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About the Course

In this course taught by E. Michael Harrington, you will learn the basis for copyright including what is and is not covered by copyright law. This course will help clarify what rights artists have as creators as well as what the public is free to take from their work. You will also learn what to do if someone copies your work and what to do if you are accused of copying someone else. Finally, the course will discuss how technology has changed copyright for the better (and worse) and how copyright laws may change in the coming years....

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Oct 30, 2022

Copyright Law internationally is a very broad subject. How one profits and protects one's own creation is another thing that is something that makes a huge the difference in the music industry.


Apr 12, 2020

Thank you the opportunity. I want to thank the Coursera team and Michael for making it easier to get an in-depth understanding of the Copyright Law in Music Business. This will be very helpful.

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By Buddy H

May 21, 2019

The instructor was very difficult to listen to, seemed to have dry mouth in every video. I feel that he shared more conversation than instruction. In the case studies, we were asked for our opinions, but the multiple choice answers were catering to his opinions. This made it very hard to answer the questions correctly. You can't ask what I think or what I found, then ask me to answer questions based on my findings, but score me based on your own. I disagreed with the instructor on many issues but had to give contradictory answers to multiple choice answers just for them to be marked correct. There was also a lot of repetitive information given. I don't think there's a need for this course after taking John C Kellog's course "Music Business Foundations". I think Mr. Kellog covered everything in this course and was much more interesting and clear in his explanations. This course is more opinions than facts.

By Charles V P

Feb 2, 2019

The course provides a very elementary introduction to copyright law. No external reading is required. I would recommend reading "Music Copyright Law" by David Moser. This book provides a more in-depth approach to dealing with the actual copyright code.

By András D

Feb 28, 2021

I'm really grateful that there are such a great resource available online from Berklee.

I'm massively missing a lesson about Public Domain - how you can find out for sure if something is already in public domain and how you are supposed to submit your music to publishers and PROs when your music includes Public Domain contents.

A general feedback to all Berklee Music training courses: the networking opportunity through howdy learning is a great idea but without moderation or some kind of lead these meetings aren't as useful as they could be.

By Xiao L G

Jul 27, 2020

To all law/non-law students who have a massive interest in Intellectual Property and Music, you will not regret paying for this interesting and exciting course! The contents of this course were detailed and easily absorbed! Not only I got to know how Copyright Law works in the Music Industry, I got to know how the US legal system works as well! Overall, I feel superbly satisfied with this course :)

By Rishika

Nov 18, 2020

In my opinion, this course takes you through a journey of copyright law in the music industry. I got to learn a lot of new things and had an amazing experience during the lectures and in solving relevant questions to check my understanding of the topic. I would recommend this course to people who love music and who are interested in understanding the copyright law that governs music.

By Mohab Y H

Apr 10, 2020

Excellent course and has helped me learn about various aspects of copyright laws. The case studies were an absolutely great way of get in-depth information on how lawsuits are carried out. This course opened up ways for me to learn more on copyright laws in music and my next step would be to take the 12 week course available on Berklee College.

By Andrea S R

Feb 19, 2021

It was a very complete course to understand the principles of copyright and copyright law. I think it is a good start for musicians that want to know how copyright works and even for lawyers to get to know more about composition and sound and how it is important to keep the in mind when having a case involving copyright law infringement.

By Barbara D

Mar 7, 2021

An amazing course with an amazing professor. The Copyright Law in the Music Business allows us to know more about the laws behind our everyday practice, that are playing music and composing songs, and allow us to be aware of future issues that we don't want to face and if they happend, how to solve this problems.

By Gustavo S d S

Jul 15, 2020

The course is well-structured and professor Michael presents everything on a clear and sound manner. There are assignments with practical cases analysis and very detailed reports after you finish them. Recommended!

By Varun L

Apr 13, 2020

Thank you the opportunity. I want to thank the Coursera team and Michael for making it easier to get an in-depth understanding of the Copyright Law in Music Business. This will be very helpful.

By Herbert F W

Jul 9, 2021

This course I highly rated and I would suggest anyone in the music business or copyright scholar should take it. This was also the best presenter of a course I have ever seen.

By James N

Jun 22, 2020

Everything in this course was explained well. I feel like if you want to learn about copyright among other things, such as record contracts, then go for Music Business Basics with Jon Kellogg. This course, for me, offered a way to reconsolidate my learning for this course rather than an introduction to a load more ideas, bar there was a good amount of case studies and talk about the process of going to court. Overall a good course. P.S. I took this within the Music Business specialisation, which included Music Business Foundations as a course.

By Eileen

Jun 24, 2020

An accessible course for those who do not have much experience with law but have a general understanding of music and musical analysis (chord progressions, roman numeral analysis, basic tempo and form).

By Deleted A

Jul 2, 2019

If you dot know how to analyze music, (tempo, melody, ect) you will have a hard time with the case studies and quizes.

By Arnold S

Dec 22, 2022

Absolutely loved the structure and setup of the course Copyright Law in the Music Business. You will really find it a worth wild, fast, smooth, and instant learn in finding out how record companies, record labels, lawyers, judges, and the most important general topic overall in the natural field of Entertainment. Those who are wanting to learn more or who aren musically inclined (by the slightest) and have the interest in learning Entertainment law, Copyright, a small ounce of Music Theory, and Music Business. Then, this is a safe and sound course for you to enroll in! Definitely, go ahead and take advantage of going LIVE with your fellow classmates. Also, just because this course doesn't have "Discussion Boards" pinned, doesn't mean it's completely exiled. Please take proper notes in this online course. Believe and trust me, you'll find the course a lot more enjoyable and worth every single moment of time if you jot down every single thought and notate every single bit of information (pertaining to the essentiality and significance of the core of Music Business and Copyright Law).

By Joseph I

Jul 25, 2023

You never know what will catch your interest by surprise - and apparently music Copyright Law was that kind of surprise for me. The professor is clear in the lessons and expectations of the course and experienced in the field, which leads to very interesting video lectures and case studies that give students the right kind of curveballs.

Maybe it's because I was taking another course that I really wasn't looking forward to at the same time as this one, but I was actually a little sad to see this one end. It was a fun experience and within the first lesson I learned something that would've changed a whole lot for me if I had known when I started making music. Live and learn. Great course, great professor.

By Conrad R

May 16, 2023

I wholeheartedly recommend the Copyright Law in the Music Business course to anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of copyright law within the music industry. The course content, combined with the instructor's expertise and the supportive learning environment, creates a truly enriching educational experience. Whether you're an aspiring artist or a music industry professional, this course equips you with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the intricate world of copyright law with confidence. Enroll today, and you won't be disappointed!

By Francisco B

Jun 29, 2022

I really liked and enjoyed this course. I think Mr Harringtonis a great teacher. He has a lot of experience and has a very nice way of explaining the lessons. There are many many things i didn´t know and i am really glad that i now have this knowledge and can apply it in the future. I enjoyed the practical cases of study and going more in depth with song analysis to give an opinion in cases of copyright infringement. I thought it would be boring but not at all. The lessons are clear and concise.

By Eloisa P H

Jun 7, 2022

I am very happy with all the knowledge that I gained since I enrolled on Coursera. Mr. Michael Harrington, the professor, explained the COPYRIGHT LAW in the Music Business in the simplest words and I also picked up a lot of technical topics which helped gain more knowledge in this field. With basic knowledge about the music industry, this course helped me even more and I will keep on exploring other related topics. Everything is amazing! Bravo!

By Kayle M

Jan 1, 2024

Dr. E. Michael Harrington covered copyright law, co-writing agreements, sampling and interpolation (replay), fair use, copyright litigation, and many other critical topics. I particularly enjoyed the case study assignments ( Williams and Thicke v. Gaye, Underwood v. Arian, etc). I highly recommend this course to any music industry professional or student looking to build upon their understanding of copyright law in the music business.

By Evan B M

Apr 18, 2022

"E. Michael Harrington's presentation of Copyright Law in the Music Business is 'above the Bar' ...thorough, 'understandable' and 'upbeat.' It was a great experience learning from his videos; there were 'real world' examples of 'Copyright Cases' intertwined with 'Federal Law' and 'Court Structure' lessons, truly educational... a great combination!" - Evan McNeeley

By Prompiriya P

May 19, 2020

Interesting course with great insight from the professional. I like that the lectures are somewhat short and the quiz is extremely detailed. While the content itself in US Music Business is not really applicable to my country, I get the right foundation to start exploring on this matter. Thanks.

By Josephine K

Nov 26, 2020

E. Michael is a great lecturer, taking each topic one at a time and explaining each of them clearly and in a detailed manner. He is very easy to understand and makes learning enjoyable. Thank you for the opportunity to grow my knowledge on this matter.

By Maiha F

May 31, 2020

This was my first time to take the class of university in US.

Especially I was surprised about the content.

It was specific, practical and latest.

This was an amazing experience for me.

Thank you so much for Mr E. Michael Harrington, Berklee and Coursera.