Copyright Law in the Music Business

Start Date: 07/05/2020

Course Type: Common Course

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In this course taught by E. Michael Harrington, students 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. Students will also learn what to do if someone copies their work and what to do if they 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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Course Introduction

Copyright Law in the Music Business Understanding copyright and when you can copy/protect your work is essential if you want to make sure that others can't copy and use it without your permission. This course will help you understand copyright and when you can copy/protect your work. In order to understand copyright and when you can copy/protect your work, we first need to define what copyright is and when you can copy it. Then we'll learn how copyright works and when you can copy it. We'll also look at different types of copyright, including free-standing (non-commercial) patents, licenses, and implied and explicit copyrights. We'll then take a brief look at how copyright differs from patent law, and how to read and copy copyright laws. We'll conclude by looking at different types of licenses, including implied and explicit licenses. We'll then take a look at how to read and copy copyright laws, and how to deal with copyright disputes. Copyright disputes are another part of the creative process that you'll learn about in this course. We'll cover topics such as fair use, infringement, and contributory infringement. Finally, you'll be introduced to different types of mediation, including email and face-to-face meetings. Copyright is, of course, the law of the land. If you want to make sure that other people can use what you created, you've got to deal with the law. This course will help you understand copyright and when you can copy

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Create music legally Read Legal Documents Leverage the copyright law to your advantage Write a co-writing agreement

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