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With Michele Byrd-McPhee (Founder, Ladies of Hip-Hop), Elena Paul (Dir. Legal & Business Affairs, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater), Marc Ostrow (Counsel, Romano Law).
Tue, Mar 28, 2023 @ 06:00 PM   FREE   Cardozo School of Law, 55 5th Ave, 5th Fl

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The 1976 Copyright Act included choreography & pantomime to the list of copyrightable subject matter. In 2018, TikTok surpassed Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & YouTube's downloads & launched the viral dance phenomenon. The panel will discuss the requirements to copyright dance & how the topic of protection & credits for choreographers has come to the forefront of the conversation with the expansion of TikTok.

This online panel is approved for 1.5 transitional/non-transitional New York State CLE credits in the category Areas of Professional Practice. To receive CLE credits for the panel, you must attend the program live. We cannot award CLE credits for watching a recorded version of any part of this program.

This event is hybrid & open to the public. When you register, please select in-person or virtual. Proof of vaccination is required for anyone attending in-person.


Marc D. Ostrow is a Senior Counsel at Romano Law PLLC, focusing on copyright & entertainment law, with an on the music business. He represents composers, songwriters, recording artists, labels, music publishers as well other creators & licensors of intellectual property. From 2010-2016 he served as Adjunct Professor at Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University where he taught courses on the music business. Ostrow is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania & the University of Chicago Law School. He has served on the board of the New York Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers, as a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA & as a publisher member of the ASCAP Symphonic & Concert Music Committee. Ostrow frequently speaks at various industry forums & educational institutions & writes frequently on music & copyright issues. He has been recognized by his peers as a 2022 New York Super Lawyer for entertainment & sports law & has achieved the highest peer rating, AV Preeminent, with Martindale-Hubbell. Ostrow is also a performing songwriter & composer.

Elena Paul is the director of legal & business affairs for Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, a premiere modern dance company based in New York. Prior to joining Alvin Ailey, she was the executive director for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts where she represented clients on a pro bono basis, acting as general counsel & a legal advisor to arts & cultural organizations & individuals artists. Previously, she was the executive director of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. Elena has been intricately involved in many arts related organizations. She serves on the board of the Sculpture Center, a nonprofit arts institution. She is also an adjunct professor in the Producing & Documentary Programs at the New York Film Academy.

Michele Byrd-McPhee is the founder & Executive Director of Ladies of Hip-Hop, a non-profit organization empowering girls & women through Hip-Hop culture & arts. Michele has been working for decades to re-contextualize spaces & conversations about Hip-Hop culture along gender, sex, cultural, socio-historical & racial lines. As well as, situating Black dance forms, theories, dance techniques & the value of the lived artistic experience, in spaces that honor & acknowledge cultural roots along with the many creative pioneers who have shaped them. This is especially important given the ways in which Black dance has been co-opted, appropriated without acknowledgement to its community cultural origins. Byrd-McPhee earned her BS from Temple University & an MS in Nonprofit Arts Management from Drexel University. Michele also worked many years in TV & arts production, working as a production coordinator at Brooklyn Academy of Music & then as a Senior Music Coordinator at Late Night with Seth Meyers. Michele currently is teaching Marketing for the Arts & Arts Advocacy at Texas Tech University. She also serves as a Bessie Award Committee Member along with her ongoing commitment as Executive Director for Ladies of Hip-Hop & artistic director of LDC (LOHH Dance Collective).
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