Hosts speakers, sponsors, and field trips concerning legal issues in the sports and entertainment industries, including the annual Protect Athens Music conference dedicated to music, law and technology.

Protect Athens Music Website


Advisor:  Professor David E. Shipley

President Kayla Pansy kayla.pansy25@uga.edu
Vice-President (Sports) Shayla Bivins sjb33989@uga.edu
Vice-President (Entertainment) Cameron Cilano cjc30824@uga.edu
Chair of Protect Athens Music Daniel Philyaw dep22851@uga.edu
Treasurer Emily McCutcheon eam50568@uga.edu
Secretary Briana Burrows brianab3@uga.edu


Protect Athens Music 2017

When: March 28, 2017
Where: 40 Watt Club, 285 W. Washington Street Athens, GA 30601
Event Schedule
5:00 p.m. – Doors Open
5:15 p.m. – Nuçi’s Space Informational Presentation
5:30 p.m. – Feature Panel: Influence vs. Infringement
6:30 p.m. – Live performance from Falco Brown
Influence vs. Infringement: What Does Williams v. Bridgeport Music Mean For Musicians and Copyright Law?
The jury in Williams v. Bridgeport Music, Inc. (the “Blurred Lines” trial) found that Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and Clifford Harris Jr.’s hit song “Blurred Lines” infringed on the Marvin Gaye Estate’s copyright for the 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” The Gaye family was awarded more than $7.4 million in damages and profits and a 50 percent running royalty on future songwriter and publishing revenue for “Blurred Lines.”
Since the jury reached its verdict in Williams v. Bridgeport Music, Inc., musicians, copyright scholars, and fans alike have been left to ponder what copyright infringement truly means. Did the jury get it right? What does it mean to infringe on someone’s copyright? What is the effect of a musicologist’s testimony on a lay jury? What does the jury’s logically inconsistent verdict mean for the future of copyright? How should musicians protect themselves from similar lawsuits going forward?
Our expert panelists will answer these questions and more at Protect Athens Music 2017! Join us for our feature panel Influence vs. Infringement on March 28th at 5:30 p.m.
For more information visit https://protectathensmusic.wordpress.com/.

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