Cassandra Wilson Music Copyright Law


This CLE will cover the basics of copyright law as it applies to music.  It will identify and address select copyright issues.  Students will learn about the nature, scope & duration of copyright protection, ownership & transfer of copyrights, and other topics.  Whether you are a newly admitted lawyer or an experienced practitioner with little copyright experience, this program is designed to give you a head start in understanding copyright law as it applies to music.


Your Host: Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack, who has expanded the playing field” by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work.

She began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early 80’s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective.

At the completion of her stint with M-Base, Cassandra sought a more acoustic context for her vocal expression. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled Blue Light Till Dawn which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenged the supremacy of the American Standard Songbook.

Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways jazz, vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, and a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis’ Blood on the Fields, the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

In 2015, Cassandra Wilson joined forces with the prestigious label Legacy, a subsidiary of Sony Music. Her latest project, Coming Forth by Day, was released on the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth – April 7, 2015.


Your Legal Expert: Gregory P. Eveline, J.D.

Immersed in the music business for almost a decade before entering the field of law, Greg Eveline knows first-hand things they don’t teach you in law school.  Now a nationally recognized expert in entertainment industry law, he was a record retailer, distributor and producer before becoming a successful manager and concert promoter with clients such as R.E.M., Billy Idol, Marianne Faithful and the Dead Kennedys, to name a few.

Greg knows the fiercely competitive music marketplace from the inside.  His work on gold albums includes Deadeye Dick’s New Age Girl and Lil Flipp’s The Way We Ball for Sony.  As co-founder of the well-known Metronome Records store, he successfully retailed a full range of artists; and as President of Plan B Promotions, Inc. (concert promotions) and New Orleans Management, Inc. (artist management and concert promotion), he created personal success for artists on a very detailed and hands-on level.  Add to that Greg’s music production experience, which includes Sound of Dharma by the Drikung Kayqu Monks, the tribute to Boozoo Chavis, Uni/Fuel 2000, and Tony Thomas Griffith of Cowboy Mouth.

Working extensively in film, Greg has licensed the music for a wide variety of major releases and independent films including Hurricane On The Bayou, Dumb & Dumber, Make Em Dance, Holes, Desperado, and Jackass and served as General Counsel for Lindy Boggs: Steel & Velvet.

As Adjunct Professor at Loyola University, in the prestigious Department of Music Industry Studies, Greg is current on issues relevant to rapidly emerging technologies in the entertainment field as well as on issues of doing business in the global marketplace.  As an authority on entertainment law, Greg lectures at Loyola Law School and the University of New Orleans Master’s in Arts Management Program on copyright and arts issues.

Greg is devoted to the civic life of the community and has spent years representing clients through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and in fundraising for Lawyers for Tibet.  He is the co-founder of the Lotus Lake Drikung Buddhist Center.

Greg received his B.A., Sociology, from Juniata College and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Law School.  Greg took first place in the ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition on Copyright Law.  In 2002 he was also named Best Music Attorney by Offbeat Magazine during their Best of the Beat Awards.

Course Curriculum

  • Video Lesson
    60 minutes

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This is a video course that you may start immediately.  You have 60 days to finish viewing.


How long do I have access to the course?

You can start and stop the videos as often as you like.  You  have 60 days to finish viewing. Once the course is submitted as “completed” your “certificate of completion” will be sent to you.

Does this course have any certificates?

Yes.  This course is accredited in Louisiana for one hour of credit.  Credit in other states  is available by way of reciprocity.

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