Cannes, France – The International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) has announced that Jeff Liebenson, an expert in digital rights issues and lawyer at Herrick, Feinstein LLP in New York City, has been elected as its President.

Mr. Liebenson negotiated the first iTunes agreement with Apple on behalf of EMI Recorded Music, and represented Sony Music in the establishment of Pressplay (the current Napster service) and Gracenote in obtaining digital lyric licensing rights from the music publishing industry. He succeeds Eric Keyzer, who served as the President of the IAEL for the past four years.

The IAEL was founded in 1977 at Midem, the international trade fair of the music industry held in Cannes, France, and provides a specialist, international forum and knowledge exchange for entertainment lawyers throughout the world.

“The IAEL has been a leader on entertainment issues for over 35 years. The industry is facing unprecedented commercial opportunities and legal challenges posed by the digital revolution in every segment of the media world – music, TV, radio, newspapers, advertising and of course the Internet. The IAEL has the experience and strategic know-how needed to guide performers and entertainment companies as they confront those challenges. I am especially proud to be elected as the IAEL’s first US President as the organization expands its footprint and the scope of its activities,” says Mr. Liebenson.

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