SELS Symposium: Melodies, Machines, and Music Copyright

April 06, 2022 • 12:30 PM • Law School 3037

Part of the SELS Symposium. What do Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, The Weeknd, and Ed Sheeran have in common? They have all been sued for copying melodies from other songs. Professor Jennifer Jenkins will unpack some of the legal complexities involved in such cases, and Damien Riehl will offer an innovative solution. Riehl is the co-founder of "All The Music," a project machine-generating 400 billion melodies with the goal of helping songwriters avoid unjust "you stole my melody" copyright-infringement suits. The project raises some fascinating issues, including the copyrightability of machine-generated works. Sponsored by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Intellectual Property Law Society. Co-sponsored by DBA. The event is free and open to all. Lunch will be available grab-and-go after the program. For those who can't attend in person, the event will be livestreamed starting at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Abigail Badway (