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Corey Field

Corey Field

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 306B

Corey Field is a widely regarded entertainment lawyer, legal writer, teacher, and scholar. In addition to his legal practice, he is a lecturer in law at the USC Gould School of Law, where he teaches courses including “Entertainment Law,” “Entertainment Law in Practice,” and an LLM course “Topics in Entertainment Law.”
Field is also the principal author of the legal treatise Entertainment Law: Forms and Analysis published by Law Journal Press, New York, a division of American Lawyer Media, which he updates twice annually. He serves as Outside Counsel for the Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival and was formerly president of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the world’s leading copyright law organization.  
After more than 10 years with a national law firm, Field founded a boutique firm specializing in entertainment, media, copyright and trademark law, Corey Field Law Group, P.C., based in Los Angeles, which represents clients worldwide in all areas of the entertainment industry. Field's legal career followed a successful career as the vice president of an international classical music publishing company. Before that, he was a composer and holds a PhD in Music. Among his many speaking engagements and teaching assignments was a recent week-long seminar on film production, copyright, and entertainment law presented at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, China, at the invitation of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, for an audience of CEOs of leading Chinese production, media, and finance companies.
Among the clients Field has represented in entertainment and intellectual property matters are a broad range of companies, producers, and individuals in music, film, television, Internet, publishing, fashion, electronic games, and live performance from opera and ballet to Las Vegas resorts. He also represents visual arts clients, celebrities (including actors and athletes), talent agencies, publicists, and managers.
Field's practice includes not only deal making and licensing, but intellectual property including copyright and trademark filings, registrations, and brand development, including copyright management strategies such as termination of copyrights for authors and their estates. He is especially sought after for growth- and enterprise-building creative projects, including film and media financing, major publishing and acquisition agreements, television and music production, and other creative projects that need both legal and business experience and leadership on behalf of his clients.
While his practice is primarily transactional, Field is also a litigator who has argued complex copyright issues before a circuit court of appeal. Among his high-profile clients are The Sundance Film Festival; NBCUniversal Media, LLC; Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI); the estate of Mother Teresa of Calcutta; the Jabbawockeez; MGM Resorts; GoldieBlox, Music Sales Corp./G. Schirmer Music Publishers; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Cable News Network, Inc. (CNN); Pulitzer Prize-winning composers; and an elite niche representing orchestras, opera and ballet companies, ensembles, composers, performers, agents, managers, and others in the worldwide classical music industry.
Prior to his legal career, Field used his beginnings as a musician and composer of classical music (he holds a PhD in Music Composition) as an entree into the international music-publishing business, based on the East Coast, serving as Vice President of European American Music Distributors Corp., the United States office of the leading European publishers Schott (Mainz, London, Tokyo) and Universal Edition (Vienna and London), working in all areas of the music industry including licensing, accounting, royalties, negotiation, promotion, and catalog acquisition.
Field is also a scholar of entertainment and IP law, as the Principal Author of the legal treatise "Entertainment Law: Forms and Analysis," published by Law Journal Press, New York, which he updates twice annually. He currently serves as a trustee of the BMI Foundation Inc.; the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.; and as a member of the Grammy Foundation's Entertainment Law Initiative Advisory Committee. He formerly served as Treasurer of the American Music Center (New York, now "New Music USA"), as a governor of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy, and as a board member of the Music Publishers' Association of the United States.
Field has been widely published in scholarly journals and media-industry publications on the subjects of copyright, entertainment, media, and advertising law, and has also been a guest commentator on television programs. He is a regular guest speaker at law schools nationwide. Field is also the editor and author of several published and recorded musical compositions and arrangements. In addition to his teaching at USC Gould, he also teaches a course in the Entertainment Studies Department at UCLA Extension titled "Copyright Law in the Entertainment Industry."
Field is a member of the California, New York, and Pennsylvania bars. Born in Los Angeles, he holds a BA in Music from UC Santa Barbara and a Doctorate in Music Composition from the University of York, England, and, while working full time in the music publishing industry on the East Coast, attended Widener University School of Law, graduating cum laude.


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