The two-day program covers a timely assortment of topics including a review of the Texas music and film industry, recent court decisions and legislation, sound recording copyright, estate planning for copyright owners, anatomy of a copyright infringement case, interpreting recording contracts in the digital era, film distribution, and a review of the Los Lonely Boys' rise to fame. A special luncheon award presentation on Friday will honor Jay L. Cooper with the 2006 Texas Star Award for Outstanding Contribution and Achievement in the field of entertainment law. The presentation will not only pay homage to the esteemed attorney, but will also offer attendees the opportunity to gain some insight from the man himself.
A former president of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, Jay Cooper is a shareholder in the Greenberg Traurig LLP law firm and chair of the firm's West Coast Entertainment Practice. His practice's primary focus on music industry, motion picture, television, multimedia and intellectual property issues necessitates prescient study and action by Mr. Cooper-a pursuit his peers and business associates agree he has embraced with relish and success. Among numerous awards and recognitions over the years, Jay Cooper was most recently named Entertainment Lawyer of the Year for 2006 by the Century Bar Association and Billboard Magazine, respectively. In addition to a past stint as chairman of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries, Mr. Cooper now serves as co-chair of the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies, board member of SoundExchange, member (and former chairman) of the California Copyright Conference, and board member of the Recording Artists' Coalition.