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"
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.