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MUSIC & DIGITAL MEDIA (Spring 2017)

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Clinical Professor Christopher T. Bavitz | Spring 2016 Seminar | Monday 5:00pm – 7:00pm | WCC Room 4059 | 2 Credits

This course explores legal issues relating to the creation, exploitation, and protection of music and other content. It focuses on traditional regimes and models and the ways new technologies have affected strategies involved in making and distributing content. The seminar balances doctrinal and policy concerns with day-to-day legal and business practices and skills relevant to practitioners.

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  1. 1 Show/Hide More INTRODUCTION: Copyright Basics and Incentives for Creation (Spring 2017)
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    Overview of expression, nature of creativity and authorship, and rights-ownership.

    What are the goals of our copyright system?

    How do those goals fit in with the interests of:

    - creators?

    - consumers?

    - those who build businesses on distribution of content?

    Basic copyright concepts relevant to musical compositions and sound recordings.

    What works are covered by copyright?

    What rights does the owner of a musical work possess? 

     
    1. 1.1 Show/Hide More Lawrence Lessig, Remix, Bloombsbury Academic (2008) (CC BY-NC 3.0), Ch. 1, "Introduction"
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    2. 1.2 Show/Hide More Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186 (2003) (Excerpts)
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      Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186 (2003) (Excerpts)
    3. 1.3 Show/Hide More 17 USC § 102
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    5. 1.5 Show/Hide More 17 USC § 107
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    6. 1.6 Show/Hide More 17 USC § 501 (Excerpts)
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      1. 1.7.3 Show/Hide More Kutiman, "Give It Up," Through You Too (YouTube, September 12, 2014) (video) (4:24)
        Kutiman, “Give It Up,” Through You Too (YouTube, September 12, 2014) (video)
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      1. 1.8.4 Show/Hide More Jonathan Coulton, "Baby Got Back," YouTube (Uploaded by YouTube User Enzemo, January 12, 2009) (video)
        Jonathan Coulton, “Baby Got Back,” YouTube (Uploaded by YouTube User Enzemo, January 12, 2009) (video)
  2. 2 Show/Hide More RIGHTS FRAMEWORK AND SCOPE OF PROTECTION (2 OF 2): Sound Recordings (Originality / Similarity / Infringement / Fair Use) (Spring 2017)
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    Scope of federal and state law protections for sound recordings.
    - Federal law protection for recordings first fixed after February 15, 1972.
    - State law protection for pre-72 recordings.
    History and origins of common law rights / preemption by the Copyright Act.
    Infringement and sampling of sound recordings.
    Fair use of sound recordings.

    1. 2.3 Show/Hide More 17 USC § 412
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    2. 2.4 Show/Hide More 17 USC § 504 (Excerpts)
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      1. 2.9.11 Show/Hide More Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc., et al., Case 2:13-cv-05693-PSG-RZ (C.D. Cal. Sept. 22, 2014), read Sec. I (Background) and Sec. III (Discussion)
        Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc., et al., Case 2:13-cv-05693-PSG-RZ (C.D. Cal. Sept. 22, 2014), read Sec. I (Background) and Sec. III (Discussion)
  3. 3 Show/Hide More RIGHTS FRAMEWORK AND SCOPE OF PROTECTION (1 OF 2): Musical Compositions (Originality / Similarity / Infringement / Fair Use) (Spring 2017)
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    Overview of originality / protectability / copyrightability:

    - What are the elements of a musical composition?

    - What makes a musical composition protectable under copyright law?

    Infringement of musical compositions — access, substantial similarity, etc.

    Under what circumstances does one infringe another’s rights in a musical composition?

    Role of expert witnesses in infringement cases. Sampling of musical compositions.

    Fair use of musical compositions.

     
    1. 3.3 Show/Hide More Federal Rule of Evidence 702
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    2. 3.4 Show/Hide More Federal Rule of Evidence 703
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    3. 3.5 Show/Hide More Federal Rule of Evidence 704
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    4. 3.6 Show/Hide More Federal Rule of Evidence 705
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  4. 4 Show/Hide More INDUSTRY STRUCTURE AND LEGAL / BUSINESS ARRANGEMENTS (1 OF 2): Music Publishers, Publishing Agreements, Licenses, and PROs (Spring 2017)
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    Contractual arrangements between songwriters and publishers.
    Licensing of musical compositions by publishers (mechanical and synchronization licenses).
    Public performance rights and musical compositions.
    Digital / new media issues faced by songwriters and the publishing industry.
    The role of the Harry Fox Agency in licensing of musical compositions.
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  5. 5 Show/Hide More INDUSTRY STRUCTURE AND LEGAL / BUSINESS ARRANGEMENTS (2 OF 2): Record Companies, Record Deals, and Master Use Licenses (Spring 2017)
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    Traditional record deals (between artists and record companies).
    Overview of contract terms.
    Consideration of various record contract issues, including:
    - minors and contracts;
    - California’s “Seven-Year Statute”;
    - termination of copyright transfers;
    - controlled composition clauses; and
    - sale vs. license and digital exploitation.
    “360 Deals.”

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  6. 7 Show/Hide More CHALLENGES TO THE PARADIGM: Law, Policy, and Business Transformations in the Digital Age (Spring 2017)
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    Alternative approaches to artists’ financing / releasing music.
    Artist and songwriter royalties and digital services.
    Artist revenue streams.
    Proposed changes to the legal regime.
    Alternative compensation systems.

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  7. 8 Show/Hide More ANTI-PIRACY AND RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT: Intermediaries, the DMCA Safe Harbor, Individual Infringers, and New Legislative Efforts (Spring 2017)
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    • The role of intermediaries and secondary liability for infringement
    • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor
    • Enforcement efforts against individual infringers vs. enforcement efforts against platforms
    • The role of statutory damages
    • New legislative efforts re: anti-piracy and rights enforcement, the SOPA / PIPA debate, addressing ex-US infringement
    • Striking a balance — promoting innovation and protecting creators’ and content owners’ rights
     

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  8. 9 Show/Hide More DIGITAL SALES AND DISTRIBUTION (1 of 2): Streaming Media, New Digital Services, and Emerging Digital Business Models (Spring 2017)
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    DIGITAL SALES AND DISTRIBUTION (1 of 2): Streaming Media, New Digital Services, and Emerging Digital Business Models (Spring 2017)
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  9. 10 Show/Hide More DIGITAL SALES AND DISTRIBUTION (2 OF 2): Revenues and Accounting Practices, Transparency in Royalty Accounting, Rightsowner Identification and Rights Registries (Spring 2017)
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    DIGITAL SALES AND DISTRIBUTION (2 OF 2): Revenues and Accounting Practices, Transparency in Royalty Accounting, Rightsowner Identification and Rights Registries (Spring 2016)
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