Copyright and the Music Industry – D02

Business Law Track
Intellectual Property Section and Sport and Entertainment Law Section

Session D: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Intellectual property issues relating to music licenses can be daunting. This program provides a primer on copyright and delves into some intellectual property considerations of music licensing.

You will learn:

  • An introduction to various facets of copyright law
  • An understanding of how copyright law affects and operates in the music industry
  • Intellectual property considerations when entering a music license

Melissa A. Tharp, Consulting Attorney, General Electric, Bridgeport











Nike V. Agman, Law Office of Nike V. Agman, Windsor, CT

Nike Agman is an intellectual property attorney with a solo practice in the Greater Hartford area. She counsels corporate clients and individuals on copyright, trademark and patent matters. Nike also teaches “Law for Knowledge Innovations and Practices” at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. From 2013 to 2016, she was honored by Connecticut Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property. Nike has served as Chair and Education Liaison of the CBA’s Intellectual Property Law Section and is currently a member of its Executive Committee.  

Prior to starting her own practice, Nike worked in the Hartford office of an intellectual property and antitrust boutique where, in addition to counseling clients on intellectual property matters, she worked extensively on pharmaceutical patent litigation arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Before attending law school, Nike was a faculty member in the Slavic Department at Yale University, where she headed the Polish language and literature program and taught classes in Slavic linguistics, Russian, and Serbian/Croatian.


Michael F. Freeman, Law Offices of Michael F. Freeman, LLC, Farmington

Attorney Freeman received his J.D. from Western New England University School of Law and his B.A. from Providence College. He is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He is Secretary for the Sports and Entertainment Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, legal advisor to the Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund, a member of American Bar Association, Americana Music Association, and Folk Alliance International. He has been a guest speaker at music industry conferences where he discusses legal issues facing professional musicians.




Pamela C. Jones, Outside Counsel, A&E Television Networks, Greater New York City Area

Attorney Jones has a deep understanding of all areas of the television business. Pamela specializes in music publishing, secondary copyright royalty collections and ancillary revenue streams. Currently she serves at outside counsel to several Entertainment Industry leaders.

Pamela is a graduate of Middlebury College and Quinnipiac University School of Law. She has served as an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at New York Law School. She is a founding member of the Entertainment Section of the NYS Bar Association where she co-chairs the Television and Radio Committee.

At Middlebury College, Ms. Jones was a member of the tennis team. Today, she enjoys playing golf competitively. Prior to law school, Ms. Jones worked for Time Inc. and produced the award-winning independent documentary film, “In Our Own Back Yards”, with Susanna Styron.




CLE Credit:
1.5 Hours (AOP)