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Music and Copyright

Music and Copyright, by intellectual property expert Ronald Rosen (1932 - 2012), is an in-depth analysis of music infringement issues within the context of copyright litigation, combining music and copyright theories with practical approaches to understanding musical ideas and expression. The second edition of Music and Copyright will be published posthumously.

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Press Release

LOS ANGELES – (November 6, 2008) – Los Angeles law firm TroyGould, a nationally recognized firm for business, is pleased to announced that firm member Ronald S. Rosen has published  Music and Copyright, a 400-page book that is being hailed as the first comprehensive treatise for music industry insiders to turn to when navigating the often thorny process of music litigation.

"The important and highly topical area of copyright law, as applied to music, continues to be misunderstood by lawyers, business people and the federal judiciary," says Rosen, who is an accomplished musician and a life-long student of music. "I wrote this book to provide insight and understanding of music and copyright theories with practical approaches to understanding musical ideas and expression."

Music and Copyright, published by Oxford University Press, provides readers with a practical and strategic roadmap to the music-infringement litigation process, beginning with the client's claim or defense and continuing through the selection and use of experts, discovery, motion practice, and trial.

Rosen is particularly qualified to address virtually all issues involving the copyright protection of musical works and the difficult issues which arise in music infringement litigation. He assists clients in revising and rewriting musical scores to avoid infringing other works.

"I am not aware of any book that even remotely approaches the insight and analysis of Music and Copyright, and I don't know anyone more qualified to opine on this subject than Ronald Rosen," says Russell J. Frackman, partner at Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP. "This book is an invaluable resource for music copyright litigators, as well as transactional attorneys, advertising agencies, broadcast media, music publishers and record companies, songwriters, agents and managers, law schools and law students, and all others who use music in their businesses or professions."

Packed with examples from Rosen's own practice, the book navigates the often complex terrain between the legal and the musical, providing advice, case studies, forms and essential commentary. Oxford says this book will become a must-read for IP attorneys, especially those practicing in the music industry, judges, forensic musicologists and those interested in the interplay of music and US law.

"Music and Copyright is a first-rate work combining scholarship, a professional's knowledge of music, and an experienced litigator's shrewd and practical insights into litigating musical copyright infringement cases," says Paul Goldstein, Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford Law School.

Rosen is a preeminent lawyer specializing in entertainment, intellectual property (copyright and trademark) and commercial litigation. Throughout his career, Rosen has represented many leading figures, studios and companies in the entertainment industry in high-profile cases. He is a leading expert in copyright litigation and other disputes involving creative works, including musical compositions, motion pictures and television productions. He is included (under the categories of entertainment law and intellectual property law) in The Best Lawyers in America and is a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers.

Music and Copyright can be purchased through Oxford University Press or on

About TroyGould

TroyGould is a Los Angeles law firm founded in 1970. Beginning with an early specialization in corporate and securities law, the firm's practice now covers a broad range of business trans­actions, litigation, and legal counseling, with emphasis in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, entertainment, employment, tax, and competitive business practices.