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Music expert witnesses specialize in a variety of fields, including music copyright infringement, music licensing, music production, music theory, and music education. Some of the most common specialties among music expert witnesses also include sound engineering, songwriting, music publishing, concert promotion, and artist management. They have provided opinions on the effects of intellectual property rights, the fair use doctrine, royalty disputes, plagiarism allegations, and contract breaches in the music industry.

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American Popular Culture and Music past and present Expert Witness | MichiganView profile


American Popular Culture and Music past and present Expert Witness | Michigan

This performing artist and scholar of twentieth century American culture served among the first curators of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his BA in Sociology and Fine Arts from Montclair State University and completed a doctoral degree focused on American Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. He has served as a faculty member in the American Studies...


Digital Audio & Computer Music Expert Witness | FloridaView profile


Digital Audio & Computer Music Expert Witness | Florida

This expert is a world renowned figure in digital audio and computer music, with over 40 technical publications and four patents to his credit. The former chief technical officer at Lucasfilm Droid Works, he won both an Emmy Award for Technical Achievement and the Audio Engineering Society's lifetime achievement award. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, as well as...

Music Industry and Concert Promotion Expert Witness | TennesseeView profile


Music Industry and Concert Promotion Expert Witness | Tennessee

This expert has 40 years of experience in the music industry. He earned his BM from Illinois State University, his MM from Ithaca College and his PhD in higher education administration from Arizona State University. He is a member of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Ticketing Association. He...

Forensic Musicology Expert Witness | MassachusettsView profile


Forensic Musicology Expert Witness | Massachusetts

This highly qualified forensic musicologist has over 25 years of experience in his field. He earned his BA in music at Northumbria and his PhD in music at University of Surrey. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is highly published in his field, having over 30 books and 300 articles to his name. His primary area of research expertise is the psychology of songwriting and similarity...

Music Expert Witness FAQs

What is the role of a music expert witness in legal proceedings?

A music expert witness provides specialized knowledge and insights on music-related matters, such as copyright infringement, royalty disputes, or authenticity of musical works.

In what types of cases can a music expert witness be beneficial?

Music expert witnesses are often involved in intellectual property disputes, contract disagreements, defamation cases involving musicians, and even personal injury claims at concerts.

What subspecialties exist within the field of music expertise?

Subspecialties can include areas like musicology, ethnomusicology, sound engineering, music copyright law, and performance standards in various genres.

How can a music expert witness help in a copyright infringement case?

They can analyze similarities between songs, understand historical context, evaluate originality and potentially identify instances of unauthorized usage or plagiarism.

Why might I need an expert witness with a background in sound engineering for my case?

A sound engineer can provide crucial insights in cases involving audio quality disputes, equipment malfunction claims, or issues related to concert safety and noise levels.

How does Expert Institute select its Music expert witnesses?

Expert Institute offers a personalized approach to help you find the highest quality experts. We source actively-practicing professionals who match all your requirements for specialty areas, work experience, litigation history, fee range, certifications, location, and more.

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