Don Franzen
Adjunct Professor of Music (Music and Law, Forensic Musicology) , Music Industry

Music and the Law

Don Franzen’s law practice focuses on the entertainment industry, including recordings, live entertainment (concerts and stage), film and television, celebrity rights, business formation, and copyright and trademark. In addition to his legal work he has acted as a producer on video and audio recording projects involving major performing artists. His legal career has also included exclusive experience in civil litigation, state and federal, on both trial and appellate levels. He is an adjunct professor in the Music Industry Program at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA, and also at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, where he lectures on music industry law and copyright issues. He has also lectured on entertainment law for the Santa Monica Academy of Entertainment and Technology, the Colburn School of Music, the Berklee School of Music (Valencia, Spain), the Eastman School of Music, and the California Institute of the Arts.  He was the Founding Director of the Los Angeles Opera, and has served on its board of directors since 1986. He organized the Operalia Foundation in 2000, and serves as an officer of this organization. He is a fellow at the USC Institute for the Humanities, a member of the Board of Heyday Books, a member of the Board of the Denyce Graves Foundation, and the legal affairs editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the co-editor of “Your Inside Track,” a newsletter on law, music and technology, and the author of articles and reviews on legal topics.  He holds a BA in Philosophy and a JD in law, both from the University of Southern California.  In addition to his native English, he also speaks Spanish, Italian, and conversational German.

Composer Tod Machover Speaks on Collaborative AI, Progress of Media Technology
Curious about how AI will impact music composition? Music Industry faculty Judith Finnell and Don Franzen arranged for MIT Media Lab faculty member and Musical America’s 2016 Composer of the
New Music Copyright Law brings changes to digital music royalties and copyright privileges
In a conversation with Pacific Standard, UCLA Music Industry Professor Don Franzen broke down what the legislation means for the music industry, and what industry-rattling strategies Spotify might be cooking up. Although the new music copyright
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