Judith Finell
Adjunct Professor in Musicology (Forensic Musicology) , Music Industry

Judith Finell is a musicologist and the president of Judith Finell Music Services Inc., a music consulting firm in New York and Los Angeles, founded 25 years ago in New York. Since then, she has served as a consultant and expert witness involving music copyright infringement, advised on artist career and project development, and a wide variety of music industry topics.

 

Finell was honored to be the 2018 commencement speaker at The UCLA Herb Albert School of Music. She was also interviewed by NBC/Universal for a 2018 documentary entitled “The Universality of Music” in which she discussed the ways in which she sees music as being an international language that can bridge cultural barriers that spoken language does not.

 

Finell was the testifying expert for the Marvin Gaye family in the milestone “Blurred Lines” case in Federal Court. She has testified in many other notable copyright infringement trials over the past 20 years. She and her team of musicologists regularly advise HBO, Lionsgate, Grey Advertising, CBS, Warner, Disney, and Sony Pictures on musical works for their commercials, films, and television series. Finell also frequently advises attorneys, advertising agencies, entertainment and recording companies, publishing firms, and musicians, addressing copyright issues, including those arising from digital sampling, electronic technology, and Internet musical usage.

 

Finell was invited to teach forensic musicology at UCLA in 2018, where she continues to teach the only such course in the country. She holds an M.A. degree in musicology from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. from UCLA in piano performance. She has written numerous articles and a book in the area of contemporary music and copyright infringement and has appeared in trials on Court TV and before the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

 

She is a trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and has appeared as a guest lecturer at the law schools of Harvard University, UCLA, Stanford, Columbia, Vanderbilt, George Washington, NYU, and Fordham, as well as the Beverly Hills Bar Association, LA Copyright Society, and the Association of Independent Music Publishers. She is co-founder and editor of Your Inside Track, a newsletter on topics in music and copyright.

How AI and Musicians Collaborate, a Ted Talk with Judith Finell
Music creation is one of the most distinguishing features of humanity. So what does it mean that AI has entered the picture? Judith Finell, lecturer in music industry at The
Composer Tod Machover Speaks on Collaborative AI, Progress of Media Technology
Curious about how AI will impact music composition? Music Industry faculty Judith Finnell and Don Franzen arranged for MIT Media Lab faculty member and Musical America’s 2016 Composer of the
Judith Finell Talks Copyright Infringement in the New Yorker
From the New Yorker: Many people correctly predicted that the “Blurred Lines” ruling would trigger a wave of frivolous infringement cases. “I can’t tell you how many calls we get
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