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  • NAfME President Scott Sheehan, Moderator
  • Patrick Jennings, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Sam Iverson, Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Music educators have considerable flexibility in using legally acquired music in their classroom for educational purposes. However, the legal landscape becomes more complex when arranging music for ensembles, printing lyrics for programs, live streaming performances, and sharing content on social media. This webinar will provide an overview of copyright issues, covering the types of licenses needed for specific uses, music in the public domain, fair use, the implications of AI, and more. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Understanding Copyright in Education: Know what’s allowed and what’s not when using music in educational settings.
  • License Types: Learn about the licenses needed for specific uses.
  • Public Domain: Learn about using music without copyright restrictions.
  • Fair Use Simplified: Understand fair use and how it applies in education.
  • AI’s Influence on Copyright: Learn how artificial intelligence is impacting copyright laws.
  • Available Resources: Discover resources to help you secure licenses for your music classroom needs.

Sam E IversonSam Iverson is an attorney with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he specializes in intellectual property protection, trademark counseling, and copyright litigation. Based in San Francisco, he works with clients in a wide range of industries, including in the consumer products, fashion, food and beverage, software, entertainment, telecommunications, financial services, education, health care, energy, and social media sectors. He earned a B.A. from the University of California in Berkeley and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in New York.

Patrick JenningsPatrick J. Jennings is a partner in the firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and has extensive experience with all aspects of trademark law. He represents clients in a wide range of industries, from banking, beverages, chemicals and cosmetics to fashion, communications, transportation, nonprofit organizations, pharmaceuticals, and technology. His practice encompasses trademark counseling, clearance, prosecution, portfolio maintenance and management, due diligence, enforcement, domain name disputes, licensing, and oppositions and cancellations. He holds a B.A. from James Madison University in Virginia and a J.D. from Penn State University Law School in State College, Pennsylvania.

NAfME presents this live virtual event at no charge to all as a service to the music education profession. To register, you must enter your NAfME member information or create a nonmember account. After registering, check your email for instructions. A recording of this program will be available to all registrants for one week following the live event. Members can also view archived NAfME webinars in the NAfME Academy. The views expressed are those of the presenter; they do not necessarily reflect the views of NAfME.

April 2024 Teaching Music

Start Date

April 15, 2024

End Date

April 15, 2024

Start and End Time

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (ET)


  • Copyright

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  • Live Virtual
  • Webinar

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