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May 29, 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

California Lawyers For The Arts presents Copyright & Publishing Agreements for Musicians with Dean Serwin, Esq.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 @Art Share L.A. - 7:30 PM to 9 PM


No one concept in the music industry is as satisfying, confusing, and potentially income generating as songwrit-ing and music publishing. As the music industry continues to undergo once-­in-­a-­lifetime changes, music publishing remains one of the most important means of making money over the long term.

This workshop will focus on the core elements of copyright law as it applies to sound recordings and musical compositions, the sources of income for both, and how to monetize them effectively. Speaker Dean Sheldon Serwin will discuss what copyright is and is not, how to protect your own copyrights, and how to go about using someone else’s copyright, including when you need to secure a license.

We will discuss not only the types of publishing agreements that exist, but the importance of timing relating to when to enter into one, and how to protect yourself when you do. Then we'll also go in-­depth into the meaning of the major provisions and clauses in publishing agreements. 

Additional topics include how to determine and confirm songwriter splits, the mysterious role of the performance rights organization, the impact of the 360 deal, how to collect money from other countries, how to approach licensing your music to TV & film, “alternative titles” and as other topics, as time permits.

Dean Sheldon Serwin, Esq is a graduate of UCLA Law School who began his practice of law in 1990, and works primarily in the entertainment industry. Prior to establishing his own firm in 1994, Dean worked for a firm representing several platinum artists, served as Vice President of Legal Affairs for a film and TV production and distribution company, and held positions at the Director's Guild of America, BMI, and Capitol Records. Dean's Hollywood-based solo law practice serves a wide range of clients in all areas of the music, film, video game, TV, Internet, and distribution businesses, including small and medium size publishing companies.  Dean also specializes in copyright and trademark prosecution and dispute resolution.

Location: Art Share LA, 801 E 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013
(for parking information, please visit our registration page)
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 -­ 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Admission: CLA Members: $10.00 (Online Price), $15 at the door
General Public: $20.00 (Online Price), $25.00 at the door
CLA Student or Senior Member: $5.00 (Online), $10.00 at door
Register: Online: http://calawyersforthearts.org/calendar
Phone: (310) 998-­5590

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commision, The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Community Foundation. Additional support provided by the the California Arts Council.

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