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Intellectual Property and the Music Industry Workshop, University of Wolverhampton


Tuesday 22nd June 2pm

Are the rules governing intellectual property law in the music industries clear and easy to follow? What are the types of works that get protection, and how is their value commercialised? Who is entitled to copyright protection and what does the owner get? Where is the line between inspiration and imitation? Does it matter?

Copyright law governs our rights, freedoms and limitations in using other people’s work. It also offers a bundle of rights to the author and owner of the musical works created. In this interactive workshop, the speaker explores the maze of the current intellectual property regime and focuses on the basic categories of creative works (musical, literary and sound recordings) as protected under copyright law in the UK, and the attached rights for owners (copyright) and authors (moral rights). Audience will get the opportunity to ask specific questions, related to all matters of intellectual property law (including trade marks).

Dr Metka Potočnik is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Wolverhampton (UK). Her research interests focus on the critical investigation of intellectual property law through a feminist lens; and she has published in the area of intellectual property law, arbitration and foreign direct investment. Her most systemic publication is a research monograph Arbitrating Brands (EE 2019), in which she examines the emerging cross-section between international intellectual property law, foreign direct investment and international arbitration. Dr Potočnik is the Acting Editor in Chief at the Wolverhampton Law Journal and also sits on the Board of Directors of the F-List for Music CIC, which focuses on gender equality in the music industry. Dr Potočnik remains an examiner at University of London, and has previously taught at King’s College London, Queen Mary University London, University College London and University of Surrey.

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