Panelist Spotlight: Bryan Calhoun

Bryan Calhoun

Bryan Calhoun has worked in the music industry in various capacities including A&R, marketing, radio promotions, business development and concert promotions for over 15 years including time at Relativity Records, RED Distribution, Warlock Records, Serchlite Music and as COO of GOOD Music. He formerly served as president of New Media and External Affairs at SoundExchange and held a position on the board of the Future of Music Coalition. In 2003, he founded LMS to help indie record labels succeed. To that end, he developed specific business solutions to achieve that goal, namely the Music Business Toolbox and the Label Management Systems Financial Software. His professional consulting clients include Kanye West, MSN Entertainment, Disturbing Tha Peace, Monster Cable and more. Mr. Calhoun graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in 1992. Check out this feature article about Bryan on Terry College’s website!

Bryan Calhoun will join our panel on Music Business Models in the Digital Era at 3 p.m. 

Panelist Spotlight: Bryan Calhoun

Panelist Spotlight: Andrew Pequignot

Andrew Pequignot

Andrew Pequignot is a member of The Moore Firm, LLC, an entertainment and intellectual property boutique firm in Atlanta, Georgia, and counsel at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. He has litigation, transactional, and counseling experience in diverse areas such as music licensing, fair use, the DMCA, software, Section 230 of the CDA, the First Amendment, and rights of privacy and publicity.

Andrew is a frequent writer and speaker and has lectured at Emory University and Georgia State University on topics including the DMCA, fair use, and the First Amendment. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine and as one of the “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine.

Andrew currently co-chairs the Southeast Chapter of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (“CSUSA”) and is on the editorial board of the Journal of CSUSA. He formerly served on the committee that drafted the pattern jury instructions for copyright cases in the Eleventh Circuit and chaired the copyright committee of the IP Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Panelist Spotlight: Andrew Pequignot

Panelist Spotlight: Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore, past Chair of the Entertainment Section for the State Bar of Georgia, is the principal of her own entertainment and intellectual property boutique law practice, The Moore Firm, LLC. Ms. Moore has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law where she taught Entertainment Law and Visual Arts and the Law, as well as at Georgia State University where she taught Copyright Law as an adjunct. She lectures frequently around the country on music, copyright, art law, film, television, literary publishing, new technology and new media issues. After matriculating at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where, as a Phi Beta Kappa, she received a BA in History and Political Science with Honors and Highest Distinction in 1995. Ms. Moore graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998. During law school, Ms. Moore served on the Managing Board of the Journal of Social Policy and the Law as Articles Development Editor, after which she clerked for the Honorable A. Joe Fish, Chief Judge of the United States District Court in the Northern District of Texas. Ms. Moore joined the law firm of Arnall Golden & Gregory in the fall of 1999 where she worked in the general litigation department and practiced in the areas of entertainment, employment, bankruptcy and intellectual property. Ms. Moore currently represents numerous bands, songwriters, composers, performers, painters, photographers, record labels, music producers, literary authors, poets, screenwriters, production companies, magazines, galleries, actors, managers, directors, graphic and clothing designers, visual artists, voice-over artists and numerous other entertainment clients, including Fortune 500 companies and celebrities on contracts, licensing, copyright, trademark, First Amendment issues and all other legal aspects of the art, entertainment, intellectual property, film, television, music and literary publishing businesses. Her practice focuses exclusively on both litigation and transactional entertainment and intellectual property matters. She is a frequent lecturer and contributor to various law reviews, entertainment journals and related publications. Ms. Moore has previously co-authored the definitive treaty on Art Law in Georgia entitled Art Law in Georgia: A Guide for Artists and Arts Organizations. In recognition of her extensive experience in the entertainment industry, she was chosen to serve as Editor of Volume 5 (New Technology) of Matthew Bender Entertainment Industry Contracts, a publication of LEXIS and one of the world’s leading publishers of legal analysis and case law. In 2011, Ms. Moore was named one of 13 lawyers under 40 On The Rise in Georgia by the Fulton County Daily Report. In 2009, she was selected as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers magazine for the Entertainment practice in Georgia and has been the recipient of numerous regional and national awards and accolades for her entertainment practice. In 2005, in recognition of her nonprofit work on behalf of low income Georgia artists and nonprofit arts organizations through Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Ms. Moore was awarded the prestigious “Young Attorney of the Year Award” by the American Bar Association Section of Business Law Committee on Nonprofit Organizations. In 2005, she was also named by LawDragon as one of the top 500 attorneys practicing in the nation. She was one of the youngest lawyers ever to be invited to serve as a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia and she serves, by appointment of the Georgia Supreme Court, as a member of the Unauthorized Practice of Law District 5 Committee. Ms. Moore is licensed to practice in Georgia and Texas.

Lisa Moore will be speaking on Fair Use in Music at 4 p.m.

Panelist Spotlight: Lisa Moore

Panelist spotlight: Shawn Nolan

Shawn Nolan Photo

In the early 90s after attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spending time in the trenches of college radio and local record labels, Shawn began his career in the music industry as the manager for the seminal indie rock band Archers of Loaf.

In the late 90s after a brief stint in the A&R and Film / TV licensing departments of Disney-owned Mammoth Records, he moved to Seattle to take the position of VP of International Marketing & Distribution and Creative Director of Film / TV Licensing at Sub Pop Records. There he had the pleasure of working with acts such as the Shins, Iron & Wine, Postal Service, Low, Mudhoney, Rosie Thomas, The Constantines and Sleater Kinney among many others.

Shawn moved back to the Southeast in 2005 and attained his Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law where he exceled in the field of Intellectual Property law. Upon graduation Shawn began practice as the lone associate for Jonathan E. Leonard, P.C., a firm that specializes in representing pop and urban artists, producers, writers, publishing companies and record labels. After six years of practice with JLPC, Shawn hung out his shingle under the name Shawn Nolan Law LLC, where he continues to assist the firm of Jonathan E. Leonard P.C. in addition to his own representation of writers, publishers, record labels, performers and other entertainment based companies. Some of Shawn’s representative clients include Merge Records, The AV Club, Sylvan Esso, METZ, Vetiver, Kill the Noise, EMA, Sufjan Stevens, Fruit Bats, Crooked Fingers, Mount Moriah, and Basia Bulat among others.

Shawn currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Laura, and their two children, Watts and Andie.

Catch Shawn at the 3 p.m. panel, “Music Business Models in the Digital Era: Maximizing Income Streams”

Panelist spotlight: Shawn Nolan

Panelist Spotlight: Casey Rae

Casey Rae

Casey Rae is the Chief Executive Officer of the Future of Music Coalition. He is also a musician, recording engineer, educator and author. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as emerging business models, creators’ rights, technology policy and intellectual property at major conferences, universities and in the media. He has testified before Congress on artist issues and routinely engages leaders in the broader creative community to build bridges and foster engagement in policy conversations. Casey has written dozens of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community in scholarly journals and other publications, and is a regular commentator on the impact of technology on creators in media outlets such as NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Billboard, L.A. Times, Gizmodo, The Hill, Ars Technica, Sirius XM Radio and more. Casey is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. He is the principal ofHeru.us, a media, technology and policy consultancy. In his “spare time,” he runs the DC-based label Lux Eterna Records and publishes The Contrarian Media.

Casey Rae will present a keynote address at 5 p.m. entitled “Transparency: Why it Matters to a Global Digital Marketplace.”

Panelist Spotlight: Casey Rae

Moderator Spotlight: Bertis Downs

Bertis Downs

Since graduating from Davidson College in 1978, Bertis Downs has lived in Athens, Georgia, where he received his law degree in 1981 from the University of Georgia’s School of Law. He represented the band R.E.M. throughout the band’s storied thirty year career and continues on as advisor to their various endeavors since disbandment in 2011.

In 1988 Downs originated the Entertainment Law course at the University School of Law. Since then, he has regularly nourished his interest in teaching by speaking at various continuing legal education and music industry conferences, and he has lectured widely at universities and law schools in the United States and abroad. His civic and sociopolitical interests has taken a special interest in advocating for our nation’s public school children and teachers. His focus is on fighting the growing corporatization of public schools to the detriment of the teaching and learning that goes on in them. His main professional interest is, like most everyone else in the creative industries these days, the changing legal and business landscape in the digital age of ubiquity.

Downs married Katherine in 1986 and they have two daughters, Adelaide and Eliza. Downs is active in various organizations and has served on boards for groups including The Network for Public Education, People for the American Way, The Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation, and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

Moderator Spotlight: Bertis Downs

Panelist Spotlight: John Seay

John Seay

John Seay is an entertainment attorney and founder of The Seay Firm LLC, a law firm based in Atlanta. John has many years of experience as a musician, tour manager, and music journalist. Although as an entertainment attorney he represents all types of artists, his area of special interest is music. He’s been quoted or sourced in matters relating to entertainment law in Pitchfork, WSB-TV, Flagpole Magazine, and the AJC, among others. John is a graduate of The University of Georgia School of Law and can bench press over one hundred pounds or its equivalent in cats. Visit him online at www.theseayfirm.com or follow him on Twitter: @TheSeayFirmLLC

Panelist Spotlight: John Seay

Panelist Spotlight: Lucy Jewel

Jewel-bio Professor Jewel teaches Entertainment Law, Torts, and Legal Writing at the University of Tennessee College of Law.  She came to teach at UT from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, where, in addition to teaching Entertainment Law, she taught legal writing and legal skills courses and served as Director of Legal Writing. Her teaching is informed by several years of practice experience as a commercial litigator with the New York City firm of Wachtel, Masyr, & Missry, LLP.

Professor Jewel’s scholarship focuses on the intersections between culture, law, technology, and rhetoric, with a particular interest in unmasking how rhetorical choices and cultural forces impact legal and social outcomes. Her articles have appeared journals such as the Yale Journal of Law & Technology, University of Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Buffalo Law Review, and the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology.

Professor Jewel is a frequent presenter at national and international academic conferences.  Most recently, she has spoken at the American Association of Law Schools Conference, the Law & Society Conference, the International Legal Ethics Conference at City University Law School, London U.K., and the Legal Writing Institute’s Biennial Conference.  She is a member of the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, and is a founding board member of ClassCrits, an organization of legal scholars dedicated to uncovering the connections between law and inequality. Prior to working as a lawyer, she worked at Autotonic, Inc., a publicity agency for independent bands, and at Rocks In Your Head, a store specializing in the sale of vinyl LPs.

Panelist Spotlight: Lucy Jewel