For a number of years, in addition to my law practice, I have taught in the music business program of a local university. I find the work both challenging and fun. For a long time, I taught Copyright Law during the fall semester and Music Industry law during the spring semester. A couple of years ago, the school asked me to combine the two classes. I thought that this might be impossible. How do you condense a whole semester of copyright law into a few short hours? After a great deal of trial and error, I think I figured out how to distill the important aspects of copyright law for future music industry professionals into what amounts to about eight or nine hours.
Here’s what I came up with. If there are any copyright gurus reading this, let me know what you think I’m leaving out.
Week One - INTRODUCTION / DISCUSSION OF COPYRIGHT LAW
1. Introduction to Copyright Law
2. Copyright Definitions
Week Two - 1. Exclusive Rights in Copyright
2. Duration / Termination
3. Begin discussion of Copyright Infringement
Week Three 1. Copyright Infringement - continued
2. Fair Use