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Program Date: February 13, 2019

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Following the career and discography of Bruce Springsteen, this program covers the essentials of music copyright law in the digital age, including all the rights you get with a copyright along with all the revenue streams songs can generate.

Listen to music, watch video clips and hear stories regarding music law all while learning valuable lessons along the way including establishing and registering copyrights, why and what you need for operating agreements, and joint authorship and works-made-for-hire.

In addition, this program includes an hour of ethics with discussion on the issues in representing an organization where the speaker provides first-hand experience. The ethics session focuses on representing a band or artist and uses the final few years, and demise, of The Beatles career as a case study.

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About the Featured Speaker: 

Jim Jesse has been an attorney for 25 years and has been a full-time Music Law presenter since 2013. He is the former General Counsel for Cool Music Network (THE COOL TV), which is a 24-hour-a-day music video television network. Previously, he was in private practice. He has founded Rock N Roll Law, and his passion is spreading music law through his seminars. Thousands of attorneys have taken his courses, and he has conducted his music law course now in many states. He is a member of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).

He is also a singer/songwriter who has released two albums: Down on the South Side and Better Late Than Never. Mr. Jesse is a member of BMI and has run his own record label distributing his music. He has written songs for more than 30 years and has more than 200 songs he has never released. He has studied music history for years.

He is also the author of the books: The Music Copyright Law Manual and the forthcoming The Musician’s Guide to Music Copyright Law.

Mr. Jesse consults and practices in areas regarding intellectual property, licensing and music law.

  • Introduction to Copyright Concepts and the Legal Framework of a Band
  • What is a Copyright and How to Obtain One
  • The SIX Exclusive Legal Rights You Get With Your Copyright
  • ONE: Reproduction
  • TWO: Distribution and Music Licensing
  • THREE: Public Performance
  • FOUR: Digital Transmission and Streaming
  • FIVE: Derivatives and Sampling
  • SIX: Public Display and Wrapping up the Rights and Revenue
  • Songwriting Credits/Lyrics/Joint Authors
  • Works Made for Hire/Termination Rights
  • How Songs are Built, Standards in Copyright Infringement Cases and Damages
  • Ethical Issues Regarding Organizational Representation and Issues Relating to The Beatles
Product Information
Date Presented:
February 13, 2019 8:55 AM Eastern
7 hours, 35 minutes
Rock 'n' Roll Law: Music Copyright Through Bruce Springsteen
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Speaker Information
Jim Jesse   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
NC State Bar
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Certified Paralegal Education (CPE) (Total): 6.00
General: 5.00
Ethics/Professional Responsibility: 1.00
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