Spring 2020 Course Schedule

Representing Talent (LAW-795TL-001)
J. Douglas Baldridge

Meets: 02:30 PM - 04:20 PM (M) - Warren - Room N101

Enrolled: 30 / Limit: 30 / Waitlist: 2

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The proposed course will include instruction on the representation of entertainment, non-athlete "talent" (e.g., musicians, actors etc.) in commercial disputes (as opposed to agency representation). It is divided into five major segments:

Unique Issues in "Talent" Representation,

Breach of Contract,

Music Copyright,


Rights of Publicity.

There will be limited coverage of First Amendment issues as they relate to the main topics. The course objectives are to provide students with knowledge of: (i) the unique structure of the entertainment business, with emphasis on the music industry, and how this structure impacts legal representation, (ii) the basic substantive rights of "talent", (iii) how to litigate disputes involving "talent", and (iv) the practical aspects of representation of talent in commercial disputes. Students will be required to apply the legal and industry concepts to actual cases.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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(i) “Text 1” - The Music Copyright Manual, The Definitive Guide to Music Copyright Law in the Digital Age, by Jim Jesse, Rock & Roll Law, Copyright 2016.

(ii) “Text 2” – All You Need To Know About The Music Business, by Donald S. Passman,

(iii) “Text 3” - Celebrity Rights: Rights of Publicity and Related Rights in the United States and Abroad, By Welkowitz & Ochua, Carolina Academic Press, Copyright 2019,

(iv) There also will be selected readings handed out in class and via the web portal.

First Class Readings

Text 1, Chapters 1 & 2. Handouts from the David Mueller v. Taylor Swift case.


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