Author Archives: RAP

Ch-check it out! The Beastie Boys have found themselves embroiled in a copyright battle with…a toy company?

Beastie Boys, GoldieBlox get in a copyright fight          Goldieblox describes itself as “a toy company on a mission to inspire the next generation of female engineers.” But the company has inspired controversy with its latest ad, … Continue reading

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Follow RAP on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine!

You can now find RAP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RecordingArtistsProject Twitter: https://twitter.com/HarvardRAP And even Vine: “HLS RAP” Follow us for more info!

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Currently Seeking New Clients!

  Attention potential clients! As the new school year gets underway, RAP is seeking to provide pro bono legal counsel to new clients. If you need help with clearing samples, negotiating terms, protecting your work from creative theft, signing with … Continue reading

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RAP Featured in Hollywood Reporter

The Recording Artists Project was recently featured in a Hollywood Reporter article ranking Harvard Law as one of America’s top entertainment law schools. In attributing Harvard Law with its entertainment cred, the article highlighted RAP’s representation of Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, … Continue reading

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RAP Artists Celebrate a Grammy Win!

  Congratulations to current RAP client Shea Rose and former RAP Client Esperanza Spalding for their contributions to Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy Winning album “The Mosaic Project”!  The album took home the 2012 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. You … Continue reading

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Legal Realities for First Year Legal Practitioners: Know Your Client, Know the Industry

by Susan Wang (J.D. 2014), Emma Tennant (J.D. 2014) Our first semester at Harvard Law School was about more than briefing cases and reading Supreme Court opinions: through the Recording Artist’s Project we learned about clients. That lawyers work for … Continue reading

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Congratulations to RAP Client Shea Rose!!

We would like to extend some heartfelt congratulations to RAP client Shea Rose on a phenomenal past few months! In November, Shea Rose put on a show-stopping performance at the Boston Music Awards, where she took home the prize for R&B/Soul/Urban … Continue reading

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Copyright Basics: Copyright Notice and Registration

Q. What does that © symbol mean?  What about (P)? A. Copyright notices in music come in two forms.  The symbol © refers to a copyright in a musical work.  The symbol (P) refers to a copyright in a sound … Continue reading

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Copyright Basics: Exceptions To Copyright Protection

Q. What is a compulsory license? A.  The most noteworthy exception to the exclusive rights granted to copyright owners of musical works is the compulsory license.  A compulsory license means that the copyright owner must allow anyone who wants to … Continue reading

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Copyright Basics: Scope of Copyright

Q.  OK, now I have a copyright to my musical work. What can I do with it? A. The scope of copyright protection depends on whether a work is a musical work or sound recording. Copyrighted musical works give the … Continue reading

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