Rock-n-Roll Law: Intro To Music Copyright With Jim Jesse

Rock-n-Roll Law:  Intro To Music Copyright With Jim Jesse
The CMBA will be "rocking" on December 18, when Jim Jesse brings his popular Rock-n-Roll Law CLE to Cleveland.

Reviews from Jim Jesse's Rock-n-Roll Law CLEs:

“Jim Jesse does a wonderful job of bringing a complex subject matter to life in a setting that is both entertaining and substantive. The real life application through stories of music copyright issues was thorough and fun."

"Best seminar I have ever taken. Even if you do not practice in this field, you will love this presentation if you enjoy music."

"Practical and entertaining. This is a great course for musicians and lawyers alike. This is not your average, boring CLE! The presentation is full of interesting, real world case studies, music samples and useful information. Highly recommend!!"

Course Description: 

The basic course is meant to give attendees an overview of music copyright law concepts, but drilling down when necessary to discuss the sources of revenue songs can generate and other pertinent areas.

Introduction to Music Copyright Law covers the basics of music copyright law, including how to establish and register a copyright for your music, and what is a copyright and how to get one. Attendees will also explore the exclusive rights you get when you have a copyright and what those basic rights mean under federal law. We’ll explore how the music industry has changed over the years and how that affects the law. All the while, we listen to music and audio clips to elaborate on the law.

We will also focus on some of the most famous copyright cases and listen to the songs in question. Webinar attendees can listen on their own computer during the class. We will also explore some current copyright cases in the news. You will learn the basic rules regarding proving a copyright infringement case, along with defenses such as fair use, and damages in a copyright action.

Lastly, we will delve into future issues of music streaming, sampling. The course will also explore user-generated content; performing rights organizations role in music; and, the future of copyright lawsuits and how songs are built could lead to future controversies.

Featured artists for case studies: Bruce Springsteen and the Beatles


Jim Jesse
Jim Jesse has been an attorney for 25 years, and has been a full-time Music Law presenter since 2013. He is the former General Counsel for Cool Music Network (THE COOL TV), which is a 24-hour-a-day music video television network. Previously, he was in private practice. He has founded Rock N Roll Law, and his passion is spreading music law through his seminars. Thousands of attorneys have taken his courses, and he has conducted his music law course now in many states (see below). He is also a member of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).

He is also a singer/songwriter who has released two albums: Down on the South Side and Better Late Than Never. Mr. Jesse is a member of BMI and has run his own record label distributing his music. He has written songs for more than 30 years, and has more than 200 songs he has never released.  He has studied music history for years.

He is also the author of The Music Copyright Law Manual and the forthcoming The Musician’s Guide to Music Copyright Law.  

Mr. Jesse consults and practices in areas regarding intellectual property, licensing and music law.


8:00 a.m.  Registration
8:30 a.m.  Program (includes boxed lunch)
3:30 p.m.  Adjourn

CLE Hours:

6.00 hours CLE credit anticipated, with 1.00 hour Attorney Conduct


$200 - CMBA Members
$275 - Non-Members
$160 - Government, Non-Profit and New (<1 year) Lawyers
$130 - Affiliate Members/Non-Attorneys (no CLE)
12/18/2019 8:00 AM - 12/18/2019 3:30 PM
CMBA Conference Center
1375 East Ninth Street
Second Level - One Cleveland Center
Cleveland, OH 44114 United States


Wednesday, 18 December 2019

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
12/18/2019 9:00 AM

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