Intellectual Property Issues in Musical Theater

Event Description


Deadline to Register:  Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Former media executive and New York City copyright attorney Diana J. Basso, Esq. is visiting Minneapolis to share insights from her role as legal counsel for a newly authored musical theater production premiering in January, 2015.  Ms. Basso will discuss the process from soup to nuts, including copyright licensing challenges and business practicalities. Topics of discussion will include:

Music Copyright in the context of Musical Theater

Work for Hire & Drafting a Composer/Producer Agreement

Grand Rights

Small Rights

Setting New Lyrics to Familiar Songs

Fair Use Parody versus Just Plain Funny

Permission and License

Copyright and Costume Design, Set Design, Sound Engineering, & Lighting

Why attend?
Meet industry insider Diana J. Basso, Esq. and discuss your questions about intellectual property rights in the musical theater industry.

Who may attend?
Members of the MSBA, law students, the public.

Lunch will begin at Noon, followed by the CLE program from 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.  Special meal requests need to be received no later than Tuesday, January 20.

Chair: Kelly Dougherty, MSBA Arts & Entertainment Vice Chair, Associate Attorney at Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A.

Faculty: Diana J. Basso, Esq., entertainment, copyright, fashion and media attorney, and award-winning former media executive. More information about Diana J. Basso is available at

CLE Credits:
1 Standard CLE credit applied for | Event Code: 199141    

Remote Participation:
Remote participation is available.  Please indicate that you will attend remotely when registering.  Instructions will be sent via e-mail on Thursday, January 22.

Art & Entertainment Law Section:  Free
MSBA Member but not a member of the Art & Entertainment Law Section:  $10.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students:  Free

Join the Art & Entertainment Law Section:  $43.00  MSBA members who are not members of the Art & Entertainment Law Section can join the section & attend this event for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Sue Bores to register for this meeting at no charge.

Credit card payments should be made online:

To pay by check, use the registration form located here.

Need to cancel?  Please see our cancellation policy.

Questions?  Contact:

Sue Bores l l 612-278-6325

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Friday, January 23, 2015

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Presidents Room / Minnesota State Bar Association Minneapolis, MN United States