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From Microsoft to AT&T, L.A.'s Bar continues as nation's first to address streamed content
LOS ANGELES - March 20, 2001. Entertainment attorneys still may not be ready for the next possible legal battleground on the net, streaming media, warned attorneys from Subscreen, the Los Angeles County Bar Association's subsection of Television and Film and the Internet. As a part of the nation's largest local bar association, Subscreen announced today that it will continue as the nation's first bar association to address streaming media and its impact on copyright law when it hosts its second annual roundtable discussion on April 18, 2001 featuring top net-streamers from AT & T and Television Internet.
This year's California Streamin' <2> is entitled "Riding the Wave of Success in Internet Content Delivery". "The MP3 and Napster litigations were only the opening skirmish in the continuing battle between internet content owners and users, " warns Subscreen Executive Board members. "Web content providers and their legal advisers are inventing business models, deal structures and licensing arrangements that must stand up to the test of the future."
The importance of legal issues and streaming media was evidenced by last year's attendance. California Streamin' <1> 2000 attracted over two thousand visitors to the event's website in the ten days before the event. The event was eventually oversolded over 50% and attracted some of Los Angeles' leading studio counsels and private entertainment attorneys. Covered in the Hollywood Reporter, LaTimes.com, StreamingMedia.com, the event was headed by Microsoft's James Root followed by Launch.com's President Bob Roback and leading Los Angeles attorneys Lionel S. Sobel and Simon Horsman.
Subscreen, whose membership includes Los Angeles' leading entertainment attorneys and corporate counsels, last year made California Streamin' an annual event because of the Southland's desire for legal streaming events. Subscreen saw a widespread concern among attorneys as to how to handle streamed content under the Copyright Act. For even sophisticated corporate counsel, streaming media content can pose a confusion for purposes of Copyright registration and protection.
AT&T's Ray Goldsmith will headline this year's event followed by Television Internet Broadcasting Network head and entertainment attorney Anthony N. Kling; noted Professor Robert Lind of the National Institute of Entertainment and Media Law; and Peter Haviland of the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. To accommodate oversold crowds from last year, the event is being hosted at the state-of-the-art LACBA/Lexis Publishing Conference Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Subscreen is a subsection of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the nation's largest local bar association. Committed to television, film and internet matters, Subscreen events have in recent years brought together Los Angeles' top corporate counsels and entertainment attorneys on groundbreaking issues. CBS Broadcasting and Microsoft Corporation have hosted previous events.
"AT&T Corp. is among the world's premier voice and data communications companies, serving consumers, businesses, and government. With annual revenues of more than $62 billion and 160,000 employees, AT&T provides services to customers worldwide. Backed by the research and development capabilities of AT&T Labs, the company runs the world's largest, most sophisticated communications network and has one of the largest digital wireless networks in North America. The company is a leading supplier of data and Internet services for businesses and offers outsourcing, consulting and networking-integration to large businesses. It is also the nation's largest direct Internet access service for consumers. Through its recent cable acquisitions, AT&T will bring its bundle of broadband video, voice and data services to customers throughout the United States. Internationally, the AT&T/BT Global Venture -- recently named Concert -- will serve the communications needs of multinational companies and international carriers worldwide."
About Television Internet
Launched in 1997, the Television Internet Broadcasting Network today remains the only CDN (content delivery network) producing and streaming half-hour, and now hour-long, original network-quality filmed episodic programs for the web. When its series "Muscle Beach" first premiered in March 2000, the comedy/fitness show immediately became the net's most watched. As the historic "first network-quality first-run series for the Web" according to Variety, the show by June made history again by airing the net's first hour-long original special. Today, the net's most watched series is also its longest running. In 2001, Kling's Television Internet slated to deliver over thirty hours of original series programming. Television Internet is currently producing over sixty half-hour and hour-long on-demand original episodes. After having been best known for its award-nominated content, the internationally acclaimed Microsoft Content Partner has matured to become the world's leading destination for original streaming video programming, streaming media services, broadband services, and soon wireless programming, for its anticipated deployment of TelevisionMobile.com covered in Zap2it.com. Today, Television Internet has three core businesses (content, products, and services) and one affiliate business (Television Mobile).
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