In a follow up to their previous course “Thicke v. Gaye: Musical Copyright Infringement," entertainment law attorney Steven Gordon and copyright law scholar Bob Clarida return to discuss the highly publicized Thicke v. Gaye case.
"Blurred Lines," performed and written by Robin Thicke and Pharrell, sparked a legal battle with Marvin Gaye’s estate about whether the song violated the copyright of Marvin Gaye's “Got To Give it Up.”
Recently, a Los Angeles federal jury found in favor of Gaye’s estate and ordered Thicke and Pharrell to pay approximately $7.4 million to Marvin Gaye’s family. Notably, the jury reached their decision without comparing the finished recordings of the two songs. Instead, the jury was only allowed to compare “Blurred Lines” to the sheet music composition of “Got to Give it Up.” Knowledgeable commentators have opined that based on the sheet music alone, the two songs were not “substantially similar,” and that the verdict sets a dangerous precedent. Thicke and Pharell are appealing the verdict.
In this course, Steven and Bob explore:
Lawline invites you to join us and these two fine attorneys as we explore these fascinating issues.
I. Answer, "what constitutes music copyright infringement?"
II. Comprehend what constitutes proper jury instructions in a copyright infringement case
III. Understand the measure of damages in a copyright infringement
IV. Grasp the bases of an appeal from a jury verdict in a copyright infringement case
V. Advise songwriter clients on avoiding lawsuits for copyright infringement if the current decision stands
Great class. Both u guy were great!
Very informative and entertaining. Well done!
Very informative and really hit on the nuances inherent in this area of the law.
Great discussion. Being an entertainment lawyer and in house counsel at major record companies, love the subject matter
Great program! Very interesting as well as entertaining.
I loved the interaction between the two attorneys. This was a fascinating topic, made better by the knowledge of the instructors and their respectful debate.
This was a good one!
Loved the back and forth at the end - an actual disagreement. Excellent!
Great program! Very unique and interesting!
Interesting, entertaining and inspiring!
Interesting topic -- I was always curious how the music industry protected its intellectual property.
I really enjoyed the discussons. They did a great job
Excellent back and forth
As a musician and a lawyer, I absolutely LOVED this presentation! Please persuade this team to collaborate more.
Very interesting discussion about copyright and music and the weaknesses of this type of case going to trial.
That was fun, informative, interesting, and entertaining. These guys know their stuff and they did a great job articulating the concepts.
One of the best CLE presentations I have ever listened to! Very interesting to everybody regardless of their field of practice. The presenters were great! I learned something and was also entertained!
Very thought provoking discussion, don't know how I would have ruled as a juror
No pun intended, very entertaining. I loved the fact that the presenters didn't agree on everything. It made for interesting dialogue.
Although my legal interests do not touch upon copyright law, this was one of the best courses I have taken.
Fun, interesting, well done! I liked the friendly way the two of you debated the issues.
Excellent program. Loved the demos and discussion by the 2 panelists. Would love to see more from them.
This has to be one of the best classes on LawLine. We need more like it. It makes you think and it is entertaining as well.
These guys were great!!
Highly entertaining and interesting
Excellent and very entertaining, lively speakers
This was really interesting!
This is probably the best CLE I've ever completed. I like the panel format and love that Clarida is a musicologist. Not only was the legal material interesting, but Clarida's musical expertise made the session enjoyable. The banter made it fun!
very entertaining. first time iv been excited to rate any cle
Great presentation. Thank you!
Excellent presentation. The fact the 2 presenters did not agree resulted in a very interesting discussion.
This was eXcellent! Informative and quite entertaining!!
This was a great presentation, as the differing opinions of the two speakers made for a great debate regarding the relevant legal issues. Well done.
Great program, very engaging yet super substantive. Interesting!
This course was absolutely great!
Best copyright seminar I've seen.
This was a very enjoyable and informative course.
Ultimate CLE compliment: Too short! Wish all debate could be so civil and constructive. Will follow for the appellate decision. Hate to be rooting for Thicke against Gaye, but the purported similarity isn't exactly "My Sweet Lord"/"He's So Fine" is it?
I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction of these two and their joint presentation
Great format! You should have more presentations that are a dialogue and debate between two or more experts like this. Really informative to hear all possible interpretations of the issue.
Amazing! These two were great!
These guys are great! Like Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.
Really interesting and insightful
This was excellent! CLE that is at the same time entertaining as educational is so much better than dry programs that are so much the norm.
Delightful give and take between the two instructors made this presentation must more interesting than the usual Jawline course. Very enjoyable!
Engaging and interesting autopsy of the Thicke v. Gaye decision. Appreciated the conversational style employed by talented and knowledgeable speakers. Valued the music excerpts that punctuated the discussion. Meticulous education in musicology delivered in understandable lay language.
"the written materials were substantive" doesn't quite cover it for this program. The presenters also provided audio content that was extremely helpful. So all of the material they provided, written or not, was substantive.
this one had a panel. great discussion and debate and less of a lecture.
This was one of the best lawline courses I've taken.
The presenters were excellent and played off of each other so well. An area of expertise in which I have none.
This was a highly informative course!
Very interesting and lively discussion.
I really enjoyed this program. I liked that the presenters had opposing viewpoints and also talked extensively about the real-world implications of this decision.
This is an excellent primer on copyright law. Robert Clarida is one of the best in the profession.
This was great. Current and relevant!!!
Excellent and totally informative. I enjoyed the dialogue between the two presenters and also the live music examples.
I enjoyed the debate at the end of this lecture. It made the topic more engaging.
This was a really interesting discussion of a topic that could have been quite dry.
Terrific presentation. Really enjoyed the legal and substantive music aspects of the presentation.
Loved the lively debate and points of view.
Very interesting and well done!
Excellent presentation. I thought it would be boring but Messrs. Clarida and Gordon had good chemistry. Enjoyed the dialogue between the two and the "talk show" format. When possible the lectures should be styled similar to this one . Keep up the good work gentlemen!
most entertaining CLE I have watched in quite some time!
Very interesting presentation with knowledgeable speakers.
Great when they debate
Liked the format.
Steve Gordon & Robert Clarita are Lawyers that both argue persuasively, well done,
Took the extra step for a musicologist view with the piano exsmple. Well done
These two should take their act on the road (as long as it's not infringing).
really interesting and well done, presenting different points of view
Great debates among the presenters.
This was an excellent, high level discussion of an important subject.
Fun and interesting. Enjoyed the "debating" between the speakers.
I thought the subject matter and the speakers were excellent. Truly one of the more interesting and enjoyable CLEs. I would hire those attorneys for sure.
entertaining and informative, outstandint
Very informative and entertaining
This is the best in this series of courses!
Excellent follow-up to the previous course.
I loved this course. Very entertaining and informative. Thank you.
I enjoyed the conversational structure of this CLE, as opposed to a person reading a script.
Fun course...very interesting!
The discussion of musicology and how it applied in this case was particularly interesting and helpful.
Wonderful seminar.! The analysis was top notch and I loved the gentle sparring between the attorneys.
Both speakers were top rate
Great format, using two experts who disagree. That contributed a LOT to the learning experience.
Enjoyed the lively discourse between the presenters - rare for these courses
fascinating subject matter, discussed in an informative manner; one of the best programs that I've heard
entertaining and informative back and forth between speakers
I found the topic extremely interesting. I enjoyed the exchanges and point of views of this decision set forth by both moderators.
Best breakdown of this breaking legal case, and the legal standards used in all aspects of this case. Excellent excellent analysis.
These guys make a great team, and should have a television show together!! Enjoyed it!!
Interesting deep dive on a single case.
enjoyed listening to the competing viewpoints of these two gentlemen.
Excellent presentation that benefited from the informal format and the exchange of ideas between the two participants.
Highly entertaining and informative. The best course I've taken so far.
Excellent dialogue format, great speakers
the Q&A interview structure of the recording was very effective, as well a s the discussion and banter on whether the decision would have a chilling effect on creativity.
Fascinating, but confusing. It's a harder topic than I would have guessed. I am sitting here going, "wow. More to entertainment law than I thought." I never want to practice in this area, but I appreciate the speakers. Nice job.
Very informative- I love these guys.
Really enjoyed the format. Solid back and forth on the issues.
Very interesting to hear the debriefing of the trial.
The dynamic of the two lecturers was very good and interesting. I like the combination of an expert and a really smart guy that knows less about the topic and asks questions.
Very interesting program!
demonstration of the music with accompanying sheet music was very helpful and effective.
Arguably, the best CLE I have ever attended. Everything was interesting, educational and, of course, entertaining. Placing pop culture at the fore of an IP CLE is a great way to get folks like me more engaged in IP issues. Thanks.
This was one of the best seminars I have ever taken for a CLE course. Sure, it helps that it's my practice area, but honestly anyone would find this seminar informative and entertaining. I love how they joked at the end that they were like The McLaughlin
This is the best course I have seen so far! Excellent in all respects.
Robert Clarida's expertise as a expert musicologist was highly evident, beneficial and appreciated. His use of audio demonstrations made the instruction extremely interesting and entertaining.
Excellent! Lively debate!
Very interesting & enjoyable.
Interesting, timely and informative.
Very fun class, did not realize how important the written score was to the case.
This was very instructive and entertaining.
Awesome and entertaining lecture.
Great discussion. Learned a lot.
Would like follow up course.
Great course with an especially-interesting, candid discussion of policy issues facing copyright law in an age of sampling and highly similar Top-40 hits.
Loved that they didn't agree all the time!