University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2018

Course Description
Representation of recording artists who write their own musical compositions requires an understanding of both music publishing and recording industry standard practices and of the agreements that affect their rights and their income. This short course will start with examination of a songwriter’s copyright rights in a song, will address the primary types of music publishing agreements (the single song agreement, the administration agreement and the co-publishing agreement), explore songwriting concerns between members of group recording artists (some members of which usually are not songwriters), and analyze how income from songwriting by recording artists is determined. An overall review of the material terms of exclusive recording agreements, including the so-called “360 recording agreement, will follow, and the forms of distribution of sound recording (including by physical, download, and streaming platforms) and the manner in which income for the recording artist is derived will be examined. Industry customary forms of music publishing and recording contracts will be distributed as part of the course materials and the drafting and negotiation of key terms those contracts will be discussed.

Short Course Attendance Policy Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 04-09-2018 - 04-14-2018  

Dates Day Time Room
04-09-2018 - 04-12-2018   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F402
04-13-2018 - 04-13-2018   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F402
04-14-2018 - 04-14-2018   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F402

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: The method of evaluation will be an assignment comprised of a 3000 word memo a hypothetical client in which the student will be asked to analyze and discuss the material deal term concepts from one of the music industry contracts selected by the student from those discussed in the class. The memo will be due not later than 10 days from the conclusion of the class.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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