May 6 – Art Law Talks: Who Owns that Sound? Music in the Digital Age

Art Law Talks: Who Owns that Sound? Music in the Digital Age

Wednesday, May 6, 5–6PM

Join PLEO Director of Programs (and Artists’ Legal Outreach‘s Legal Director) Martha Rans, for a happy hour glass of wine in conversation with entertainment lawyer Kurt Dahl.

FREE webinar via Zoom. Registration required here

From Led Zeppelin to Sam Smith to the Strokes, “plagiarism” in music is a hot topic today. As sounds and ideas circulate, who really owns them? Entertainment Lawyer Kurt Dahl shares his insights into what constitutes songwriting and what constitutes music plagiarism in 2020. If you’re a musician, songwriter or creative person, this is a presentation you don’t want to miss.

About Kurt

Kurt Dahl is one of the preeminent entertainment lawyers in Canada and has been actively involved in the music industry for the past two decades, as an entertainment lawyer, touring musician, public speaker and artist advocate. He wrote his Master of Laws thesis in 2009 on the future of the music industry and has practiced entertainment law across Canada since 2010. His clients range from Juno Award-winning bands, record labels, publishers and managers, to the smallest up-and-coming artists. His articles on cutting edge issues in the music industry have been published around the world by Canadian Musician, Canadian Lawyer, SOCAN, Drum Magazine and more, and can be found on his website

Kurt has toured the world with his band One Bad Son, playing arenas opening for Def Leppard and Judas Priest, and in 2019 sharing the stage with The Rolling Stones in front of 80,000 in Ontario. One Bad Son landed their first #1 single in Canada with the song Raging Bull in 2018. Kurt has served as President of SaskMusic for the past five years and has served on the Board of Directors for the Western Canadian Music Awards and BreakOut West since 2018. Kurt is passionate about utilizing his knowledge as both artist and lawyer to help others in the music industry make the most of their career.

Join the ALO’s Legal Director, Martha Rans, on Wednesday evenings for a (virtual) happy hour glass of wine and conversation with a range of experts in legal issues relevant to artists and arts organizations across Canada.

Art can be messy. Artists’ Legal Outreach (ALO) Pacific Legal Education and Outreach (PLEO) can help.

The Art Law Talks series is made possible through support from the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Services Division.

For more details about our Art Law Talks Webinar series, as well as PLEO’s new Legal Lunch & Learn webinar series for non-profits, head to our webinar page: