The Law of Rock and Roll

Series produced by Michael Olivas

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Michael Olivas -- the rock n roll law professor -- comments on legal issues involving entertainment, musicians and fans.

Michael Olivas -- the rock n roll law professor -- comments on legal issues involving entertainment, musicians and fans.


68 Pieces

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As with many other intersections of entertainment law and the larger world with which it interacts, boycotts have become more common, more prevalen...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:59
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An interesting pattern has emerged with classic artists and old materials that have not yet been published, turning legal tools into a plastic surg...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:59
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Today’s Class considers breakups, where bands take on special projects or collaborations, and it does not work out, leading to bad relations and of...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:59
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Entertainment has had its share of cultural appropriation, especially when white artists took Black music and blanched it for white listeners. To b...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2018
  • Length: 04:59
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A computerized song search from licensors BMI and ASCAP—turns up more than 140 song titles with the words “law,” “court/courtroom,” "lawyer," or "a...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:59
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We have many platforms of social media, and most people think we are better off for these connections, but a growing number recognize the false int...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:59
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In the year 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice approved a merger between the two largest live music businesses—to be governed by a complex consen...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:59
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Entertainers entertain, and rely upon a bevy of lawyers and business professionals to negotiate their contracts, handle their financial affairs, ar...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 05:00
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The horrific mass shooting that killed almost 60 attendees and wounded another 850 concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in L...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 05:00
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If there has been a single social movement that has recently taken root and shaped its setting, it is surely the Hashtag ME, TOO phenomenon, callin...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:59
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The late, great Marvin Gaye’s children brought a copyright infringement suit against several artists involved in the popular Blurred Lines song, in...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 05:00
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Artists do not always have control over or reap the financial rewards of musical festivals, but the successful alternative models are scarce, and h...

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  • Added: Oct 08, 2018
  • Length: 05:00
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When living in a dorm the weekend starts on Thursday night with music turned up to 11.

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 03:30
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Ltigation between Phil Spector and his former wife Ronnie Spector demonstrate the limits of old contracts.

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 03:27
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Since the proliferation of digital media many people think downloading music online is free and legal, but think about the impact on artists.

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2014
  • Length: 03:42
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As media technology has evolved, some artists have done better than others in securing rights and payments for work distributed on multiple platforms.

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 04:06
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A case study of how an entertainment company took advantage of a rapper.

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 03:18
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Many great singers and players work in the shadows because they are "work for hire."

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2014
  • Length: 03:55
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What do the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys and Neil Young have in common? In 2013 they all released vast catalogs of old recordings previously...

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 04:47
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Death is the continuation of the established star system.

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 03:25
  • Purchases: 3