New York Law School's Institute for Information Law & Policy to Host Amateur Hour Conference to Discuss User-generated Content Impact on Traditional Media

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From YouTube to Craigslist to Flickr to blogs and citizen journalism, technology is enabling amateurs to produce and distribute high-quality content that people want to watch, read, consume, re-use, and buy. The Amateur Hour Conference at New York Law School on Friday, November 2 will bring together leaders in business, law, and technology to focus on the opportunities and challenges of user-generated content to traditional media and entertainment businesses.

We're very excited to be hosting the inaugural Amateur Hour Conference, especially at a time when the social, legal, and business significance of user-generated content is exploding

On Friday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Institute for Information Law & Policy at New York Law School will host the "Amateur Hour Conference" to discuss the present and future of user-generated content and its impact on media and content businesses. Amateur Hour will take place at the Law School, located at 57 Worth St. Directly following the conference, there will be a cocktail party from 5 to 7 p.m.

From television (YouTube and Revver) to advertising (Craigslist and consumer-made TV ads), movies (Machinima), photography (Flickr and iStockPhoto), and news (blogs and citizen journalism), technology is enabling amateurs to produce and distribute high-quality content that people want to watch, read, consume, re-use, and buy. As a result, media and entertainment companies are facing a range of new business, legal, and management issues.

The conference will bring together leaders in business, law, and technology to focus on the opportunities and challenges of user-generated content to traditional media and entertainment businesses. The conference will address such questions as:

What effect will amateur content have on advertising, marketing, public relations, television, and broadcast networks?
What are the legal issues for media businesses that user-generated content poses?
What are the innovative legal arrangements that can be deployed to channel amateur production and distribution for success and profit?
What new business models enable traditional businesses and amateur contributors to collaborate?

"We're very excited to be hosting the inaugural Amateur Hour Conference, especially at a time when the social, legal, and business significance of user-generated content is exploding," Dan Hunter, Visiting Professor at New York Law School and chair of the conference, said. "Microsoft and Blizzard have just released guidelines for the use of their games in the production of machinima by amateur content producers, and a coalition of networks and copyright owners including Disney, NBC Universal, CBS, and Viacom have recently announced their guidelines for user-generated content services. These professional producers and distributors are trying to understand how they can benefit from the efforts of their fans, users, and other amateur content generators. But as Microsoft recently discovered, they run the risk of alienating the most talented producers, like Edgeworks, the creators of The Codex series, who vowed no longer to use Microsoft's Halo game in producing their award-winning machinima after reading the software giant's new licensing terms."

Confirmed speakers include:

Molly Beutz, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School;
Lane Buschel, VP, Morris & King;
Roxanne Christ, Partner, Latham & Watkins;
Kai Falkenberg, Editorial Counsel, Forbes Magazine;
Ian Fletcher, Chief Executive, United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office;
Nathan Freitas, Co-founder, Cruxy.com;
Caroline McCarthy, CNET News.com;
Andrés Monroy-Hernández, MIT Media Lab;
Heather Moosnick, VP Business Development, CBS Interactive;
Brian Murphy, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC;
Marni Pedorella, Vice President, Intellectual Property, NBC Universal;
Stanley Pierre-Louis, Vice President and Associate General Counsel IP, Viacom Inc.;
Martin Schwimmer, Of Counsel, Moses & Singer; Principal, Schwimmer Mitchell Law; The Trademark Blog
Clay Shirky, Professor, NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program, Author of the forthcoming book Here Comes Everybody;
Lisa Stancati, Assistant General Counsel, ESPN;
David Sternbach, Litigation and Intellectual Property Counsel, A&E Television Networks;
Cameron Stracher, Professor and Co-Director, Program in Law & Journalism, New York Law School
Rob Weitzner, VP Business Development, Independent Online Distribution Alliance
Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution;
Lori Wentworth Odierno, Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School.

The cost of attendance is $50. The conference is available for CLE credits. CLE credits are awarded 1.5 credits per panel, at an additional cost of $60 per panel. Registration is required. To register, visit http://www.regonline.com/amhr. For the full conference schedule, visit http://www.nyls.edu/amhr.

About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city's centers of law, government, and finance. New York Law School's renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School's strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, urban legal studies, international and comparative law, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its seven academic centers: Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Center on Business Law and Policy, Institute for Information Law and Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and enrolls some 1,500 students in its full- and part-time J.D. program and its Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation program. http://www.nyls.edu
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