Veteran entertainment attorney Jay Cooper received the Entertainment Law Initiative Service Award today (Feb. 6), in honor of his dedication to improving the music community.

Cooper, now an attorney at Greenber Traurig LLP, has represented everyone from Phil Spector ("pre-murder," he noted) to Lionel Richie. He is the former president of NARAS and the California Copyright Conference, and a member of the executive committee and general counsel for U.S.A for Africa and Hands Across America.

"This award is actually known as the survivor's award," he laughingly told the audience at the Century Plaza Hyatt in Los Angeles.

The keynote was given by Nokia executive VP of services Tero Ojanpera, who reminded the audience that it was a simple idea that caused the mobile phone market to expand so rapidly.

"Calling a person instead of a place? That changed the industry," he said. "I think we need to find out what is the simple thing that carries us to the next success in the entertainment industry."

Ojanpera reiterated that he expects Nokia's Comes With Music service to be available in the United States by the end of the year, and said that so far usage in the U.K. has shown that the one-price-at-the-outset access point causes users to routinely come back to access more music.

"This is not a marketing gimmick or a pr move," he said. "Music is not about downloading a song -- it has a much deeper meaning than that."

In addition, the luncheon served as the presentation ceremony for the ELI's scholarship recipients. David A. McGill of the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law won the essay competition for his work: "New Year, New Catch-22: Why the RIAA's Proposted Partnership With ISPs WIll Not Significantly Decrease The Prevalence of P2P File Sharing."

McGill argued that federal theft statues need to be better defined and enforced before a significant dent can be made in piracy.

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