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The Musician's Guide to Copyright

via Kadenze


This class is all about how bands (and any musical collaborators) work together.

Everything you need to know to survive the music industry. Copyright, Trademarks, Selling Beats, Sampling, and more!

In this class, we start with the most basic question: How do we define music? Once we have a definition, we start to look at how music is protected with copyright, ways that it isn't, and how to work with it for fun and profit. I'll walk you through every step of the issue and explain the logic behind every concept.

This series is pulled directly from the courses I've created for my university position in Music Business. All of these courses are designed for the everyday musician - amateur or professional - who has little or no knowledge on the topic, but wants to master it.


Here is a list of some of the questions we will answer:

· Defining Music

· Melody and Uniqueness

· Originality

· "Independent Creation"

· Tangibility

· Copyright at the Constitution

· Rights We Get

· Intellectual Property

· Copyright Term

· Public Domain

· History of Copyright

· Work For Hire

· Assignments

· Licensing

· First Sale Doctrine

· Film, TV, and Game Licensing

· Collaboration

· Fair Use

· Parody

· Trademarks

· Performing Group Names (Band Names)

· Titles (Song Titles)

· Right of Publicity

· Contractual Rights

· Exclusivity

· Right of Refusal

· Moral Rights

· Creative Commons

· CopyLeft

· And much, much more!

Taught by

Susmitha Rajan, Richard Sheehan and Jason Allen


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