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Gain an in-depth understanding of a topic that is vital to the success of anyone in or entering the music industry, with MUSIC COPYRIGHT LAW. From songwriters and performers to managers, producers, and agents - everyone is affected by the issues covered in this book. Avoiding the technical jargon and "lawyerspeak" that bogs down other books on the subject, the book explores the world of copyright law and hones in on how it applies to music. It begins by building a foundational knowledge of the fundamentals of copyright law, what it protects, the benefits of registering a copyright, and what to do when copyright has been infringed. Once the fundamentals are established, coverage expands to include controversies involving copyright and music in the digital age and the debates over online music. Packed with practical examples that bring complex concepts to life, this book is a must-have for any professional in or entering music business.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435459724
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/5/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 298,466
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Moser is a professor in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University where he teaches courses in Intellectual Properties, Legal Issues in the Music Industry, Music Publishing, and Multimedia Law. Moser is also an attorney with more than ten years of experience in intellectual property and entertainment law. He represents clients such as record companies, music publishers, songwriters, recording artists, producers, managers, and Internet businesses. He also teaches an online copyright course at UCLA Extension School and is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research on intellectual property piracy in the Philippines. Moser is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at music industry and legal education seminars and operates a website at

Cheryl L. Slay is an Entertainment and Intellectual Property Attorney and Assistant Professor of Music Business at Belmont University. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Master of Public Administration from Atlanta University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, and completed the Harvard Law School Program of Continuing Education for Lawyers in International & Comparative Intellectual Property. In addition to serving as a professor, Ms. Slay is an attorney with over 10 years of experience in copyright and entertainment law, providing representation for musicians, independent record companies and filmmakers, and other entertainment industry professionals. Her professional affiliations include selection as a Maryland Bar Foundation Fellow and as an alumna of the 2010 class of Leadership Music. Ms. Slay's art and entertainment perspective is enhanced by her career as a performing artist. She is a skilled vocalist with over 20 years of performance experience, as well as studio experience that includes work on her own recording project. For additional information about Ms. Slay, visit her website at

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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. What is Copyright? 2. The History of Copyright. 3. What Can Be Protected by Copyright? 4. Ownership of Copyright. 5. The Reproduction Right. 6. The Derivative and Distribution Rights. 7. Public Performance and Display Rights. 8. Duration of Copyright. 9. Copyright Formalities. 10. Infringement of Copyright. 11. Defenses to Infringement. 12. Remedies for Copyright Infringement. 13. International Copyright Protection. 14. Copyright and Digital Technology. 15. The Online Music War. Glossary. Index.

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    Good job optimus

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    Cybertron: The First Cycles Of War: Part 1 of Book 1

    Cybertron. A peaceful planet, until someone created flying Cybertonians. Those flying Cybertronians, turned against their creators, calling themselves...Decepticons. Megatron, the Decepticon leader, has wreaked havoc upon the planet, seeking power over Cybertron. I, Storm Cloud of the yet to be named Autobots, lead the innocent Cybertronians in to defend Cybertron. All did not work out. We were making our way thru the streets of the ruins of Crystal City, weapons charged, field medics in the rear and warriors in the lead behind me. The sound of a blast sounded on our right flank, and ambush. I unsheathed my sword, the purple glow iluminating the ambushers. Devastator Cons. "Constructicons! Form Devastator!" One of the Decepticons called out before jumping into the formation. The Cybertronians readied their weapons, waiting for the signal from me or Optimus Prime, Alpha Trion or Sentinel Prime. I raised my sword, signaling the attack. The swarm of Cybertronians moved foreward and started attacking Devastators legs. I facepalmed, knowing we needed to retreat until Omega Supreme, a Guardian, got here. I looked at the Primes, the only two i know exist, and nodded for them to call the retreat. "CYBERTRONIANS!! FALL BACK AND RETREAT!!" Sentinel Prime called out. Ratchet, a field medic in training, ran up to me and the Primes "two many wounded! We wont escape in time!" The medic said, constantly glancing behind him at the other medics. I squinted "do ur best Ratchet, we need to save all we can...u know the medics motto" I say, sheahing my sword and looking at the retreating Cybertronians. Optimus Prime ran off to a nearby warehouse and went inside. I watched him go then ran back with Ratchet to the rest of the field medics to help. ******Meanwhile****** Devasator raged on outside as Optimus Prime stood just inside the door of the warehouse. It was too dark to see, even with eyes that are lights. He pressed a button on the side of his helmet and his eyes turned into bright flashlights. Optimus' eyes scanned the warehouse, until he found what would be called a truck trailer on earth, his trailer. He walked over but stumbled when the ground shook from Devastor probably punching the ground or taking a step foreward. The young Prime pressed a button on the side of the trailer, resulting in the trailer attaching to his back and transforming into jet wings. He let out a breath of relief to know his invention from his childhood was still functional. ********Back Outside****** I held a Cybertronians arm over my shoulder and one of my arms around the bots middle, helping him walk towards the CSS(Cybertron Space Ship). The bots name was Skytripp, and he had been shot out of the air and damaged badly. Skytripp was losing energon fast, and he was heavy despite me being stronger than ur usual Cybertronian. Ratchet helped another bot named Firstaid carry another wounded to the CSS. Suddenly, we heard a jet engine blast. I shook my head and chuckled "Optimus..." as the jet engine blast was from the Primes flight tech, that only me and a few other knew about. Skytripp looked at me, confused "ill explain later" I said as I layed Skytripp on a bed inside the CSS. Ratchet and Firstaid layed the other bot on a bed next to Skytripp. That other bot, was none other than Bumblebee. A blue female Cybertronian ran inside and instantly was beside the scout, Bumblebee. I recognized the female bot as Arcee, the scouts sister. ***Sierra/Storm Cloud***

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