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This basic level seminar is designed for attorneys who are looking to expand their general knowledge of music law.

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Gain an inside look into the complicated and mostly hidden music industry. (see full course description)

 

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Music Law Seminar

Hit the Right Notes With Your Clients

Are you interested in how the music industry operates? Do you wish you had a more thorough understanding of copyright law and its application and enforcement in music publishing? And how does a song go from a writer's creation to a digital product on sale for $.99? Get answers to these questions and more at this fast-paced seminar that looks at the inside workings of the music industry. Register today!

  • Gain an inside look into the complicated and mostly hidden music industry.
  • Review how to draft concise artist/label contracts that define royalty provisions both parties agree upon.
  • Utilize alternative forms of media that are advantageous for a client's business.
  • Understand the pros and cons of 360 deals, the newest development in music production.
  • Know the specific contracts and agreements that must be signed to prevent litigation and copyright infringement claims.
  • Review the basics of copyright law and its application to the entertainment industry, which has some of the most complex uses and requirements.


  1. Legal Scope: Music Copyrights
    9:00 - 10:00, Gregory P. Eveline, Edgar D. Gankendorff, Ashley M. Keaton, Suzette Toledano and Justin A. Zitler
    1. Sound Recording (SR), Exclusive Federal Jurisdiction
    2. Musical Composition (PA), Exclusive Federal Jurisdiction
    3. Trademarks/Tradenames/Trade Dress
      1. Concurrent State/Federal Jurisdiction Under Lanham Act and State Law
      2. Stage Names (Sobriquets), Nightclubs, Theaters, Live Acts
      3. Visual Component (Logos)
  2. Recorded Music
    10:15 - 11:15, Gregory P. Eveline, Edgar D. Gankendorff, Ashley M. Keaton, Suzette Toledano and Justin A. Zitler
    1. The Artist/Label Contract Relationship
      1. Artist Royalties/Recoupment
      2. Cross-Collateralization Between Successive Album Releases
      3. Singer/Songwriters
        1. Master Use Licenses on MFN Basis With Synch Licenses
        2. Importance of Controlled Composition Clause
        3. Compulsory Mechanical Licenses (and Stat Rate Negotiations)
    2. The Artist/Recording Studio Relationship
      1. Mixer/Engineer Agreements
      2. Label Advances Against Studio Costs
      3. Advantages of Independent Production and Packaging
      4. Overlap With Visual Arts: Liner Notes, Cover Art, Trade Dress Law
  3. Music Publishing
    11:15 - 12:15, Gregory P. Eveline, Edgar D. Gankendorff, Ashley M. Keaton, Suzette Toledano and Justin A. Zitler
    1. The Songwriter/Music Publisher Contract Relationship
      1. Composer (Songwriter) Agreements With Music Publisher
        1. Self-Publishing
        2. Full Publishing
        3. Co-Pub and Admin Deals
        4. Worldwide Rights and Territorial Sub-Publishing
        5. Songwriter's Valuation of Publishing Rights to Publisher: NPS (3-5 year Average Net Publisher Share) Times Multiple
    2. Revenue Streams for the Pa Copyright
      1. Mechanical Royalties on Unit Record Sales
      2. Audio-Visual Synchronization (Synch) License
      3. Broadcast Royalties (ASCAP<BMI<SESAC)
      4. Folio or Songbooks
      5. Grand Performance Rights (Broadway, Feature Film)
    3. New and Alternative Media Usages (for Both Featured Artist and Songwriter/Publisher)
      1. Traditional Distribution of Cds
      2. Renewed Value of the Single and the Three-Track Sampler
      3. Promotional Videos
      4. Ringtones, IPod Model, Other New Media Usage Business Model
      5. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Broadcast Royalties for SP Copyrights in New Media
  4. Licenses: Provisions Needed for Solid Agreements
    1:15 - 2:00, Gregory P. Eveline, Edgar D. Gankendorff, Ashley M. Keaton, Suzette Toledano and Justin A. Zitler
  5. 360 Deals: Cost/Benefit of the "All-In-One" Package Deal
    2:00 - 2:40, Gregory P. Eveline, Edgar D. Gankendorff, Ashley M. Keaton, Suzette Toledano and Justin A. Zitler
    1. Name/Website/Logo
    2. Touring and Marketing
    3. Merchandising
  6. Representing Artists
    2:55 - 3:30, Gregory P. Eveline, Edgar D. Gankendorff, Ashley M. Keaton, Suzette Toledano and Justin A. Zitler
    1. Agent Contract
    2. Managers
    3. Lawyer
  7. Ethics of Film and Music
    3:30 - 4:30, Renee F. Smith
    1. Professional Negotiations
    2. Confidentiality Agreement
    3. Hot Topics in Litigation

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