scalawag wrote:PeanutsNJam wrote:It really looks like OP just wants us to know he can play guitar and that his ability to do so somehow gives him an advantage over other music copyright attorneys who cannot play an instrument.
You got it.
Jazz musicians are working theorists, I think I would be able to comprehend more technical aspects of music that come up. If I get into a law school with a music copyright class I will analyze the John William's ET score, maybe write analysis if that would be an assignment.
In music history I had to analyze a terribly complex Beethoven score - dude who wrote it was as smart as Justice Scalia or Justice Sotomayor. Jazz Studies had me taking 9 classes a semester I was teaching myself to read music on my instrument and learning jazz and classical music at the same time. My teacher became assistant dean so I changed majors and kind of got the college experience, but I plan to take counterpoint next fall.
I emailed Mr. Crohn and he initially said it sounded like I wanted to be a forensic musicologist. I considered his advice, and there were some parallels between me and the guy he sent in an article who did it (at least that we both spent a lot of time transcribing things) but he had done way more than me and it would be extremely difficult for me to become a forensic musicologist. I respect the fuck out of them though.
I don't quite understand the role of an attorney, but my understanding of music theory, and reading of a Texas Professor's "Would You Want William Hung as Your Trier of Fact" plays a huge role in why I want to do this.
Now I'm not advocating we should go to court, but with stare decisis music theory would fit in quite nicely. That was a journal article I read - Would You Want William Hung as your Trier of Fact. I agreed with almost everything the dude said - except one thing - he said courts should legislate how many notes must be taken for a melody to be plagiarized. Every melody is completely different - so every melody would have a different number of notes - yes there is confusion, however that confusion could be settled by people who are knowledgeable about music. Opinions do vary, but not as much as you would think. I think setting an arbitrary number for the number of notes would not truly determine copyright infringement. The guy who wrote it was passionate about the subject and sought out a lot of information to write his article.
Reading that journal article made me think I would love to be a music copyright attorney. I was riveted. I make very strong legal arguments (Justice Sotomayor is my role model) - I realized I'll never be as smart as she was when I read some of her opinions but I wrote a paper this year and after reading how hard she worked I'm inspired by her life experiences and wherever I go and whatever I specialize in I will work very hard in law school.
Anyways Mr. Crohn said just go to the highest ranked law school you get into. So what I will do is apply to a bunch of schools, and then probably shoot him an email and say these are the top ranked schools, would I have a shot at doing this or is it a pipe dream. And if he says school x would be a good school that would give me a decent shot I'm going for it. He did mention there would be other work and they work at small IP firms. I would be down doing that, as long as I got to do some music copyright once in a while. I would absolutely love to hash out the issues with musicologists and negotiate, even go to court if it came down to that. I would fucking love it.
And yes peanuts, not to brag, but all other things being equal I would beat an attorney with no musical background - you can take that to the bank.
futureliTigator - thank you for the recommendations. I'm interested in Business Law as well. But my strengths right now lie in my ability to make strong legal arguments (and when I spend a lot of time on it) crafting a brief that is written like an attorney. I say that not to brag, but because it's my strength and it's what I enjoy doing. I love spotting the issues, getting on an exercise bike, and writing jibberish on a note that turns into an argument. I love reading things and making strong arguments and so my question is would those jobs provide me an opportunity to do that?
And if they don't what will?
Quoting the whole thing for posterity