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FREE NARIP Webinar: Co-writing Songs: Legal & Creative Issues -w- Dean Serwin, Esq.

April 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Tune in to NARIP’s Webinar

Co-Writing Songs: Legal & Creative Issues


With Music & Entertainment Attorney Dean Serwin, Esq.
on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:00 noon (PST)
Registered attendees will receive an email with a link to view the Webinar about 10 minutes before the start of the event
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What happens when two or more people co-write a song? Failure to communicate clearly or agree on splits can result in time-consuming, expensive and unnecessary disputes. Worse, an encumbered copyright cannot be exploited.

Organization and rights designation are vital to license and monetize copyrights. Some of the most common disputes include three versions of the same question about ownership: who, what and how much?

1. Who is the author(s) and therefore an owner?

2. What did you contribute? Did you make a copyrightable contribution or were you just in the room? Did you merely suggest a tweak to what was already there (arrangement vs. songwriting)?

3. Splits: Is everyone equal or did some make a lesser or greater contribution? The answer to #2 can influence this.

And importantly, who will control the copyright?

NARIP brings you music and entertainment attorney Dean Serwin, Esq. who will discuss the most common songwriter disputes, how to avoid them and provide strategies to protect, enhance and exploit your copyrights.


  • Manage your metadata: who collects, disseminates and updates rights holder info?
  • Who should file a copyright registration for a co-written song?
  • When to file a copyright registration as a joint or individual work
  • Registering with PRO: who should do it and when
  • Self-publishing with co-writers
  • How to assess split percentages
  • Producer participation as a songwriter
  • Licensing: who administers and negotiates fees
  • What to do when you get a quote request for a co-written song
  • Death of co-writer: now what?
  • Copyright transfer
  • Works for hire

Be prepared to take notes!

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER (scroll down for profile)

  • Dean Sheldon Serwin, Esq., Music & Entertainment Attorney
  • Tess Taylor, NARIP President & Moderator


Monday, April 24, 2017

12:00 noon – Program begins (Pacific Standard Time)
1:00p.m. – Audience Q & A
1:30 p.m. – Program ends


NARIP members who can’t attend can stream the audio on demand within two to three weeks of the program date.  Non-members are welcome and to click here to join NARIP now or purchase the audio (select Premium Ticket option below).


On the Internet, join our program from anywhere in the world! You will receive instructions on how to join the online discussion when your registration is complete (just scroll down to RSVP NOW).

All registered attendees will receive an email with a link to view Webinar
about 10 minutes before the start of the event.


  • FREE with RSVP for NARIP Members and Non-members (just scroll down)
  • $25 for MP3 Pre-Order – Audio From Webinar PLUS bonus Tip Sheet prepared by Dean Serwin, Esq. – just choose PREMIUM TICKET option below
  • NARIP reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone.


Because you are registering for this program, we offer you the opportunity to pre-order the MP3 recording of the program for only $20 (regularly $39.95). This will also include digital copies of documents distributed at the program. This program will cover a great deal of information, and so you won’t have to worry about taking notes! To pre-order now, select the Premium Ticket option below, the mastered recording will be emailed to you within 2-3 weeks after our program (if not sooner).


Submit YOUR questions to be addressed during our program, get feedback and recommendations specific to YOUR situation via Twitter and follow us now: @NARIP Feel free to submit questions in advance and/or during the session. Official hashtag for this event is #NARIPcowrite.


  • Music Rights Holders
  • Record & Music Publishing Executives
  • Songwriters, Producers, Musicians, Creators
  • Music Attorneys
  • Artist Managers and Artist Reps
  • Anyone who seeks to license and monetize music





Not a NARIP member yet? Then what are you waiting for? Join NOW for as low as $9.95 per month and attend this event for the member rate!


1. Online: NARIP.com (just scroll down)
2. Phone: 818-769-7007

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Call us at 818-769-7007 or email info AT narip DOT com.


Thanks to Ryan at Gratisography.com for great photo!



Dean Serwin, Esq., Music & Entertainment Attorney

A graduate of UCLA Law School who began his practice of law in 1990, Dean Serwin works primarily in the entertainment industry. His experience prior to establishing his private practice included working for a sole practitioner with several platinum artists, as head of legal for a film and TV production and distribution company, and positions at the Director’s Guild of America, BMI and Capitol Records. Dean has lectured extensively for groups ranging from Art Center film students to Harvard MBAs and from California Lawyers for the Arts conferences to The Learning Annex. Dean’s Hollywood, CA based solo law practice began in 1994 and serves clients in all areas of the music, film, video, TV, internet and distribution businesses including record labels; music publishers; recordings artists; songwriters; music, television and film producers; managers; television, film and internet production and distribution companies; business executives and consultants; authors, clothing companies, as well as others involved within the entertainment industry.

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Date Apr 24, 2017
Event FREE NARIP Webinar: Co-writing Songs: Legal & Creative Issues -w- Dean Serwin, Esq.
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