Arts & Humanities Society & Culture

UGA law school to host first Music and Technology Conference

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law’s student-edited Journal of Intellectual Property Law will host its first Music and Technology Conference on March 27 beginning at 3 p.m. at the historic Morton Theatre in downtown Athens.

The event will bring together some of the industry’s top entertainment attorneys as well as policy advocates and technologists from across the country.

“This conference is a great opportunity to hear from music professionals regarding the issues facing artists presently,” said Brian D. Stoltz, conference organizer and a third-year law student. “With experts in both entertainment law and intellectual property law, discussions should shed light on tough issues such as fair use and artists’ ability to generate income.”

Casey Rae, the chief executive officer of the Future of Music Coalition, will present a keynote address at 5 p.m. Rae is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a member of the board of directors for the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. A musician, recording engineer, educator and author, he is a regular commentator on the impact of technology on artists. Additionally, he has testified before Congress on artist issues.

There also will be two panel sessions with discussions centering on fair use in music and how musicians can maximize income streams in the digital age. The panels will be moderated by Bertis E. Downs IV, the attorney and manager for the rock band R.E.M., and David E. Shipley, Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Law.

The event is open to the public and free to attend. For attorneys seeking continuing legal education credits, two are available for a cost of $30. For more information, see or contact Stoltz at

The Journal of Intellectual Property Law is partnering with the Athens Slingshot Festival to host this conference.

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