Performance Rights Organizations

What are Performing Rights Organizations? from Christopher Sabec on Vimeo.

In this presentation, we give an overview of PRO’s (Performance Rights Organizations). Discussing the 3 major ones (ASCAP, BMI and SESAC), this is an introduction to the work that they do and the necessity of their existence.

Patents, Novelty, and Trolls: Crash Course Intellectual Property #4


This week, Stan teaches you about patents. It turns out, they’re patently complicated! So, patents have some similarity to copyright, in that they grant a limited monopoly to people who invent things. The key difference in patents and copyright is that patents are for THINGS.

Copyright, Exceptions, and Fair Use: Crash Course Intellectual Property #3


Stan Muller teaches you a few things about copyright enforcement, and talks about the exceptions to copyright enforcement. While there are several, the one you’ve probably heard of is Fair Use, and it’s a pretty tricky one. We’ll try to explain it, and teach you just why fair use is so loosey goosey.

Copyright Basics: Crash Course Intellectual Property 2


This week, Stan Muller teaches you the basics of copyright in the United States. Copyright law is territorial, so we’re going to cover the system we know the most about, and that’s the US. Stan will talk about what kind of ideas can be copyrighted, who can get a copyright, and what protections the copyright grants. We’ll also talk about the always contentious and seemingly ever-growing term of copyright. Stan will also teach you about the low bar for creativity, which means that original work doesn’t have to be all that original, and he’ll also touch on the problems with copyright in the modern world.

Introduction to Intellectual Property: Crash Course IP 1


This week, Stan Muller launches the Crash Course Intellectual Property mini-series. So, what is intellectual property, and why are we teaching it? Well, intellectual property is about ideas and their ownership, and it’s basically about the rights of creators to make money from their work. Intellectual property is so pervasive in today’s world, we thought you ought to know a little bit about it. We’re going to discuss the three major elements of IP: Copyright, Patents, and Trademarks.

Do I own my music if it isn’t registered with the Copyright Office?

Q&A video giving legal education and information about copyright law as it pertains to music.

Explaining Copyright Term and Fair Use

In this interview, Maggie Lange, an attorney and Professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music, explains how copyright term (that is, the duration for which a work remains under exclusive ownership) works, and sketches out some “fair use” exceptions to the five exclusive rights granted to copyright owners under law.

Copyright and the Right of Public Performance

In this interview, Maggie Lange, an attorney and Professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music, explains the “right of public performance” clause of US copyright code, how performance rights organizations collect copyright fees from venues and radio stations, and how payments from these organizations make their way to the copyright holder.

Understanding Copyright Law and Exclusive Rights

In this interview, Maggie Lange, an attorney and Professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music, explains the five “exclusive rights” that the law grants to a copyright holder, as well as some of the exceptions and additions that apply to music, such as the compulsory mechanical license and minimum statutory rate clauses.

Beyond the Blockchain: It’s All About The Beans

By Alan Graham

Since I wrote my last piece on deciphering the importance of blockchain without the hype, the hype machine has actually kicked it up several notches. I feel it has gotten so ridiculously far out of hand it is time to bring some additional context to the discussion and take it down a peg, because the overabundance of passion is lacking a fair amount of context. And I’m saying this as someone who uses the blockchain daily.

We need to temper our approach to blockchain because frankly, I’ve seen many pie in the sky ideas run up this flagpole lately with the flag being that of Fair Trade Music (this will solve everything!), but not a lot of discussion of what it actually means, how it will function, how to get buy in from every major/minor player and artist and songwriter etc. in the music industry, and then the most important factor of all, convince listeners. We all see the iceberg, and there is still time to turn the ship before it hits, yet I keep seeing people ready to jump in rowboats and proclaim, “we did all we can”.

Blockchain, for all of what it could do, will not solve the underlying issue that all kinds of creators are facing. That issue is societal. It is at the very heart of everything, and no amount of talk about blockchain, improved transparency, or fair trade is going to change what is ultimately broken.

It’s us…we’re broken.

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Beyond the Blockchain: It’s All About The Beans