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Analyzing the Fair Use Defense in Music Law

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Produced on February 14, 2019

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Course Information

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

The affirmative defense of fair use of a copyrighted work is a complex and commonly misunderstood legal doctrine. This course, presented by Randy M. Friedberg, a partner with White and Williams LLP, will discuss this complex doctrine and the specific issues concerning fair use in music.

The lecture will walk through the underlying public policy which gave rise to the fair use doctrine and each step of a proper fair use analysis, debunk common misconceptions which surround fair use in music, and review important cases that have helped shape the fair use doctrine.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the fair use doctrine and its place in copyright law
  2. Review the fair use doctrine with respect to music
  3. Identify important cases concerning the fair use doctrine and music

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Randy Friedberg

White and Williams, LLP

Randy Friedberg has 30 years of experience in counseling clients, with particular focus on the protection, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights. His practice encompasses trademark and copyright law, unfair competition, trade secrets, advertising law, internet law and entertainment law, as well as general corporate and litigation matters.

Randy represents clients in a variety of industries, including consumer goods and services, computer software and hardware, pharmaceutical and biomedical products, media and entertainment. He also represents the energy and financial services sectors for corporate work and litigation before an array of state and federal courts, in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 

Randy’s experience has led to him to become a source for the news media. He has been quoted in a variety of different publications in the area of IP law. He is also asked to speak and present at business-related events. Randy has also served as a Judge for the Cardozo Entertainment Moot Court Competition.

Randy is the author of “Navigating Intellectual Property Disputes,” an authoritative, insider's perspective on assisting clients with managing IP assets and litigating disputes. He was on the editorial subcommittee of The Trademark Reporter, a publication of the International Trademark Association.  


  • Represented a famous clothing designer in trademark work, a series of licenses and a “bet the company” arbitration
  • General counsel to one of the largest pet toy companies in the country; engaged in trademark, copyright, and patent registration, licensing and litigation, as well as Proposition 65 litigation and general corporate matters
  • Represented a large private label manufacturer and distributor of cosmetics for trademark, copyright, Internet and general commercial matters
  • Represented numerous licensors and licensees in negotiating and drafting significant license agreements in a wide range of industries, including clothing, music, software and cosmetics 


Randy has been selected for inclusion in ”Super Lawyers” in the New York Metro Region in a survey of his peers by Law & Politics magazine for the years 2007 through 2018.


Chris W.

Great course!

Malcolm W.

liked your transformative definition of fair use

Aileen L.

Learned a lot - very interesting.

Dena R.

Great personality, packed content!!

Richard T.

Excellent use of examples

Margee F.

Great material. Great audio/visuals. Great flow of presentation. I hope you're considering becoming a law school professor!

David T.

Frank, surprising and fun presentation.

Shimon Y.

One of the most interesting and informative CLEs.

Morgan T.

Excellent. Most entertaining course on Lawline yet.

David N.

One of the best I've seen.

Stacey-Ann S.

Very interesting and informative

Michael M.

Excellent program. This is, by far, the best presentation I have seen. on Lawline.

Ian G.

Love how topical!

Edward M.

this presentation is top notch

R. Christopher R.

Randy's presentations are always fantastic.

Dan B.

Great use of video and audio clips.

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