Taylor’s Version: Copyright Law in the Swift Era



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Taylor’s Version: Copyright Law in the Swift Era
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January 31, 2024
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About the Program

Join us for a session that will cover the essentials of copyright law, enforcing copyright protections, and how copyrights are used as revenue streams using Taylor Swift’s career as a case study. This session is designed for anyone looking to understand the key elements of copyright in the arts and entertainment sectors and how to use them to their advantage. In this program, panelists will:

Explore the automatic nature of copyright upon creation, illustrated by Taylor Swift’s songwriting and recording process.
Explore how artists like Taylor Swift deal with infringement claims, including analyzing the defense strategies and legal precedents set by such cases.
Discuss the significance of owning copyrights, drawing parallels to Taylor Swift’s re-recording of her albums for more creative control and revenue.
Examine the complexities of copyright law in the era of streaming services using Taylor Swift’s advocacy for fair artist compensation as a case study.
Predict the evolution of copyright revenue streams in the music industry, taking inspiration from Taylor Swift’s innovative approaches to monetizing her music and brand.

Meet the Speakers
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Carrie Ward, Esq.


Attorney Earp Cohn P.C.

Carrie Ward has twenty years’ experience in business law with a particular focus on entertainment, communications and media law. Her clients range from media group owners, small broadcasters and podcasters, actors, filmmakers, musicians and start-up entrepreneurs. She works with her clients on the day-to-day operations of their business from protecting intellectual property, reviewing and drafting all types of contracts including vendor and employment agreements, and reviewing advertising content for regulatory compliance

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Brian Witkin, Esq.


Attorney Law Offices of Brian A. Witkin

Brian Witkin is an entertainment attorney who understands the law, the business, and the art of the entertainment industry because he is also an award winning musician and producer. Brian is the son of Joe Witkin, the original keyboard player of Sha Na Na who performed at the iconic Woodstock Festival of 1969. When Brian found his talent to be on the business side as well as a performer, he oriented to the representation of artists in a business he built, Pacific Records.

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