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Bar Association of Erie County-Rock 'n' Roll Law

Upcoming Webcasts

Rock 'n' Roll Law

Intro to Music Copyright (3 hours of Professional Practice)

Jun 16, 2020
1:00 pm- 4:15 pm ET
Are you ready to rock 'n' roll? Get CLE credit and have a great time as lawyer, author and musician Jim Jesse discusses the essentials of music copyright law using case studies from iconic bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. And then take a journey through the top 10 music copyright cases of all time and into the future with new developments and trends in the industry.

Throughout the program, listen to music, watch video clips and hear stories regarding music law -- all while learning valuable lessons about copyright establishment and registration, essential operating agreement provisions (and why they're important), rights granted to copyright owners, cover song legalities, the permission required for song use in other mediums, the facets of public performance, and revenue streams.
This one-of-a-kind half-day program will cover:

  • Introduction to Copyright Concepts and the Legal Framework of a Band
  • What Is a Copyright and the Two Copyrights in Every Song
  • Copyright Duration; How and Why to Establish and Register Your Copyright; Music Publishers, Producers and Managers
  • Reproduction, Distribution, Cover Songs and Music Licensing
  • Public Performance and Streaming
  • Wrapping Up the Exclusive Rights and Revenue Streams
  • New Developments and Trends in Music Copyright Law
  • The Top 10 Music Copyright Cases of All Time
This program is eligible for 3 hours of Professional Practice in NY.

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Recommended Requirements - Attendees

  • Windows 7 and higher / Mac OSX 10.8 or Linux/Ubuntu*
  • Newest version of Mozilla Firefox or Chrome Web Browser
  • Broadband internet connection with an Upload and Download speed of 1 Mbps or more
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash 


Internet Explorer, Edge and Safari may be used but may require you to call into the meeting to hear the audio and/or install Flash to see presentations.

Mobile Devices

  • iPhone iOS version 9.3 or higher
  • iPad iOS version 9.3 or higher
  • Android OS version 4.0 or higher

Audio Requirements:

USB headset, webcam or integrated microphone
Telephone audio: cell phones, VOIP phone or landline

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