Entertainment Law Initiative Scholarship Finalists Announced

Writing competition finalists to attend prestigious GRAMMY Week event
February 02, 2011 -- 2:07 am PST
GRAMMY.com

The GRAMMY Foundation's 13th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation will take place on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The GRAMMY Week event will feature GRAMMY-winning artist/producer will.i.am as keynote speaker, and will honor John T. Frankenheimer, distinguished entertainment attorney, partner and co-chairman of Loeb & Loeb LLP., and chair of the firm's music industry practice group, as the recipient of the 2011 Service Award, which honors an attorney who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing and supporting the music community through music.

Additionally, the finalists of the 2011 ELI Writing Competition will be honored at the event, with a cash scholarship of $5,000 presented to the author of the winning paper, and $1,500 awarded to each of four runners-up. The finalists of the 2011 writing competition are:

Winner: William Jacobson, Charlotte School of Law
"The Robot's Record: Protecting The Value Of Intellectual Property In Music When Automation Drives The Marginal Cost Of Music Production To Zero"

Runners-Up:
Daniel Carollo, St. John's University School of Law
"The Rejection Of Recording Contracts In Bankruptcy: How Means Testing Changed The Landscape For Artists"

Jay Patel, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
"Viral Videos: Medicine For Record Labels In The Fight Against Copyright Termination?"

Brian Pearl, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
"Record Labels, Federal Courts, And The FCC: Using Uncertainty In Communications Law To Fight Online Copyright Infringement"

Maral Vahdani, Chapman University School of Law
"Running On Empty: The Problem With Politicians And Stealing [Music]"

The ELI Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. Past award-winning topics have featured issues germane and timely to the music industry including bootlegging, music sampling and litigation against peer-to-peer network users.

ELI finalists' papers will be published in a major legal journal and each will receive airfare, hotel accommodations, and a ticket to the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, as well as invitations to other GRAMMY Week activities.

For more information on ELI, visit www.grammyfoundation.org.


 

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