Entertainment Law Initiative Scholarship Finalists Announced

February 02, 2012 -- 10:15 pm PST

The GRAMMY Foundation's 14th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation will take place Feb. 10 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The GRAMMY Week event will feature Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek as keynote speaker, and will honor John Branca, a partner in the law firm of Ziffren Brittenham LLP and former Board Chair of MusiCares, as the recipient of the 2012 Service Award, which honors an attorney who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing and supporting the music community through service.

Additionally, the finalists of the 2012 ELI Writing Competition will be honored at the event, with a cash scholarship of $5,000 presented to the author of the winning paper, and $1,500 awarded to four runners-up. Each ELI finalist will receive airfare, hotel accommodations, and a ticket to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, as well as invitations to other GRAMMY Week activities.

The finalists of the 2012 writing competition are:

Winner:
J. Hardy Ehlers, Harvard Law School
"Too Cool To Be Sued? Hype Machine's Legal Issues And What Content Owners' Tolerance Of Them Means For The Music Business And Copyright Law"

Runners-Up:
Sarah Abelson, University of Colorado, Boulder Law School
"An Emerging Secondary Market For Digital Music: The Legality Of ReDigi And The Extent Of The First Sale Doctrine"

Jonathan D. Evans, Southwestern Law School
"Solving The Sampling Riddle: How The Integrated Clearinghouse Would Benefit The Industry By Promoting Creativity And Creating New Markets While Maintaining Profits For Source Material Owners"

Ryanne E. Perio, Columbia Law School
"Policing The Android Market: Why The Expanding DMCA May Harbor Google From Liability For Illegal File-Sharing Apps Available On Android"

Trevor Roe, Southwestern Law School
"Defendant's Attorneys Fees: Copyright Infringement Cases Impose New Duties On Litigators To Evaluate Their Cases And Inform Their Clients Before Filing"