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Entertainment Law 101: Protecting Your Music – and Your Rights




March 5, 2003 – Everyone’s heard the tales of groundbreaking musicians dying destitute because someone stole the credit – and the cash – for their work. These days, musicians are savvier – even the neophytes know they need copyright protection. What they often don’t know is how to get it, particularly in the uncertain and rapidly changing world of digital media. 


Pittsburgh Music Works representatives are often asked about this issue, and in response, we’ve arranged a special legal workshop with David A. Gurwin, Chair of Pittsburgh-based law firm Buchanan Ingersoll’s Entertainment and Media Law Group and Chair of Buchanan Ingersoll's Technology Transactions Group. “Entertainment Law 101: Protecting Your Music – and Your Rights” will be held Wednesday, March 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Downtown offices of Buchanan Ingersoll, One Oxford Center, 301 Grant St., 20th floor.


Gurwin practices extensively in the field of entertainment law, as well as Internet, computer and intellectual property law. In the entertainment arena, his client roster includes a broad variety of established and new musicians, record companies, recording artists, record producers, concert promoters, songwriters, music publishers, video game developers, authors, professional arts organizations and webcasters. He also knows what it’s like to be a working musician; Gurwin’s other professional pursuit is jazz piano.


He’ll be sharing valuable insights and answering questions about copyrights, royalties, recording contracts, publishing contracts, management and agency contracts and other music-business concerns facing songwriters and musicians today.  He'll also take your questions on these subjects.


Pittsburgh Music Works thanks the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Speaker’s Bureau for helping us to arrange this event. There are a very limited number of spaces available for this workshop and advance reservations must be made by Monday, March 17.  An optional donation of $10 per person will be requested at the door. Please e-mail or call 412-826-9527 x114 to reserve your spot.



Pittsburgh Music Works, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing education and mentoring to young people and adults interested in exploring songwriting, performing, production, management and other facets of the music world in an atmosphere that fosters self-esteem, encourages teamwork and facilitates further learning. Our goal is to inspire creativity in a non-judgmental environment, and to offer Pittsburgh's music community practical information its members can use to further their music-related pursuits.

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