Art & Music and NFT Boom? What and How Intellectual Property Rights Are Implica



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About the Program

The demand for non-fungible tokens (NFT?s) is at an all-time high and many say it is here to stay. NFTs are unique digital items such as visual art, stickers, game skins, and even music, that allow virtual goods to be ?tokenized? and exchanged for cryptocurrency on the blockchain. NFTs are governed by smart contracts and are distributed through cryptocurrency platforms such as WAX, Nifti Gateway, or OpenSea to name a few. Unlike a traditional contract sitting on your lawyer?s desk, a smart contract is computer code that holds all the information about the token and how to trade it on a blockchain like Ethereum. Smart contracts allow developers to build apps that take advantage of blockchain security, reliability, and accessibility. There are many legal questions surrounding the intellectual property embodied in an NFT and the questions regarding potential government regulation of NFTs. This panel will explore the regulatory legal topics and the intellectual property concerns as it pertains to art and music in an NFT and how to maximize its value and monetize same.

Meet the Speakers
Dina LaPolt


Owner and founder of LaPolt Law, P.C.

Dina LaPolt is the founder of LaPolt Law, a Los Angeles-based law firm representing some of the world’s top entertainers and entrepreneurs. She is an expert at solving sophisticated legal and business issues relating to contracts, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, and litigation. 

Her background in law, music and teaching, and her exceptional attention to detail, combine for an approach to client problem-solving that is unique in the industry. She also serves as a forceful activist for creators and celebrities, working on legislative matters that affect the rights of her clients.

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James Gatto


Partner and Team Leader of Blockchain and Fintech at Sheppard Mullin

Jim Gatto is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He is Co-Leader of the Blockchain & Fintech Team and Leader of the Open Source Team.

For over 35 years he has been a thought leader on legal issues with emerging technologies and business models, most recently blockchain, AI, open source and interactive entertainment. He provides strategic advice on all aspects of intellectual property strategy and enforcement, technology transactions, licenses and tech-related regulatory issues (e.g., securities, gambling, AML), especially ones driven by new business models and/or disruptive technologies.

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Irene Lee


Partner at Russ August & Kabat

Irene Lee is a partner at Russ August & Kabat, where she focuses her practice on all aspects of intellectual property, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and right of publicity. Irene helps clients navigate through the issues surrounding creating, acquiring, securing, protecting, defending, enforcing, licensing, and monetizing their rights in various forms of intellectual property worldwide and counsels them on risk management.

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Dean Wilson


CEO and founder of seven20 and manager of deadmau5

Dean Wilson is the CEO and Founder of SEVEN20, a technology and entertainment company originally founded in 2018 to overturn the traditional music management model in favor of a partnership-based approach that fully empowers its artists. In the time since, the company has adopted even bigger goals. Through the freedom of the blockchain, SEVEN20 seeks to push the entire music and entertainment industry forward with new IP and equity deals only possible with this technology.

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