Using music in films presented by Tony Morris.

Legal Lockdown Sessions: Using Music in Films


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At a glance

  • Welcome to Raindance Lockdown Sessions
  • Enjoy professional film education wherever you are
  • An hour of relevant and practical advice from an industry professional
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  • Part 5 of the Legal Lockdown Sessions Series: book all 5 HERE

🎬 Session 5: Using music in films

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Filmmakers have surprisingly varied attitudes towards music. At one extreme there are those for whom music is not just a key element of a finished film but part of the creative vision from day one. They may hire a composer or seek clearances, in principle, of key third party music during the early days of pre-production, or even in development. There are others who may not bring a composer on board until the start of post-production. There are some filmmakers whose knowledge of what needs to be cleared in order to include existing music is alarmingly deficient. In this session we will consider some simple principles by which filmmakers can navigate their way through the mire of these complexities.

Topics covered include:

  • Composition, Performance, Recording
  • Copyright – or not?
  • Licensing compositions
  • Licensing recordings
  • Terms of a licence: period, media, territory
  • Composer agreements

What you will learn

Understanding the importance of key legal rights for filmmakers and the contracts by which they are bolted together and how to approach the job of protecting their legal interests in their work.

Each segment is one hour long and presented on Zoom software. You will need WiFi to join the class.

About the course

Part 5 of the Legal Lockdown Sessions Series: book all 5 HERE

Each lecture will focus on one of the important areas where legal issues need to be clearly understood by filmmakers.

Who Should Attend?

Those planning and/or engaging in the development and production of films, programmes and other audio-visual works – producers, financiers, directors, writers, composers – in fact anyone interested in the practical realities of filmmaking.

About Tony Morris

Getting Your Film's Legals Right

Tony Morris has more than 40 years’ experience as a lawyer working across the media, entertainment and technology industries. His main focus is clients operating in the film, television and music industries – not only in the UK but also in the USA, Europe and elsewhere.

Tony has been lecturing regularly since 1997, most recently and currently as the provider of the legal module for the Raindance course for Independent Film Producers, as a guest lecturer at the National Film and Television School and at the University of Portsmouth.

Tony has published dozens of articles and commentaries on a wide range of media and entertainment legal topics in the industry and national press and has appeared as a commentator on both radio and television. He is the author of ‘The Filmmakers’ Legal Guide’ now in its second edition.

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