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Introduction to Music Law

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Produced on February 06, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

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.

This class will be taught by Marc D. Ostrow, Esq., an attorney in private practice focusing in the areas of copyright and entertainment law, with a particular emphasis in the music business and an Adjunct Professor of Music Law at Cardozo Law School.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a basic understanding of the music business and the role that labels, music publishers and licensing collectives play

  2. Examine how various copyright rights in songs and recordings are licensed

  3. Discuss various income streams for songwriters and recording artists, including the distinction between artist and writer royalties and how they are dealt with. 

  4. Identify the key deal points in songwriter and recording 

  5. Become familiar with how songs are licensed for film, TV, games, and other uses

Credit Information

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Marc D. Ostrow

Law Offices of Marc D. Ostrow

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.


Patrick J.

A very helpful overview

Robert L.


Mia V.

Thank you!

Lucas A.

This is one of the best CLE videos I have ever streamed. Your copyright offerings have been quite excellent.

gerard m.

Good program points out issues to be aware of great instructor

K M.

Excellent speaker, request he be engaged to present additional programs

Jonas P.

Thorough, organized presentation.

Nathaniel B.

Nicely done

Ken N.

Excellent CLE!

Henry G.

Excellent introductory course.

Robert J.

Complicated area but extremely well presented

Susan M. B.

Very informative seminar. Great speaker. interesting topic

Michael L.

Good presenter; concise, clear treatment of the basic concepts.

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