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Music Copyright Fundamentals

May 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Copyright law protects an artist’s original creative expression. But how does it work, and what does an artist need to know in order to claim it? In this workshop, attendees will get an introduction to copyright law fundamentals:

  • What exactly does copyright protect?
  • What rights does copyright give me as a creator?
  • How do I obtain a copyright?
  • What is copyright infringement?
  • How do I protect my work using copyright?

We will also give particular attention to unique challenges presented by musical works, including the various music licenses.

Content Expert: Lucas Blackadar, Esq. – Director of Legal Services, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston
Luke Blackadar manages the Arts & Business Council’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and Patent Pro Bono programs. An attorney and visual artist, Luke counsels start-up, small, and creative businesses on trademark, copyright, nonprofit, and for-profit business matters. Luke also trains law students in the practice of business law, through the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts legal internship, and as adjunct professor of law at Roger Williams University, where he teacher Contract Drafting & Transactional Lawyering. Prior to joining the Arts & Business Council, Luke was a professional liability defense attorney, representing lawyers, medical professionals, and design professionals in malpractice lawsuits.


This workshop is part of the Spring 2021 Creative Economy Workshop Series sponsored by the City of Boston’s Office of Economic Development.


May 13
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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