A Clear View of “Blurred Lines” presented by the CSUSA Midwest Chapter and the Michigan State Bar
Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports Section
Judith Finell & Thomas Leavens
May 20, 2016
12 pm – 2 pm
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
651 East Jefferson Avenue
Please join us for a review of the judicial ruling in the “Blurred Lines” case, as well as a discussion by music and copyright experts on the impact of that ruling on the creation and performance of music as well as on the strength and effect of copyright protection.
About the Speakers
Judith Finell is a musicologist and the president of Judith Finell MusicServices, Inc., a music consulting firm in New York. She was the testifying musicologist for the Marvin Gaye estate in the “Blurred Lines” case against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke in the 2015 trial in federal court in Los Angeles. Judith Finell’s firm regularly advises entertainment company clients on licensing and risk avoidance in copyright matters, including HBO, Sony Pictures, Disney, Grey Advertising, Lionsgate, LucasFilms, CBS, and others. She has testified often as an expert witness and has consulted in various litigations involving copyrights within the music industry for over 20 years.
Tom Leavens is a partner in Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, where he is involved in transactions, counseling, and litigation in all areas of performing, visual, and literary expression, new media, intellectual property, and technology. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law and at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He is the author of the book “Music Law for the General Practitioner,” published by the American Bar Association in 2013.