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Ethical Issues Representing a Band - Using the Beatles and Rolling Stones as Examples

Total Credits: 1 including 1.0 Ethics

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Legal Ethics
Jim Jesse, Esq.
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1 Hour 03 Minutes
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In this program, attorney/songwriter Jim Jesse discusses the unique issues faced when representing an organization as a client, particularly one as unique as a musical group. in this case, Jesse uses The Beatles and Rolling Stones as examples. Picture yourself as General Counsel for the two biggest bands in the world. And there's plenty of overlap between the two bands.

Jesse uses specific fact patterns from the later portions of The Beatles' career and overlapping portions of The Rolling Stones' career to illustrate these principles, including copyright infringement, as well as:

  • Ethical Issues in George Harrison My Sweet Lord Case (The Featured Case) / Breach of Fiduciary Duty / Conflict of Interest – MRPC 1.7, 2.1
  • Ethical Issues Regarding Band/Organization Dissolution – MRPC 1.13, 1.14
  • Ethical Issues and Conflict of Interest in Representing Competing Interests in a Group – MRPC 1.7, 2.1

This is the third installment of Jesse's Intellectual Property/Copyright series exploring issues lawyers may encounter when representing individual musical artists and bands. While the educational content of each installment stands alone, there are added benefits to attending all three.



Jim Jesse, Esq.'s Profile

Jim Jesse, Esq. Related Seminars and Products

Rock n Roll Law

Jim Jesse has been an attorney for 24 years, and has been a full-time CLE presenter since 2013. He is the former General Counsel for Cool Music Network (THECOOLTV), which is a 24-hour music video television network. 


Previously in private practice, he founded Rock N Roll Law to spread his passion for music law through his seminars.

He is also a singer/songwriter who has released two albums, is a member of BMI, and has run his own record label distributing his music. He has written songs for more than 30 years, and studied music history for nearly as long.


He is also the author of "The Music Copyright Law Manual" and the forthcoming "The Musician’s Guide to Music Copyright Law."

Mr. Jesse consults and practices in areas regarding intellectual property, licensing and music law. He has drafted and reviewed hundreds of contracts from small barter deals to multi-million dollar ones.



Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 28


Jonathan H - Lincoln, Nebraska

"I will pay closer attention to the ethics rules when representing corporations/groups relating to who has authority to make decisions."

David S - Lewiston, Maine

"Respect client decisions that are informed (even if you disagree)."

J. M - Albuquerque, New Mexico

"ensure client reads the contract"

Gary S - Santa Fe, New Mexico

"Rules of professional conduct."

Jeffrey L - Las Cruces, New Mexico

"Awareness of pitfalls in representing organization "

Andrew E - South Portland, Maine

"Determine who leads organization you are representing"

Joan D - Yarmouth, Maine

"Perspective of the band members."

Jonathan H - New Braunfels, Texas

"considering potential conflicts early on especially for entities"

James G - Albuquerque, New Mexico

"ethics in musician representation"

Steven S - Lewiston, Maine

"always know who your client is."