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Legendary rock music guru talks IP to Queen Mary law students


Renowned music manager Peter Jenner took centre stage to lecture on artists’ rights at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), at Queen Mary, University of London, this week.

Jenner, who has managed music icons including Pink Floyd, T Rex, Ian Dury, Billy Bragg and The Clash, is also a member of The Featured Artists Coalition, which campaigns to protect UK performers' and musicians' rights.

He talked to 90 students taking the Intellectual Property in the Creative Industries course, as part of the Master of Laws (LLM) in Intellectual Property Law at the university.  

The course, now in its second year, is the most extensive of its type, covering intellectual property aspects of the music, film and publishing industries. Students also learn about the commercialisation of celebrities’ images and video games licensing and other IP issues.

Noam Shemtov, course convener and lecturer in Intellectual Property and Technology Law at CCLS, said: “Peter Jenner talked to students about rights’ management and artists’ contracts in the digital age.

“He gave a fascinating and invaluable industry insight to the kind of legal issues and challenges artists and musician currently face when trying to ‘make it’ in the industry.

“The students’ interest was reflected in the question and answer session, which followed the lecture and lasted for almost an hour.”

The talk follows a previous lecture where students heard from the Deputy Director of Global Legal Policy, which represents the recording industry worldwide.

In 1964 at the age of 21, Peter Jenner graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first-class degree in Economics and took a lecturing position at the London School of Economics. At 25, he left to manage the then unknown Pink Floyd with business partner Andrew King, and guided the band to superstardom.

Throughout the 1960s Jenner ran a number of free Hyde Park concerts with his management company Blackhill Enterprises, attracting 250,000 fans to the park in 1969 to see The Rolling Stones just two days after guitarist Brian Jones’s death.

In recent years, copyright legislation has struggled to keep up with advancements in digital audio and visual entertainment. As Secretary General of the International Music Managers’ Forum, Jenner oversees efforts to maintain the rights of artists as the creators of copyright, to influence international legislation and policy discussion, and educates at music industry conferences around the world.

Read the original article on the Queen Mary Media Centre.

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Sarah Cox
Assistant Communications Officer
Queen Mary, University of London



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