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Webinar: Properly Prepping Your Musicology Expert in the Age of Dark Horse

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April 13, 2022 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Presented by the Entertainment and Sports Law Interest Group.

1 Participatory MCLE Credits

The last several years have seen a shift in trends related to the doctrines of copyright similarity and substantial similarity as applied to works of music. Blurred Lines, Dark Horse, Stairway to Heaven and more have led to circuit splits and complications in how to approach these doctrines from a litigation strategy standpoint. Join Judith Finell, expert musicologist, in exploring what you need to know about how to best prepare your expert for your biggest copyright infringement cases.

Speaker: Judith Finell
Moderator: Jonathan Lurie

Member Price – $55.00
Non-Member Price – $75.00

Judith Finell is a musicologist and the president of Judith Finell Music Services Inc., a music consulting firm in New  York and Los Angeles, founded 25 years ago in New York. Since then, she has served as consultant and expert witness involving music copyright infringement, advised on artist career and project development, and a wide variety of music industry topics. She was also interviewed by NBC/Universal for a 2018 documentary entitled “The Universality of Music,” in which she discussed the ways in which she sees music as being an international language that can bridge cultural barriers that spoken language does not. Judith Finell was the testifying expert for the Marvin Gaye family in the milestone “Blurred Lines” case in Federal Court. She has testified in many other notable copyright infringement trials over the past 20 years. She and her team of musicologists regularly advise HBO, Lionsgate, Grey Advertising, CBS, Warner, Disney, and Sony Pictures on musical works for their commercials, films, and television series. Ms. Finell also frequently advises attorneys, advertising agencies, entertainment and recording companies, publishing firms, and musicians, addressing copyright issues, including those arising from digital sampling, electronic technology and Internet musical usage.

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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