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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...

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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

Course 3 of 4 in the

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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

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Copyright Law in the Music Industry!

Welcome! Here we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your experience....
1 video (Total 1 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
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

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. ...
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

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. ...
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 Underwoods
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Sound Recording and Sampling

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....
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 Rhymess
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Copyright Litigation

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....
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. Gayes
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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.

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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....

About the Music Business Specialization

This specialization will give you the knowledge, both theoretical and practical, to launch your career in the music business as an artist, manager, agent, and/or producer. You will begin with Music Business Foundations, which provides a broad overview of the music business, including a history of the industry as well as the various roles that exist and how they relate to one another. You will learn how record contracts are structured as well as a basic overview of copyright law. From there, you will complete Navigating the Music Business, designed for both musical artists and those who wish to work with artists. This course will help you identify the unique elements of artist identity and provide you with the practical business know-how you’ll need to build a fanbase and successfully run a crowdfunding campaign. Next, you will complete Copyright Law in the Music Business, which gets to the heart of compensation and revenue in the music business. You will have the opportunity to unpack high-profile copyright law cases involving world-renowned artists, gaining a better understanding of how to leverage the law to their benefit. Finally, you will complete Creativity and Entrepreneurship, in which you’ll learn what it takes to be an effective entrepreneur in the music business, learning skills that are essential for thriving in an ever-changing industry....
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