Copyright in sound-alikes – legal and industry perspectives on Eight Mile Style LLC v New Zealand National Party (the ‘Eminem case’)

Presented by Paul Sumpter (Auckland), Matt Toulmin (Wellington), Chelsea Wong and Jan Hellriegel

Paul is an IP practitioner and academic.

Matt is a litigator with a specialty in IP disputes. Each will provide an introduction to the relevant copyright framework.

Chelsea recently completed conjoint BMus and LLB (Hons) degrees at the University of Auckland. She will discuss issues she explored in her honours dissertation (supervised by Paul), namely points of tension in music copyright law evident when considering the Eminem case from both a legal and music scholar’s perspective.

Jan is a well-known musician/songwriter and prominent music industry advocate, through her roles as music publisher (Songbroker) and music licensing & supervision specialist (Aeroplane Music). Jan gave expert evidence in the Eight Mile Style trial and will share her thoughts on the implications of the High Court’s decision for local music rights owners and users, as well as tips on how to avoid music copyright infringement.

Wellington Meeting

DATE: Wednesday, 2 May 2018
TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
VENUE: Offices of AJ Park
Level 22, State Insurance Tower,
1 Willis Street,
COST: NZ$20.00 Members
NZ$35.00 Non-members
RSVP: 27 April 2018 (by email or post)

Christchurch and Hamilton

(Study group session with recording)

DATE: Wednesday, 9 May 2018
TIME: 12:00 pm
VENUES: Offices of James & Wells,
Level 12 KPMG Centre,
85 Alexandra Street,
Offices of James & Wells,
Level 4, State Insurance Building,
88 Division Street,
COST: NZ$20.00 Members
NZ$35.00 Non-members
RSVP: 4 May 2018 (by email or post)



All attendees of our Wellington and Auckland meetings will earn CPD points. Study groups in Hamilton and Christchurch where recordings of the seminars will be watched and open for discussion at the groups will be held on 1 November at 12noon.  Any questions unanswered at the groups will be followed up with the presenter.  This complies for CPD as per Law Society requirements.

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Alison van Wyk, c/- Richmond Chambers
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Phone (09) 600 5500

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