The Shifting Landscape of Music [Rebroadcast and Update]

Original Broadcast: 9/10/2018. One of the first podcasts of the second season of What’s New featured David Herlihy, an intellectual property lawyer and rock musician, about the major shifts in how music is listened to and paid for over the last several decades. During that podcast, which was recorded in September of 2018, David mentioned the possibility of a new law that would provide more royalties to the songwriters who create songs in the first place. Unlike almost all legislation over the past year, that law, the Music Modernization Act, finally got through Congress and was signed into law on October 11, 2018. We will explain the law’s impact on this rebroadcast and update.

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David Herlihy received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1979 and a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1982. David lectures on copyright law and the music industry, and he supervises Northeastern University’s record label. David maintains a law practice which concentrates in entertainment law, intellectual property, copyright, trademark, licensing, and new media. His clients include authors, publishers, record companies, recording artists, songwriters, composers, performers, producers, recording studios, visual artists, e-business innovation companies, software and service providers, webcasters, and entrepreneurs. David was the lead singer and principal songwriter for O POSITIVE (a Boston-based musical group with full length albums on Epic Records and several independent record labels) for which he won three Boston Music Awards for “Outstanding Male Vocalist” as well as twice topping the Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll as “Best Local Male Vocalist.” He is still active in the recording studio and occasionally performs live with the band Toyboat.

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