Episode 19: The Shifting Landscape of Music

In the past 30 years, the music industry has moved from vinyl records to cassettes to CDs, downloads, and streaming, all radical changes to the production, and consumption, of popular music. The recent passing of the Music Modernization Act will further alter the industry. This means an even more radical shift for musicians themselves, and their livelihoods. We’re joined today by David Herlihy, a lawyer who teaches copyright law and the music industry, and runs Northeastern University’s record label, Green Line.





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.

Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

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