Loyola has free entertainment law symposium Friday

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A top entertainment lawyer is the keynote speaker this week at a free entertainment law symposium Friday at Loyola University’s law school.

Richard Busch was named to Billboard Magazine’s 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the music business for his handling of a lawsuit brought by rapper Eminem’s former production company.

The symposium will examine the local legal and business climate of film, TV and music production, licensing and financing.

Bush will discuss the suit in which the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that agreements between record label Universal and digital download providers like iTunes, are licenses, not sales agreements. This meant Eminem was due half of Universal’s receipts for online sales of his songs in 2007 and 2008, rather than 12 to 20 percent.

Before Busch speaks, panels will examine the local legal and business climate of film, TV and music production, licensing and financing.

One will discuss music licensing for film, TV and commercials, including so-called “360 deals.” Those are agreements between recording companies and artists covering many areas, including songwriting, touring and merchandising.

The second panel is about legal issues including tax credits, film financing, and common distribution and licensing agreements.

The symposium will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday in Room 308 of Loyola’s College of Law.