Law 303 - Music Industry Law

Susan C. Genco

Susan C. Genco

Co-President, The Azoff Company
Lecturer in Law
B.A. Wellesley
J.D. Harvard Law School
Course Description:

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the music business and is designed to provide a basic framework for students to begin to understand the complex legal, business and financial issues facing the industry. The focus of the lectures and materials will be an examination of the most significant contracts relating to the creation and exploitation of music. The major deal points from these contracts, and their financial impact, will be identified and explored. The current judicial and legislative landscape will be discussed as it relates to music creators and copyright owners.    

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, student will be able to provide:

- advice to clients on the basic structure and significant deal terms contained in the key contracts which their clients will encounter in the music industry;

- guidance to clients on the legal and financial implications of these key contracts; and

- provide insight and advice to clients on evolving legislation and case law and its impact on the music industry.  

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Susan Genco 20F 303 LEC 1 M 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2020 LEC 1
Krueger, Alan. Rockonomics: A Backstage Tour of What the Music Industry Can Teach Us about Economics and Life    
ISBN: 9781524763718. Currency. REQUIRED $28.00
Passman, Donald. All You Need to Know About the Music Business   10th ed.  
ISBN: 9781501122187. Simon & Schuster. REQUIRED $25.97
Levine, Robert. Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back     
ISBN: 9780307739773. Anchor Books. OPTIONAL $19.50
Entertainment Law;