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April 1, 2013

Professor Eric Priest to speak on Asian pop market at National Music Conference

Amongst the list of panelists to speak at the upcoming ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo is one many within Oregon’s legal community will recognize. From April 18 through 20, Oregon Law Professor Eric Priest will be attending the nation’s leading conference for songwriters and composers as a panel participant amidst a sea of music label executives and celebrities. The panel, "West Meets East: Growing Opportunities in the Asian Pop Market," will address the growing market for music in Asian countries. 

ASCAP, which stands for “American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers,” hosts an annual conference in Los Angeles, Calif., for members of the music community, providing an environment for songwriters and composers to hone their craft, network with others in the industry and learn from experts. Notable speakers and guests at this year’s event will include artists Akon, Judy Collins, Lionel Richie, Ne-Yo and Steven Tyler.

Priest, who teaches courses in intellectual property law and the global entertainment industry, was an international pop and R&B producer and songwriter for almost 20 years, developing top ten hits for artists such as Clubland and Jan Werner, popular artists in Europe. In 1999, Priest became an A&R consultant in Beijing to Rock Records, which at the time was the largest pop-rock label in China. Most recently, he composed and produced the theme song for the Chinese television drama series "Emotional Barcelona."

With his intersectional knowledge of music, business and legal matters, Priest was a good fit for the panel. As a participant, he’ll respond to moderator- and audience- generated questions about opportunities in Asian markets, a hot topic in a time when the music industry has become increasingly globalized. The panel begins at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18.

Priest encourages any students considering practicing music or entertainment law to register for the event if they are able. He sees the event as an ideal opportunity to introduce other members of the music community to an area he’s been researching for several years and to learn from other panelists and experts studying or working in international copyright law.

As a representative of Oregon Law he also hopes the school gains further recognition for its contributions to the legal field.

“Speaking at these kinds of events shows that Oregon Law is an institution with global reach, where faculty members are working on exciting things that are important to the law and business worlds,” said Priest.

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