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Merging of Disciplines Within Entertainment Law, Global Impact of Goods and Services Reflected in Programs at ABA Forum Annual Meeting

Chicago, Sept. 13, 2005 -- What legal issues -- and headaches -- are raised by the development, production and licensing of reality television programs? Does the Federal Communications Commission really know indecency and profanity when it sees and hears it? What opportunities exist for the talent, brands or other content providers within the video game industry, arguably the fastest growing segment of entertainment?

These and other cutting-edge legal topics will be explored when the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries holds its 2005 annual meeting, Oct. 6 - 8 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York.

With a goal of enhancing the professional development of lawyers in all facets of the entertainment and sports industries, the forum's annual meeting includes programs on cross-platform management of intellectual property; lawyers as advocates for social and business change; the intersection of sports marketing, sports media and digital technology; the future of designer drugs and gene doping in amateur and professional sports; and the legal and business issues that arise when full-text books are made available for search and display on the Internet.

Also, Henry S. Schleiff, chairman and CEO of Court TV, will be keynote speaker at the meeting's Friday, Oct. 7, luncheon.

To register or for more information and a complete list of annual meeting programs and times, visit www.abanet.org/forums/entsports.

Registration fees are $650 for general attendees, $600 for ABA members, $550 for forum members, and $400 for law students.

The Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries works to educate lawyers in the legal principles and transactional aspects of entertainment and sports law, to provide a platform for the discussion of issues affecting these fields, and to foster excellence in the practice of law in these fields. The forum consists of nine divisions: Interactive Media and New Technologies; Literary Publishing; Merchandising and Licensing; Litigation; Motion Pictures, Television, Cable and Radio; Music and Personal Appearances; Sports; Visual Arts; and Theater and Performing Arts.

With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.

Note to Editors: Accredited reporters are welcome to attend the annual meeting for free. To register contact Dave Jaffe, ABA Division for Media Relations and Communication Services, 312/988-6139 or jaffed@staff.abanet.org.

Contact: Dave Jaffe
Phone: 312/988-6139
E-Mail: jaffed@staff.abanet.org
Online: www.abanews.org

Source: American Bar Association

Web site: http://www.abanet.org/forums/entsports

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