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Mar 15 2023

Blurred Laws and Life with Richard Busch, Leading Music Attorney

Lani Hall

Music and copyright protection are at the forefront of the music industry in the streaming era. Hear the latest from leading music attorney Richard Busch as he discusses cutting-edge court cases, issues in the music copyright field, and his experiences in protecting musicians and their rights. Q&A and reception to follow.

With the Andy Warhol case now at the Supreme Court, creativity and expressive protection face a reckoning impacting artists for years to come.

  • Busch will discuss his own career rise and his milestone music cases in courtroom battles that were game-changers for the music industry. He will describe his legal strategies and industry impacts of the Bridgeport Music, Bad Boy / Diddy, Dimension Films, and Madonna litigations.
  • He will discuss his milestone Eminem permanent download case, soul legend Al Bell’s case with “Whoomp,” and other controversial legal battles.
  • Busch will share his views on the “Blurred Lines,” Led Zeppelin, Katy Perry, and Ed Sheeran “Let’s Get It On” cases – and his current Rick Astley sound-alike case.
  • Busch will discuss his tech industry-challenging Comedians/Pandora infringement cases.
  • He will share a rare look inside his recently filed lawsuits against Spotify on behalf of multiple music publishers and songwriters.
  • Busch will discuss the reasoning behind the lawsuits, the potential damages involved, and the practices in the industry that he is challenging.

Richard S. Busch is a Partner and Head of the Entertainment and Intellectual Property Sections of King & Ballow. His practice areas include Litigation (State and Federal), Entertainment Litigation, and Intellectual Property Litigation. Mr. Busch has litigated, and won many landmark music cases over the last 15 years, including FBT v. Aftermath Records, which established that Eminem’s recording agreement entitled him and his production company to 50 percent of the label’s net receipts for permanent download revenue (which spawned numerous class actions), and the  “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement case.

Mr. Busch most recently brought numerous actions against Spotify alleging that Spotify streams musical compositions on its platform without license or payment to publishers and songwriters, and challenging the constitutionality of the Music Modernization Act.

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We encourage you to arrive early. Guests who arrive later may be seated in the overflow room. All guests are welcome to attend the reception.

Seating for this event is limited. Get your free ticket today!


Registration for this event will give you priority in seating. Registration, however, does not guarantee a seat. We recommend arriving early. Up until fifteen minutes prior to the event, registrants will be given priority. Fifteen minutes prior to the event, the doors will be open for general seating until the auditorium has reached capacity. At that point, later guests may be seated in the overflow room. All guests are welcome to attend the reception.


Self-service parking is available at UCLA’s Parking Structure #2 for events in Schoenberg Music Building and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Costs range from $1 for 20 minutes to $20 all day. Learn more about campus parking.


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