to Newsroom; Rejects Buyout

An effort to purchase Nashville’s daily newspaper by a local group has apparently fallen short, and the Tennessean’s parent corporation is moving ahead with a reorganization and additional layoffs at the daily. The Nashville Scene reports in a pair of articles that a Nashville-based group that included former Tennessean publisher Craig Moon and former Scene editor Bruce Dobie tried to buy Gannett’s Tennessee properties this summer, but had their offer rejected. Today, the Scene reports, the Tennessean cut about 15 percent of its newsroom staff as part of its transformation into the “Newsroom of the Future.”

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