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.
Some seats are reserved for students enrolled in the Cyberlaw
Clinic. Students must be enrolled in the clinic before they can claim
one of these reserved seats. A student’s enrollment in a reserved
clinical seat is dependent on the student’s enrollment in the Cyberlaw
Clinic. Please see the clinic’s description for more information.