Class Schedule and Readings

 

Tentative Schedule of Classes (* denotes required reading)

8/26  Course Introduction: brief overview of course; goals for semester/survey of interests

9/2  Music 101: 17 USC § 106*

9/9  What is a public performance? [Guest: Katy Merk, King & Spalding]

  • What is a performance? Download v. Streams (RealNetworks, 627 F.3d 64 (2d Cir. 2010)*, Cellco, 663 F. Supp. 2d 363 (S.D.N.Y. 2009))
  • What makes a performance public? (Cablevision, 536 F.3d 121 (2d Cir. 2008)*, Zediva, 824 F. Supp. 2d 1003 (C.D. Cal. 2011), Aereo, 134 S. Ct. 2498 (2014)*) [Note: part of class will be devoted to mock argument / discussion of Aereo]

9/16  PRO History / Antitrust [Guest: Ken Steinthal, King & Spalding] (Alden Rochelle, 80 F. Supp. 888 (S.D.N.Y. 1948)*, Meredith Corp. v. SESAC*, 1 F. Supp. 3d 180 (S.D.N.Y. 2014), RMLC v. SESAC*, 29 F. Supp. 3d 487 (E.D. Pa. 2014) [Note: part of class will be devoted to mock argument / discussion of antitrust regulation of PROs]

9/23  Music Industry Views Towards New Media

  • Napster and file sharing (excerpts from How Music Got Free*)
  • DPRSRA and Web I-IV (17 USC §§ 112, 114, Launchcast*)
  • Taylor Swift v. Spotify/Beats

9/30  PROs and New Media (Pandora v. ASCAP, 6 F. Supp. 3d 317 (S.D.N.Y. 2014)* and 2d Cir. decision*, BMI v. Pandora (S.D.N.Y. 2013 and 2014 decisions)*) [Note: part of class will be devoted to mock argument / discussion of the Pandora cases]

  • Withdrawals
  • DOJ consent decree review

10/7 Reproduction/Distribution

  • Sound Recordings (Bridgeport Music)
  • Musical Works (Newton v Diamond [Beastie Boys])
  • Cablevision on “fixed” and “volitional”
  • ReDigi* / London Sire* [Note: part of class will be devoted to mock argument / discussion of whether DPDs implicate the import / export provisions of the Copyright Act]
  • Section 115 Compulsory License
  • Synch

10/14  Pre-72 Cases and Termination Rights

  • Flo & Eddie* / Capitol Records
  • 17 USC §§ 203, 302* (Terminations)
  • Bob Marley v. Island*

10/21 DMCA Safe Harbors

  • 17 USC § 512*
  • Viacom v. Google*
  • MP3Tunes*

10/28  Fair Use

  • 17 USC § 107*
  • Parody: Acuff Rose*
  • Political ads
    1. Jackson Browe v. John McCain
    2. Don Henley v. Chuck DeVore
  • Sampling

11/4  First Sale

  • 17 USC § 109*
  • Kirtsaeng*
  • ReDigi [Note: part of class will be devoted to discussion / argument of whether the first sale doctrine should apply to digital files]

11/18  Statutory Damages and Due Process

  • 17 USC § 504*
  • Tennenbaum*
  • Thomas-Rassett*
  • Parker* [Note: part of class will be devoted to discussion / argument regarding whether due process limitations should apply to statutory damages awards, particularly in a class action setting]

12/1  Licensing

  • Blige* (split copyright)
  • License v. Sale
  • Recording Deals
    1. Allman Bros.
    2. Spotify – Sony Agreement
  • Publishing Deals/Songwriting Agreements
    1. Eminem

12/2  Miscellaneous Business Issues

  • Who owns the name?
    1. J. Geils band
    2. Black Flag
  • Rights of Publicity
    1. Jimi Hendrix
    2. Bob Marley
  • International Issues

Additional Reading Resources
 
M. William Krasilovsky & Sidney Shemel, This Business of Music, © 2007  
Donald S. Passman, All You Need to Know About the Music Business, © 2006  
Richard Schulenberg, Legal Aspects of the Music Industry, © 2005  
Randall D. Wixen, The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing, © 2005  
Al Kohn & Bob Kohn, Kohn on Music Licensing, 4th Ed. © 2009  
Jeffrey Brabec & Todd Brabec, Music Money and Success, 6th Ed. © 2008 
Steve Knopper, Appetite for Self-Destruction, © 2009 
Fred Goodman, Fortune’s Fool, © 2010
Tim Wu, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Enterprises © 2011

Suggested Online Resources:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/
http://thresq.hollywoodreporter.com/
http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/
http://www.thelicensingplate.com/
http://www.copyhype.com/
http://www.musictechpolicy.com/
http://www.eff.org/
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/
http://www.wired.com/underwire/
http://www.thedailyswarm.com/
http://www.rapbasement.com/
http://www.arjanwrites.com/
http://stereogum.com/
http://idolator.com/
http://www.livemusicblog.com/
http://www.musicthinktank.com/
http://pitchfork.com/news/
http://www.musicweek.com/
http://www.variety.com/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog
http://www.billboard.biz/
http://blog.internetcases.com/

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