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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
English
Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • 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

Skills you will gain

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

Learner Career Outcomes

50%

started a new career after completing these courses

50%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
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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
English
Subtitles: English

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Berklee College of Music

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome to Copyright Law in the Music Industry!

1 hour to complete
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

1 hour to complete
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

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Copyright In Practice

2 hours to complete
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

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Sound Recording and Sampling

2 hours to complete
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

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Copyright Litigation

2 hours to complete
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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