Berklee

Copyright Law in the Music Business

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  • Explain the six exclusive rights of copyright law

  • Describe the concept of Fair Use and know when it applies and when it doesn't

  • Describe the various aspects involved in a copyright lawsuit

  • Differentiate between the composition copyright and the sound recording copyright

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There are 5 modules in this course

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What's included

1 video3 readings1 quiz

In this first lesson, we’ll start with the basics—what is copyright? What does it cover and who is it for? We’ll discuss the six exclusive rights granted to creators by the copyright law as well as the difference between copyright, trademarks, and patents. We’ll also discuss how to leverage the six exclusive rights as a creator to use the copyright law to your benefit.

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6 videos1 reading2 quizzes

In this lesson, we’ll take a look at copyright law in practice. We’ll begin by discussing the benefits and the potential legal pitfalls of a cowriting relationship. We’ll also discuss the concept of fair use and identify examples of fair use in copyright. We’ll take a look at the concept of independent creation and how that affects you as a creator. Finally, we’ll discuss the public domain and learn how works enter, leave, and return to the public domain.

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7 videos3 readings2 quizzes

Sampling is commonplace in popular music today and this lesson focuses on the legal side of this popular creative process. We’ll define the difference between a composition copyright and a sound recording copyright and how they function. We’ll take a closer look at sampling from a legal perspective and compare it to another popular practice called replay (also known as interpolation). Finally, we’ll discuss the current legal arguments around the practice of sampling and how they affect you as an artist.

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6 videos1 reading2 quizzes

In this final lesson, we’ll take a deeper look at copyright law and litigation—the roles of lawyers and judges, the mechanics of a copyright lawsuit, and the various ways that copyright issues can be resolved.

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6 videos2 readings2 quizzes

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Dr. E. Michael Harrington
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