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The Law of Rock and Roll

Series produced by Michael Olivas

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Michael Olivas -- the rock n roll law professor -- comments on legal issues involving entertainment, musicians and fans.

Michael Olivas -- the rock n roll law professor -- comments on legal issues involving entertainment, musicians and fans.


56 Pieces

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When living in a dorm the weekend starts on Thursday night with music turned up to 11.

  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 03:30
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Ltigation between Phil Spector and his former wife Ronnie Spector demonstrate the limits of old contracts.

  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 03:27
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Since the proliferation of digital media many people think downloading music online is free and legal, but think about the impact on artists.

  • Added: Nov 19, 2014
  • Length: 03:42
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As media technology has evolved, some artists have done better than others in securing rights and payments for work distributed on multiple platforms.

  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 04:06
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A case study of how an entertainment company took advantage of a rapper.

  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 03:18
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Many great singers and players work in the shadows because they are "work for hire."

  • Added: Nov 16, 2014
  • Length: 03:55
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What do the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys and Neil Young have in common? In 2013 they all released vast catalogs of old recordings previously...

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 04:47
  • Purchases: 1
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Death is the continuation of the established star system.

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 03:25
  • Purchases: 1
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Many rock bands live on for years on the oldies circuit as founders leave and replacements are hired.

  • Added: Nov 16, 2014
  • Length: 03:49
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It is said that nothing is certain but death and taxes. This saying applies with a vengeance in rock and roll.

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2014
  • Length: 04:02
  • Purchases: 1
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In the 1970s, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were not departed from the US because of "prosecutorial discretion."

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2014
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 1
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Michael Jackson keeps making money after his death.

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2014
  • Length: 04:26
  • Purchases: 1
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Police in the U.S. have begun using rap language as confessions rather than the bragging it likely is.

  • Added: Nov 16, 2014
  • Length: 04:35
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Elvis Presley is known as The King of Rock and Roll but in many respects he is the King of Litigation as well.

  • Added: Nov 15, 2014
  • Length: 04:46
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Elvis left an incredible legacy of music and performances, and he also blazed a long legal trail.

  • Added: Nov 15, 2014
  • Length: 03:35
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Imitations of songs and artists range from flattery to identity theft.

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2014
  • Length: 04:50
  • Purchases: 2
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One of the most popular campaign devices is the use of a popular song as part of a candidate's identity.

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2014
  • Length: 05:08
  • Purchases: 2
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Are you disabled and have difficulty finding acceptable seating at concerts, theater and clubs?

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2014
  • Length: 05:01
  • Purchases: 2
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In the digital universe, music business models are changing rapidly causing surprising winners and losers

  • Added: Nov 15, 2014
  • Length: 04:24
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Rock star husbands and wives sometimes have difficult public divorces from their spouses.

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2014
  • Length: 05:04
  • Purchases: 2