Positive Verdict For AIM Academy’s Legal Day

The first AIM Academy event of the year was an informative and engaging day for attendees.

The opening presentation was by Dorothea Thompson of Friends-of-AIM law firm Bray and Krais. Dorothea talked attendees through the definition of copyright in general, copyright ownership, duration of copyright, using other’s works legally, copyright infringement, protecting your work, and copyright myths.

Pete Bott and Matt Parnell of Friends-of-AIM law firm Swan Turton followed with ‘Contracts 101’. Matt explained why there’s no such thing as the mythical standard recording contract, and Pete covered essential contract requirements, elements, and key clauses.

‘Dispute Resolution’ was tackled in a panel discussion with Ellen Gallagher (Russells), Rupert Skellett (Beggars Group), Matt Bristow (Cherry Red), and James Collins from Friends-of-AIM law firm Collins Long. Panellists shared their experience of resolving disputes from both a label in-house perspective and from a practice perspective.

After a networking lunch AIM’s newly appointed Legal and Business Affairs Manager, Gee Davy presented ‘Issues around Neighbouring Rights’. Panellists Chloe Rowlatt (PPL), Christiaan Winchester (Kobalt) and Henry Thomas (Domino/Double Six Rights) discussed practical and effective Neighbouring Rights management.

AIM’s CEO Paul Pacifico, in conversation with Mute’s Snooki Grubb, followed with ‘International Law’. Topics covered included: access to foreign markets; which country do you start in, and what deals should you do?

A lively ‘Negotiation Skills’ workshop was presented Dr James R Álvarez, one of the world’s leading hostage negotiators. James took the audience through different negotiation situations from real life case studies, and how to employ innovative strategies for successful outcomes.

Networking drinks rounded off this highly-requested and well-received event, which AIM is planning to run again later this year.