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Selected Call Number Ranges for Music Copyright/Law

KF3035-3045.95 Music Copyright
KF4290 Entertainment/Music Law


Selected Library of Congress Subject Headings


Books

The Musician's Guide to Licensing Music: How to Get Your Music into Film, TV, Advertising, Digital Media, and Beyond by Darren Wilsey and Daylle Deanna Schwartz
ML3795 .W55 M87 2010  Check Availability
Image:Musicians-guide-to-licensing.jpg From the publisher:
Today, music licensing is the fastest route to widespread exposure and a steady income... [Use this book for] getting music licensed for television shows, films, commercials, digital media, and less obvious markets like colleges and universities, theater companies, corporate training videos, and restaurants.
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The Musician's Business and Legal Guide by Mark E. Halloran and the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Committee for the Arts
ML3790 .M84 2008  Check Availability
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Definitive in scope and written specifically for musicians and songwriters by top professionals currently working in the industry, this book demystifies the music business and the indecipherable body of law which shapes it, and provides substantive information on actual practices--with clause-by-clause commentaries on all major contracts in the industry.
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Kohn on Music Licensing by Al and Bob Kohn
Reference KF3035 .K64 2010  Check Availability
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Just the list of topics gives you an idea of the breadth of the book: music licensing terminology; duration of copyright, assignments and licenses; granting and clearing music licenses; print licenses; mechanical licenses (including for permanent downloads, ringtones, and on-demand streaming ); electrical transcription licenses; synchronization licenses (including “step deals,” downloading and streaming of movies and TV shows); performance licenses; licensing of sound recordings; and more.
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Music Law in the Digital Age by Allen Bargfrede and Cecily Mak
Reserve ML3790 .B37 2009  Check Availability
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By looking at the law and its recent history, you will understand the new issues introduced by the digital age, as well as continuing issues of traditional copyright law. Allen Bargfrede, Esq. is a practicing entertainment and technology attorney and teaches music law at Berklee College of Music.


Moser on Music Copyright by David J. Moser
KF3035.Z9 M674 2006  Check Availability
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Moser on Music Copyright provides students, musicians, and those who aspire to the music industry with comprehensive coverage of copyright law as it applies to music. Using simple terminology, this revised edition offers a straightforward explanation of the most important provisions of U.S. copyright law and its application to musical works and the music industry.
Copy, Rip, Burn: The Politics of Copyleft and Open Source by David M. Berry
QA76.76.S46 B47 2008  Check Availability
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Open source technology, like Linux, has revolutionised the world of copyright and expanded the technological potentials of digital media. From downloading music and movies to accessing free software, digital media is forcing us to rethink the very idea of intellectual property.


The Musician's Legal Companion by Michael A. Aczon
EBSCO ElectronicBook  Check Availability
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The Musicians Legal Companion, Second Edition gets to the core of the legal issues you need to know about, in clear, straightforward language. Here you’ll find easy-to-comprehend explanations of the four main contracts used in the music business: recording artist, songwriter, artist management, and performance.
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The Musician's Legal Companion by Michael A. Aczon
KF4291 .A926 2008  Check Availability
Image:Musicians-legal-companion.jpg From the publisher:
The Musicians Legal Companion, Second Edition gets to the core of the legal issues you need to know about, in clear, straightforward language. Here you’ll find easy-to-comprehend explanations of the four main contracts used in the music business: recording artist, songwriter, artist management, and performance.
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Videos

Rip! A Remix Manifesto directed by Brett Gaylor
DVD 3654  Check Availability
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Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with Rip: A Remix Manifesto. Let web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age.
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Copyright Criminals directed by Benjamin Franzen
DVD 3968  Check Availability
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Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money. This documentary traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than thirty years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a "borrowed melody" became a "copyright infringement."