Columbia College Chicago

Intellectual Property for Fun and Profit!

Protecting your personal creative properties is essential to the development of your career. Defining and knowing the proper steps to take can save you potential problems in the future. You might have heard the unfortunate stories of music artists “signing away” their publishing rights due to not reading the fine print or the tale of a business started between “friends” with handshake agreements. Then things go awry when one party decides it was actually “their idea,” leading to legal action and broken friendships. Whether you are a musician, songwriter, inventor of the next big thing, produce music, manage artists, develop content, and want to learn how to protect and establish ownership, this session is for you!

Our four panelists will break down key areas to give you a better idea of how to safeguard your creative output:

-Defining creative projects and steps to be taken to preserve your creative license (copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets)
-Music publishing and licensing. The difference between the two and the significance of each
-The importance of properly crediting your work as well as the work of collaborators
-Internship and employment information for music licensing and publishing, as well as other areas in the industry
-Determining when and how to reach out to a professional for guidance

Monday, April 12 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Virtual Event
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Workshop, Career Planning, Engage Columbia, Career


Students, Career Center


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Mariah Cowan

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Students and Alumni

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