Stan Soocher

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Stan Soocher is an award-winning journalist and entertainment attorney, as well as the long-time Editor-in-Chief of the monthly publication Entertainment Law & Finance.


Stan is the author of Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit. His earlier book They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court is  available in an updated and expanded edition as an e-book in the Amazon Kindle Store.

In addition, Stan is

Professor Emeritus of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado

Denver.


In August 2024, Stan will be a panelist for the "Creative Content vs. AI Litigation Roundup" at the 32nd Annual Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar in New Orleans.


In March 2024, Stan presented "The Emerging Landscape in Court Cases Involving the Intersection of AI and Creative Content" at the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association Summit in Atlanta. 


In December 2023, Stan gave his "Copyright Law Year in Review" presentation for the 27th consecutive year to the Copyright Society of the South in Nashville. The 2023 presentation was CLE-accredited.


In November 2023, Stan gave the “Case Law Update” for his 22nd consecutive year to the Annual Entertainment Law Institute, presented by the University of Texas School of Law, and the Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He also served as moderator for “Tales from the Trenches: Recurring Litigation Practice Minefields in Entertainment Law Cases,” featuring Los Angeles litigator Neville L. Johnson.


In October 2023, Stan spoke on post-termination compensation in artist/personal manager agreements, on a panel at the National Conference of Personal Managers Interchange 2023 in Las Vegas.


Stan recently donated--to the University of Florida Smathers Libraries--his collection from his work on conferences and the publication about John D. MacDonald, the late best-selling author of numerous short stories and books, including the Travis McGee series as well as the book on which the Cape Fear movies were based.  Author MacDonald's extensive archive is also located at the University of Florida. Among other things, Stan's collection includes details on how Jimmy Buffett's mother "Peets" became a 1996 conference attendee to accept the John D. MacDonald Environmental Award on her son's behalf. At the event, Stan and Florida attorney John Bradley had the stage honor of performing Jimmy's song "Incommunicado," which begins with a lyrical reference to Travis McGee, for Jimmy's mother.


In August 2023, Stan was a panelist for "Sorting Out Rights in Band Names" at the 31st Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar in New Orleans.


In May 2023, Stan presented his annual Entertainment Law Year in Review to the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section.


In April 2023, Stan gave a guest lecture on "Defamation Law & Dominion Voting Systems vs. Fox News Network" to an Introduction to Media and Culture class at the University of Denver. 


In March 2023, Stan presented "Ripple Effect: The Taylor Swift Tour Ticket Debacle" at the SXSW Conference in Austin.


In December 2022, Stan gave his "Copyright Law Year in Review" presentation for the 26th consecutive year to the Copyright Society of the South in Nashville.


Also in December 2022, Stan presented “Recent Court Decisions On Pitfalls and Liabilities In Practicing Entertainment Law” to the Nashville Bar AssociationThis was his 29th consecutive year presenting to the Nashville Bar Association.


In November 2022, Stan presented the "Annual Roundup of Notable Entertainment Industry Court Rulings" for his 21st consecutive year to the State Bar of Texas Annual Entertainment Law Institute. He also served as co-panelist for the presentation "Navigating Hot-Button Clauses in Entertainment Industry Contracts." 


In July 2022, Stan served as a panelist for "Litigation: Latest Entertainment Cases"

at the Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar in New Orleans.


In May 2022, Stan presented his annual Entertainment Law Year in Review to the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section.


In February 2022, Stan participated as a panelist for the webinar "The Talent Agencies Act: Today & Tomorrow--A Forum on the Existing State of the Law and Some Potential Game-Changing Ideas," Sponsored by Southwestern Law School's Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute.


In December 2021, Stan presented "Significant New Court Rulings in Entertainment and Media" to the Nashville Bar AssociationThis was his 28th consecutive year presenting to the Nashville Bar Association.


Also in December 2021, Stan gave his "Copyright Year in Review" presentation for the 25th consecutive year to the Copyright Society of the South in Nashville, this time via webinar.


In November 2021, Stan presented the "Annual Roundup of Notable Entertainment Industry Court Rulings" for the 20th consecutive year to the State Bar of Texas Annual Entertainment Law Institute. He also moderated the 2021 Institute's panel on "Legal Issues in Artificial Intelligence for the Entertainment Industry."


In September 2021, Stan co-presented the webinar "Black Widow, Box Office and Breach of Contract: Profit Participation in COVID," sponsored by the New York

State Bar Association

Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section.


In June 2021, as he has for many years, Stan presented "Entertainment Law Year in Review" to the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section.


Listen to Stan discuss "Right of Publicity" on a recent episode of the Musicians Tip Jar Podcast with hosts Chris Webb & Dave Tamkin.


In March 2021, Stan presented "Hot Topics in Right of Publicity Disputes" to the Thomson Reuters-affiliated Celesq AttorneysEd Center.


Also in March 2021, Stan moderated a panel for the State Bar of Michigan International Law Section on "Trading in Music: Law, Business Practices and Cross-Border Issues."

In February 2021, Stan served as a panelist for “What Arts Deans Need to Know About Handling Music Rights for Streamed Performances” presented to the International Council of Fine Arts Deans.

Stan authored the chapter "Twenty-First-Century Patronage: The Road to Billy Joel's Madison Square Garden Concert Residency" in the 2020 book We Didn't Start the Fire: Billy Joel and Popular Music Studies edited by Joshua S. Duchan and Ryan Raul Bañagale/Lexington Books. Billy Joel wrote the book's Foreword.


In December 2020, Stan presented "Significant New Court Rulings in Entertainment and Media" to the Nashville Bar Association. This was his 27th consecutive year speaking to the Nashville Bar Association.


Also in December 2020, Stan gave his "Copyright Year in Review" presentation for the 24th consecutive year to the Copyright Society of the South in Nashville.


In November 2020, Stan presented the "Annual Roundup of Notable Entertainment Industry Court Rulings" for the 19th consecutive year to the State Bar of Texas Annual Entertainment Law Institute.


In October 2020, Stan presented “A Practical Look at Recent Court Decisions in Film and TV Production” at the virtual version of the New Orleans-based Cutting Edge Conference's Entertainment Law Seminar.


In May 2020, Stan presented "Entertainment Law Year in Review" to the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section.


In December 2019, Stan presented "Significant New Court Rulings in Entertainment and Media" to the Nashville Bar Association. This was his 26th consecutive year speaking to the Nashville Bar Association.


Also in December 2019, Stan gave his "Copyright Year in Review" presentation for the 23rd consecutive year to the Copyright Society of the South in Nashville.


In November 2019, Stan presented "Annual Roundup of Notable Entertainment Industry Court Rulings" for the 18th consecutive year at the State Bar of Texas Annual Entertainment Law Institute in Austin.


In September 2019, Stan spoke in Hamburg, Germany, at the Reeperbahn Festival and Conference as a panelist on "EU Copyright: Cornerstone or Chock Block? On the Copyright Directive's Ramifications."


In May 2019, as he has had the privilege of doing for many years, Stan presented the annual Entertainment Litigation Update at the Spring Meeting of the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section.


In March 2019, Stan presented "Who Am I?: Rights in Artist Personas" at the SXSW Conference in Austin.


Listen to an interview with Stan about entertainment industry litigations, on the podcast CU on the Air.


In December 2018, Stan presented "Fair or Foul?: Campbell v. Acuff-Rose and the State of Copyright Fair Use Controversies Today" to the Nashville Bar Association. This was his 25th consecutive year speaking to the Nashville Bar Association.


Also in December 2018, Stan gave his "Copyright Year in Review" presentation for the 22nd consecutive year to the Copyright Society of the South in Nashville.


In November 2018, Stan presented "Annual Roundup of Notable Entertainment Industry Court Rulings" for the 17th consecutive year at the State Bar of Texas Annual Entertainment Law Institute in Austin.


An excerpt from Baby You're a Rich Man, along with a new Beatles law overview article written by Stan, appeared as the cover story of the American Bar Association's flagship publication, ABA Journal. For this special issue, the ABA Journal published two alternate Beatles cover designs. 


 

Hear an interview with Stan Soocher about and read an excerpt from Baby You're a Rich Man on Colorado Public Radio's website.


Stan was interviewed about Baby You're a Rich Man on the nationally syndicated radio shows Beatle Brunch hosted by Joe Johnson and Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With the Beatles, as well as on Breakfast With the Beatles hosted by Cha-Chi Loprete on WZLX-FM in Boston.


Also hear Stan interviewed by Africa Music Law Podcast hostess and lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok, by Talk Radio One program host, attorney Steven Spierer, and as a guest panelist on Tamera Bennett and Gordon Firemark's Entertainment Law Update Podcast.

In April 2014, Stan Soocher will moderate the panel "Music Law Essentials for Artists" at a Music Business Seminar co-sponsored by the Route 40 Music Fest and the Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado Denver


In April 2014, Stan Soocher will moderate the panel "Music Law Essentials for Artists" at a Music Business Seminar co-sponsored by the Route 40 Music Fest and the Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado Denver


In April 2014, Stan Soocher will moderate the panel "Music Law Essentials for Artists" at a Music Business Seminar co-sponsored by the Route 40 Music Fest and the Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado Denver
In April 2014, Stan Soocher will moderate the panel "Music Law Essentials for Artists" at a Music Business Seminar co-sponsored by the Route 40 Music Fest and the Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado Denver
In April 2014, Stan Soocher will moderate the panel "Music Law Essentials for Artists" at a Music Business Seminar co-sponsored by the Route 40 Music Fest and the Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado Denver

On Sept. 19, Stan Soocher will hold an author event hosted by Barnes & Noble in Loveland, Colorado,to discuss his new book Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit.



In October 2015 in Washington, D.C., Stan will serve on the "Litigation Update" panel at the American Bar Association's Annual Entertainment and Sports Industries Conference.

On Sept. 19, Stan Soocher will hold an author event hosted by Barnes & Noble in Loveland, Colorado

   
   
   
,to discuss his new book Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit.



In October 2015 in Washington, D.C., Stan will serve on the "Litigation Update" panel at the American Bar Association's Annual Entertainment and Sports Industries Conference.

On Sunday, October 11, at 2 p.m., at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore in NW Philadelphia, Stan will speak about and sign copies of Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit.