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
Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley
3310 West End Ave, Ste. 610
Nashville, TN 37203
(615)255-6161
Immediate Past Chair
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
1600 Division St. Ste. 700
Nashville, TN 37203
(615)252-2377
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Ambassador Lighthizer Urged to Include Intellectual Property Protections in New NAFTA

The United States Senate Finance Committee has urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to include strong copyright protections in U.S. trade agreements, including the new North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), JD Supra reports. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Senate Finance Committee Member Bill Nelson, D-Florida, sent a letter to Lighthizer on Friday expressing concerns over adequate copyright enforcement for intellectual property in global markets.
 
Areas of concern related to NAFTA are a lack of protection for geographical indicators in trademark, the Minister of Health’s broad discretion in the disclosure of confidential information, and a lack of clarity on patent requirements in Canadian courts and Mexico’s decline in seizures of goods that violate intellectual property rights, widespread availability of pirated and counterfeit goods, and a copyright regime that is not equipped to adequately handle digital trade. You can read the full letter here.
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City in China Intends to Replicate the Magic of Music City

The city of Chengdu, China, is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to build a music-fueled entertainment district in hopes to replicate the magic of Music City, reports The Tennessean. Music Row executives have been hosted on trips where Chengdu officials have unveiled their vision for their own music corridor called the Chengdu Musical Fun District, which includes several new music venues, recording studios, office space to host publishing companies and instrument makers. They were also given presentations of the incentive and rent-reduction programs that the district will offer an array of music businesses that set up shop there.

The investment will include incentives for music businesses to set up shop in Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province. It is also part of a broader effort in China to invest in copyright and open the nation up to creative commerce that has been undermined by rampant piracy. The two cities have discussed joining through the international Sister Cities program as well.

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