This Course is an introduction to Music Copyright Law covers the basics of music copyright law, including how to establish and register a copyright for your music, and what is a copyright and how to get one. Attendees will also explore the exclusive rights you get when you have a copyright and what those basic rights mean under federal law.
We’ll explore how the music industry has changed over the years and how that affects the law. All the while, we listen to music and audio clips to elaborate on the law.
We will also focus on some of the most famous copyright cases and listen to the songs in question. Webinar attendees can listen on their own computer during the class.
We will also explore some current copyright cases in the news. You will learn the basic rules regarding proving a copyright infringement case, along with defenses such as fair use, and damages in a copyright action.
Lastly, we will delve into future issues of music streaming, sampling. The course will also explore user-generated content; performing rights organizations role in music; and, the future of copyright lawsuits and how songs are built could lead to future controversies.
Ethics Hours Outline:
The ethics portion of the Music Copyright CLE focuses in on the unique issues faced when representing an organization. The presenter has first-hand experience in this area as a former General Counsel to a company. The one-hour ethics portion focuses even more particularly on representing a band or artist and uses the final few years of The Beatles as a case study. Specific emphasis is placed on the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) 1.7 (conflict of interest current client); 1.13 (Organization as a client); 1.14 (Client with Diminished Capacity); and 2.1 (Role as Advocate). Further, we review the ethical issues in the “My Sweet Lord” copyright infringement case.
The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 6.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.0 hour(s) of professional responsibility.