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.


80 Pieces

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Charles Manson’s life and death occasioned several interesting legal issues. Quentin Tarantino’s fascinating Manson movie also reveals the role of ...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 04:58
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Eminem is arguably among the best and most successful rappers in rock and roll, still on an incredible career trajectory that excites and provokes,...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
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What do Def Leppard, Prince, The Everly Brothers, and Taylor Smith have in common? Would it surprise you to know that these singers either re-recor...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 04:58
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It is said that the only sure things are death and taxes. Our Class today is what can happen even to the most litigious and successful entertainers...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 04:58
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As I was putting my notes together for this Class, about two of my favorite domains (music and the movies), Peter Fonda died, at the age of 79, hav...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
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The late economics professor Alan B. Krueger published his last book, just after his untimely death, "Rockonomics, A Backstage Tour of What the Mus...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
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One of the changing norms and business practices of rock and roll has been how artists go about releasing their music to their fans and to the worl...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
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Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is a classic song, instantly recognizable to the many fans who recall the band in their heyday. They were sued ...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
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If there were any single musical event from my youth that I wish I could travel to in a time-machine to attend, it would be Woodstock, the calamito...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 04:59
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When I was a young boy, first falling in love with rock and roll music, the only messages I wanted to hear were on commercial radio and television....

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 04:59
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While the laws concerning sexual assault accusations are not confined to the world of entertainment law, it sometimes seems so. Serious attention w...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 04:59
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The growth of documentaries about groups, individual rock and rollers, musical events, or the music business indicate a wide audience for these fil...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 05:00
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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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