SELS Symposium | Melodies, Machines, and Music Copyright

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 Duke Bar Association.