Mr. Christopher Bavitz Spring 2013 Seminar Meets: T 5:00pm - 7:00pm 2 classroom credits
This course explores a variety of legal
issues relating to the creation, exploitation, and protection of music
and other content. The seminar focuses on traditional legal regimes and
business models and the ways in which new technologies (particularly the evolution of digital media and the Internet) have affected legal and
business strategies involved in the making and distribution of content.
The course's primary emphases are music and the ways in which legal
principles manifest themselves in practice in the music industry. The
seminar builds off a discussion of music rights to address issues
surrounding content rights in other contexts (e.g., news media), and it
reviews the ways in which traditional concepts and practices in this
area are challenged by and evolving in the digital world. The course
balances discussions of big-picture doctrinal, policy, and theoretical
considerations with a focus on day-to-day legal and business practices
and specific skills (transactional, client counseling, and litigation)
that are relevant to practitioners in this area. A prior course or other background in copyright law would be useful but is not required.