MUIN 360: Introduction to Music Law, Spring Semester 2008
There’s a lot to cover in this class, but the class is, and is intended to be, an “introduction”
to “music law”.
Accordingly, we’ll try to cover the basics in a comprehensible way, without
bogging down too much in details that are covered in other courses.
You should, however,
always feel free to explore in more depth areas that you find particularly interesting.
of the suggested reading materials will be helpful in these endeavors.
Attendance is mandatory, and class participation is very helpful, both for your grade, your
learning, and the experience of the entire class.
My office hours are from 4:00pm until
5:00pm, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in ASI 204, and by appointment.
commence on Tuesday, January 15.
There will be four examinations,
examination and the final examination.
The great majority of the examinations will be
multiple-choice examinations, but there may be an essay component in one or more of the
There is also a required course project, which in most cases will account for
approximately twenty percent (20%) to twenty-five percent (25%) of your grade in the
There is no specific allocation to the various exams in determining your course
grade; be aware, however, that the exams will all be cumulative, so that the later exams will
have a larger effect on your course grade, since they will evaluate your knowledge on more
of the material covered than do the earlier exams.
Your course grade will depend on how
well you demonstrate your understanding of the material.
The required texts are:
All You Need to Know About the Music Business
, 6th ed., Simon &
Shuster, NY, NY (2006) (“P”); and
Also, in response to requests over the years from some prior students, I will mention here
the book that I use for the Law School course I teach on Entertainment.
that you need to, or should, purchase or refer to this book (for one thing, it’s hideously
It’s not a book that’s appropriate for this course.
I am mentioning the book
here because it seems that every semester a few students ask about the possibility of Law
School or whether Law School might be for them or how this course relates to what might