Bruce Springsteen Reclaims the Future: The Boss takes control after a bitter ten-month struggle with manager Mike Appel (An exclusive report on the legal battle). – Rolling Stone, 8/11/77
According to the August 11, 1977 edition of Rolling Stone, “At 3 a.m. on May 28th, after ten months of legal battles and nearly two years after Born to Run had catapulted him to national celebrity, Bruce Springsteen and his former manager, Mike Appel, settled their differences and parted ways forever. The move finally enabled Springsteen to record a follow-up to Born to Run with Jon Landau, the producer of his choice. But despite pronouncements of satisfaction with the terms of the settlement, both sides paid dearly for the truce (Springsteen, especially, lost much valuable time). The case is a textbook example of a financially naive musician learning the meaning of money only upon success. And Springsteen’s success is the only thing that separates him, in this regard, from countless other aspiring musicians.”
Bringing Springsteen and The Beatles to CLE
Jim Jesse is a legal expert, music historian, and the founder of Rock N Roll Law - his programs on the intersection of music and CLE are wildly popular throughout the nation. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear directly from Jim at his only New Jersey “show”, as he entertains you while sharing compelling legal insights from the music industry that shaped generations of people from New Jersey and the world.
“We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school.” Jim will use the music of Bruce Springsteen to clarify some of the basics of negotiation, contracts, and more, including what the exclusive rights are afforded by a copyright, what those rights mean under federal law …and key strategies to help protect all of your IP, business, and/or entertainment clients. You will learn about some of the most famous copyright cases from the past, dive directly into some fascinating current cases, and listen to some songs embroiled in copyright disputes to see if you agree with the courts’ decisions (you may be surprised!). You will also learn the basic rules regarding proving a copyright infringement case, calculating damages, and defenses such as fair use.
As the former General Counsel for Cool Music Network and a singer/songwriter himself, Jim will explore how the music industry has changed over the years - and how those changes have affected the law. He will also look to the future by examining issues presented by technology and user-generated content of all kinds.
Ethics With The Beatles
The ethics portion of the program will focus on the final few years of The Beatles with a case study of some of the most interesting (and potentially little known) ethics questions that have arisen over the years. As an attendee, you’ll delve into the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) 1.7 (conflict of interest- current client); 1.13 (Organization as a client); 1.14 (Client with Diminished Capacity); and 2.1 (Role as Advocate) – and the surprising ways Abbey Road, Let it Be, and more are actually powerful reminders (in addition to classic albums) of various strategies we can use to avoid costly ethics infractions. You’ll also take an inside look into the gripping ethical issues attached to the “My Sweet Lord” copyright infringement case.