Season 2 Ep #3 Taking Back the Music

  • Season 2 Ep #3 Taking Back the Music

    This week on IP Goes Pop! fellow Volpe Koenig Shareholder Robert Leonard joins host Michael Snyder to talk about artists' rights, and attempts by musicians to regain rights to their original recordings.

    From Taylor Swift to Prince, IP Goes Pop! looks at what’s at stake when giving up rights to master recordings. In this episode, Michael and Rob explore how musicians try to “take back the music” and discuss how different artists navigated disputes over their intellectual property, and how the internet coupled with the likes of TikTok may be turning the industry on its flip-side.

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01:35 Introduction to Music Rights in the Music Industry
02:43 Copyrights and “Bundle of Rights”
05:49 “Master” Recordings
07:26 “What does it mean to own your own music?”
08:40 Taylor Swift
09:21 Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun Music “Feud”
10:40 Relation of Copyright and Contract Law
14:54 Social Media Influence
18:29 Prince
18:45 Prince’s Strategies to Dispute Ownership of His Music
20:58 Tom Petty
21:18 Disputes over His Music Contract and Record Prices
23:28 Music Contracts and Challenges
24:21 Lessons for Creators
26:31 “Say, say, say,” did you hear the one about Michael Jackson buying the Beatles’ catalog?

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