The Music Modernization Act and What It Means to You
Presented by the Production Music Association
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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.
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.
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.
Danielle Aguirre, EVP & General Counsel, NMPA
Danielle Malito Aguirre currently serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. She began serving as General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Business Affairs in 2015. During the four years prior to this position, she served as Senior Vice President for Litigation and Business Affairs. Danielle currently oversees all of NMPA’s legal, business and policy objectives.
Previously, as NMPA’s Senior Vice President, Aguirre managed all litigation and Copyright Royalty Board proceedings, handled business affairs, including the negotiation of model industry license agreements, and oversaw NMPA’s Anti-Piracy Program.
Prior to joining NMPA, Mrs. Aguirre was an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP in Washington, DC, where for nine years she litigated cases on behalf of corporate clients in federal and state courts, before arbitration panels and mediators, and in proceedings before federal agencies. She received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her BA from Georgetown University, and is a member of both the New York and District of Columbia bars.