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Judith Finell

Judith Finell

Judith Finell MusicServices, Inc.
Musicologist
Bronxville, NY, USA


Judith Finell is a musicologist and the president of Judith Finell MusicServices Inc., a music consulting firm in New York founded in 1985. She has testified as an expert witness and consulted in various litigations involving copyright infringement over the past 20 years, including most recently as the lead musicologist for the Marvin Gaye family in their dispute over the song “Blurred Lines” with Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. She has also testified in disputes for Michael Jackson, Sony/CBS, Warner-Chappell, the estates of Igor Stravinsky and Bob Marley and before the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington on behalf of the National Music Publishers Assn. in a dispute with the RIAA.

Ms. Finell’s firm regularly advises entertainment company clients on licensing and risk avoidance in copyright matters, including HBO, Sony Pictures, Disney, Grey Advertising, Lionsgate, LucasFilms, CBS, and others. 

Ms. Finell 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 on the board of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and has appeared as a guest lecturer at the law schools of UCLA, Columbia, Vanderbilt, George Washington, NYU, and Fordham as well as the Beverly Hills Bar Assn., LA Copyright Society, and the American Independent Music Publishers. She may be reached either by e-mail at judi@jfmusicservices.com or by telephone at (914) 779-8881.
Judith Finell is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Unblurring the Lines: Navigating the Complex Relationship Between Technology, Music & Copyright Law (PowerPoint slides) - Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018
Scandalous Notes: A Musicologist Discusses New Developments in Music Technology that Challenge Copyright Attorneys and Expert Witnesses, NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Special Edition 2008, Vol. 19, No. 1 - Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Music Copyright Developments in Court and Elsewhere - Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Friday, March 16, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Music Copyright Developments in Court and Elsewhere - Music Copyright Developments in Court and Elsewhere, Friday, March 16, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Music Copyright Developments in Court and Elsewhere - Music Copyright Developments in Court and Elsewhere, Friday, March 16, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Music Copyright Developments in Court and Elsewhere - Music Copyright Developments in Court and Elsewhere, Friday, March 16, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 22, 2018, New York, NY
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