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On Sept. 25, 2007, Jenner & Block Partner Steven R. Englund spoke at a program organized by the DC Bar Intellectual Property Law Section's Arts, Entertainment, Media & Sports Law Section and the DC Chapter of the Copyright Society entitled, "Royalties, Rates and Ringtones: Hot Issues before the Copyright Royalty Board."
The Copyright Royalty Board and the U.S. Copyright Office have been in the limelight lately as they have issued important decisions concerning royalty rates for Internet radio and the proper treatment of ringtone licensing under the Copyright Act. Additional key decisions are forthcoming.
Jenner & Block represents SoundExchange, a nonprofit organization that collects royalties from users of recorded music, such as Internet radio stations, on behalf of recording companies and featured artists who perform the songs. Jenner & Block also is representing the Recording Industry Association of America in a proceeding before the Copyright Royalty Board to set the royalty rates that record companies and digital music services pay to music publishers for the use of songs on CDs, digital downloads, and music subscription services.
Other participants in the luncheon program were Jacqueline Charlesworth, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the National Music Publishers' Association; Michael Huppe, General Counsel of SoundExchange, Inc.; David Oxenford, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine; and Lee Knife, General Counsel of the Digital Media Association.