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Beginner Level

No prior knowledge of entertainment law, copyright law, or the music business is required to complete this course.

Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks, 3-5 hours a week...

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Explain the six exclusive rights of copyright law

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

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    Describe the various aspects involved in a copyright lawsuit

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    Differentiate between the composition copyright and the sound recording copyright

Skills you will gain

Create music legallyRead Legal DocumentsLeverage the copyright law to your advantageWrite a co-writing agreement

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

No prior knowledge of entertainment law, copyright law, or the music business is required to complete this course.

Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks, 3-5 hours a week...

English

Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Course are

  • Musicians
  • Lawyers
  • Writers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Sales Associates

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Copyright Law in the Music Industry!

1 video (Total 1 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
1 video
3 readings
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Get A Course Certificate!10m
1 practice exercise
What are Your Goals for this Course?8m
1 hour to complete

Copyright and Intellectual Property

6 videos (Total 29 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Overview of Copyright5m
What Copyright Does NOT Cover2m
The Difference Between Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks4m
The Six Exclusive Rights4m
The Six Exclusive Rights in Depth10m
1 reading
Case Study: Sarah and Taylor Swift15m
2 practice exercises
Copyright and Intellectual Property20m
Case Study: Sarah and Taylor Swift
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Copyright In Practice

7 videos (Total 44 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Co-writing2m
Co-writing in Practice8m
Fair Use6m
Fair Use in Practice10m
Independent Creation5m
Returning Works to the Public Domain8m
2 readings
Case Study: Kirsten Arian v. Carrie Underwood10m
E. Michael's Analysis: Kirsten Arian v. Carrie Underwood10m
2 practice exercises
Copyright In Practice20m
Case Study: Kirsten Arian v. Carrie Underwood1h
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Sound Recording and Sampling

6 videos (Total 27 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Composition Copyright and Sound Recording Copyright4m
Sampling4m
The Difference Between Sampling and Replay/Interpolation4m
Legal Arguments Around Sampling and Replay/Interpolation9m
Case Study: The Sugarhill Gang v. Busta Rhymes3m
1 reading
E. Michael's Analysis: The Sugarhill Gang v. Busta Rhymes30m
2 practice exercises
Sound Recording and Sampling20m
Case Study: The Sugarhill Gang v. Busta Rhymes1h
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Copyright Litigation

6 videos (Total 21 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Lawyers and Judges6m
The Mechanics of a Lawsuit4m
Resolving Copyright Issues2m
Case Study: Blurred Lines4m
Congratulations!1m
1 reading
Amicus Brief: Williams and Thicke v. Gaye20m
2 practice exercises
Copyright Litigation20m
Case Study: Williams and Thicke v. Gaye1h
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Top reviews from Copyright Law in the Music Business

By DCMay 11th 2019

I loved this course!\n\nVery informative on the Music Business.\n\nAlso learned a lot of good information about Copyright & Trademarks which I know will be helpful.

By RJun 19th 2019

this course has changed my life and opened hidden doors to me

Instructor

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E. Michael Harrington

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Berklee Online

About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online....

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