The Music Modernization Act and What it Means to You

The Music Modernization Act (the MMA) will change how payments for music are collected and distributed across digital platforms, as well as make other much-needed improvements to the music licensing landscape.

Featuring representatives from ASCAP, BMI, and the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), this panel examines the MMA as it sets out to reform the rules governing music use for the digital age. Many years in the making, this bill has been recently approved by the House Judiciary Committee on the passage towards becoming law. Come hear an expert panel share insight into the exciting, pivotal changes this bill brings to the recorded music world.

MODERATOR:

Joe Saba, Co-Founder, VideoHelper

Joe Saba is the co-founder of Videohelper, one of the leading independent creators and suppliers of production music. He’s also an active composer / producer both for the library and for custom projects, including show themes, music for the Olympics, and several Super Bowl Commercials.

In 1995, he and Stewart Winter launched Videohelper from a bootlegger’s warehouse. Today, the company has its own studios off Union Square in NYC and its music is used daily in over 60 countries by broadcasters, studios, agencies and other global media brands.

Joe is also a co-founder and current Vice Chairman of the Production Music Association.

PANELISTS:

Joe DiMona, Vice President of Legal Affairs, BMI

Joe DiMona is Vice President of Legal Affairs at Broadcast Music, Inc. Mr. DiMona has been handling legal matters for BMI for more than 20 years. In his role, Mr. DiMona oversees a wide range of matters, including license negotiations and license fee litigation before the BMI rate court in the Southern District of New York, the negotiation and drafting of music performance license agreements, and handling Copyright Royalty Board compulsory license proceedings and copyright infringement actions against unlicensed music users. Mr. DiMona has dealt extensively with legislative and regulatory matters in Washington, D.C., for two decades, including testifying at Copyright Office hearings.

Mr. DiMona first joined BMI in 1992 as Assistant Vice President, Licensing and Counsel, and was made Vice President in 2002. Prior to joining BMI, he was an associate in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Reid & Priest from 1986-92, representing BMI in various compulsory royalty distribution cases, among other clients in regulatory and IP-related matters.

Mr. DiMona was involved in the creation of the first music performance Internet website license in 1995 and has been active in new media licensing and digital copyright issues. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on matters involving copyright law and digital media licensing issues. In addition, he plays an active role in copyright and music business education.

Mr. DiMona graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1981 and received his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1986. He is admitted to practice in New York State and District of Columbia, and is a member of the Recording Academy, the Copyright Society of the United States, the Association of Independent Music Publishers, the New York City Bar Association, the American Bar Association and American Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. DiMona is on the board of the International Alliance of Literary Authors’ US, and on the advisory board of the USC Gould/Beverly Hills Bar Association IP program.

Erich Collins Carey, Vice President & Senior Counsel

Erich Collins Carey is the Vice President & Senior Counsel, at the National Music Publishers’ Association. Erich joined NMPA in 2015. His role encompasses management of the NMPA’s Copyright Royalty Board proceedings and litigation efforts, negotiation of member opt-in licensing agreements, interface with the U.S. Copyright Office and oversight of the NMPA’s international portfolio.

Prior to joining the NMPA, Erich worked for six years as an attorney at New York City law firm Pryor Cashman LLP in the Litigation, Digital Media and Entertainment practice groups. Erich’s broad experience includes advocating for music publishers in industry-shaping litigation concerning the impact of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees on digital music services, representing EMI Records in shutting down long-running pirate website Grooveshark and performing due diligence in connection with the sale of the EMI recorded music and music publishing catalogs to Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Erich graduated from Amherst College and Fordham Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal, and received honors as the graduating student with the highest grades in intellectual property courses.

Erich’s advocacy for songwriters is founded on his own personal passion. Erich is an actively performing singer/songwriter, has recorded two albums of original material, has twice earned honorable mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and has performed for heads of state including former U.S. President William J. Clinton and members of Congress.

Sam Mosenkis, Vice President of Legal Affairs, ASCAP

Sam Mosenkis is the Vice President of Legal Affairs at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers ("ASCAP") where he advises on issues related to music licensing, copyright and entertainment-related legislation and regulation, as well as general in-house affairs. On behalf of publishers and songwriters, Sam has negotiated licensing deals with a wide array of users, has authored numerous briefs and position papers filed before various Federal courts and agencies, and has been instrumental in the drafting and introduction of copyright-related legislation. Sam regularly speaks on copyright and music licensing issues.

Prior to joining ASCAP, he was associated with the tax and litigation groups of White & Case LLP and clerked for the Hon. James Halpern of the U.S. Tax Court. Sam holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yeshiva University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was an Editor of the Cardozo Law Review.

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