Valensi Rose Managing Partner Michael R. Morris will moderate a panel discussion entitled “A Second Bite of the Copyright Apple: Copyright Terminations – What you Need to Know to Reclaim Your Copyright,” at the California Copyright Conference.

The evening discussion will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Event Center, 12833 Ventura Blvd., in Studio City.

Also moderating will be Erin M. Jacobson, Esq., The Music Industry Lawyer (

The panelists will include Evan S. Cohen, Esq., of Copyright Termination Experts; Dan Perloff, Head of Research at Copyright Termination Experts; and Stephen Bishop, a Grammy- and Oscar-nominated songwriter.

Section 203 of the Copyright Act, otherwise known as the “35-year law,” permits authors (or their heirs or representatives) to terminate copyright assignments and licenses that were granted after December 31, 1977 if certain conditions have been met.

The law gives musicians and songwriters a “second bite at the apple,” providing an opportunity for them to regain ownership of creative works they transferred to record labels and music publishers after a period of 35 years.

The panel will discuss the steps artists must take to regain their rights, and complications that can arise, such as works created by several artists working collaboratively, and rights that have been licensed to multiple entities.

Mr. Morris, a past President of California Copyright Conference, is a former trial lawyer for the IRS and a certified specialist in taxation law. His entertainment industry clients include producers, record labels, composers, music publishers, actors, talent agencies, motion picture companies, post-production houses and Grammy-winning recording artists.

The Conference, established in 1953, focuses on copyright and other issues pertaining to music and entertainment. Its members include publishers, songwriters, composers, attorneys, music supervisors, trade publication representatives, performing rights societies, music libraries, motion pictures, television, multimedia, Internet, and record companies.

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