CMU Training: Music Rights, Inside & Out

Event Info

Wed 9 Nov, 2011 from 11:00am - 6:00pm
London, E1 6PJ, UK (Map)
Cost: £114 inc VAT, (£99 inc VAT with code 'chinwag')


CMU is the biggest news provider to the UK music business. CMU also provides a number of acclaimed one-day training courses for people working in or with the music industry. Each course covers a different area of the business, providing in-depth and bang-up-to date information and insights, as well as a guide to best practice, and current and future trends.

"The best music business training event I have attended; relevant and up-to-date,
your knowedge and enthusiam for the industry is simply exceptional" 
from participant feedback

Music Rights Inside & Out provides an introductory guide to UK copyright law, with a particular focus on music rights. It looks at how music rights work - including compulsory and blanket licensing and collecting societies - and at how rights can be monestised. There is also an overview of the fight against online piracy.


This course is led by Chris Cooke, Publisher and Business Editor of CMU. Chris has written about the music business daily for ten years, and is a leading expert on the sector, often commenting on it for other media, most notably the BBC. He also has hands-on experience working on music and marketing projects involving artists, labels, brands and media. An experienced trainer, Chris brings insider insights, practical experience and legal training to his teaching.

UnLimited Media is a Corporate Affiliate of the Institute Of Continuing Professional Development. For those professionals with non-specific CPD commitments, CMU Training courses relevant to your profession can count for six hours of CPD time. Certificates to confirm attendance are available on request. Though please note UnLimited Media's training courses are not currently accredited by any specific professional bodies, eg the Solicitor's Regulation Authority.

• A beginners guide to the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988.
• Ownership of music rights.
• Copyright terms.
• Debate: Should the sound recording copyright term have been extended?
• Monetising rights by exploiting ‘restricted acts’.
• Compulsory licensing and collecting societies.
• Artist and user rights.
• Discussion: New ways to exploit music rights.
• The piracy story – from Amstrad to three-strikes.
• Options for combating file-sharing.


• The key elements of the CDPA of relevance to the music rights industry.
• How copyrights are monetised.
• The basics of compulsory licensing and the role of collecting societies.
• How the music rights industry is changing.
• Ideas for alternative ways to monetise music rights.
• Current issues facing the music rights industry, including copyright terms and piracy.


• Anyone who works in a licensing role at a label, publisher, collecting society or rights agency. 
• Any artist or manager who wants an understanding of music rights.
• Any media, marketing, gaming or digital executive looking to licence music. 
• Any entrepreneur setting up or running a label, publishing company or management agency.
• Accountants or financial advisors who specialise in the music business. 
• Any music business or entertainment law student.
• Anyone with an interest in copyright or the music rights industries.


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