Summer 2019 Course Schedule

Music Licensing (LAW-795EF-001)
Eric Schwartz

Meets: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM (FSa) - Yuma - Room YT16

Enrolled: 19 / Limit: 22

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Make sure to complete the readings before the first class.


This two-day course provides an overview of music licensing and related copyright issues, including: (1) The parties comprising the “music” licensing eco-system: songwriters, music publishers, performers (featured and non-featured), engineers, producers, record labels, collecting rights societies (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Global Music Rights and SoundExchange), music streaming services (Spotify, Tidal, Apple, Pandora etc.), download services (iTunes), upload sites (YouTube), and consumers (UGC, fan sites etc.); (2) An examination of the exclusive rights of copyright – “works” versus “sound recordings” – plus the licensing structure of negotiated licenses versus “statutory licenses” (17 U.S.C. § 106 (works); for sound recordings §§ 106(6), 112, 114 and 115), and, an analysis of public performance issues; (3) Basics of licensing and payment schemes, including changes resulting from the 2018 Music Modernization Act; (4) Miscellaneous issues: collecting societies and consent decrees (and DoJ review), direct licensing, international issues, and case law.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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There are no books to purchase for this course. The reading materials consist of statutory and treaty reading (available online), and selected portions from two books about music licensing.

First Class Readings

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