This course provides an overview of the structure of the music business and the copyright and other legal framework for the music industry. Topics will include copyright ownership and transfers, work-for-hire and fair use, the role of music publishers, record labels, performing rights organizations such as ASCAP and BMI, and other licensing collectives, including the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) to be created under the recently enacted federal Music Modernization Act.
Gain a basic understanding of the music business and the role that labels, music publishers and licensing collectives play
Examine how various copyright rights in songs and recordings are licensed
Discuss various income streams for songwriters and recording artists, including the distinction between artist and writer royalties and how they are dealt with.
Identify the key deal points in songwriter and recording
Become familiar with how songs are licensed for film, TV, games, and other uses
Marc D. Ostrow is an attorney focusing in the areas of copyright and entertainment law, with a particular emphasis in the music business. He represents composers, songwriters, recording artists, labels, music publishers as well other creators and licensors of intellectual property. He is an Adjunct Professor at Cardozo Law School where he has taught music law since 2017. Previously, Marc was the General Manager of the New York office of the classical music publisher, Boosey & Hawkes, and was a Senior Attorney in BMI’s Legal Department. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago Law School. For more information about Marc, visit ostrowesq.com.