Michael Morris moderated the annual “Music Legal Eagles Panel” of the California Copyright Conference, held online September 14.

The panelists addressed legislative developments affecting the music industry, including the Music Modernization Act and the Mechanical Licensing Collective. Other topics included recording and music publishing agreements, catalog sales, revenue splits between labels and artists, and music-related litigation.

Joining Michael for the discussion were Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, Principal of Charlesworth Law; Jordan Bromley, a Partner with Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP and leader of the firm’s Entertainment, Transaction and Finance Practice; Neville L. Johnson, a partner with Johnson & Johnson, LLP; and Shay M. Lawson, Managing Attorney with Lawson McKinley.

An informal conversation about the topic followed the presentation.

The program was approved for MCLE Credit.

The California Copyright Conference, established in 1953, hosts discussions of copyright-related and other topics pertaining to music and entertainment. Its 300 members represent all areas of the music and entertainment industry.

As a former trial lawyer for the IRS and a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law, Michael provides insightful resolutions to his clients’ complicated tax, estate and business transaction issues. In the entertainment industry, he has developed a strong reputation for providing valuable and effective business solutions in areas such as copyright and contractual matters.