Entertainment & Intellectual Property Consultant
Corey is very honored to be featured in the January CCC Newsletter, especially because of his life long dedication to copyright and creativity. First, Corey in his youth was a professionally trained classical music composer with a BA in Music from UCSB, and a PhD in Music Composition from The University of York (England) where he pursued a professional composing career and had multiple awards, commissions, premieres, BBC broadcasts.
Unable to make a living as a composer, or as an aspiring junior professor of theory and composition, Corey returned to the USA and headed for New York, where he began a long career in the international classical music publishing business at the U.S. office of the European publishers Schott (Carmina Burana, etc.) and Universal Edition (Vienna, publishers of Mahler, Bartok, Weill, Berg, Schoenberg, Webern, etc.). Corey rose to VP and worked all aspects of the international publishing business including budgeting, royalties, sales, rentals, grand rights, syncs, etc. working with virtually all of the orchestras, opera companies, ballet companies, film and television and record companies worldwide. That began Corey’s interest in copyright law as the foundation of the international music business.
This intense interest in copyright led Corey to start attending law school at night while working as an executive in the music publishing industry. His original goal was just to be the publisher for the rest of his life, but the publisher who won all the copyright arguments with other publishers (Corey served at that time on the Board of the Music Publisher’s Association of the United States). But it turned out that Corey had an aptitude for the law and he started the third phase of his life, having been offered an opportunity by a large national law firm, working as a copyright and entertainment lawyer based on the East Coast. Corey eventually returned to his home town, Los Angeles, and established his own practice at Corey Field Law Group, P.C. Corey’s law boutique has a very broad entertainment and IP practice. Among his clients in film, television, music, and publishing are The Sundance Film Festival; The Wise Music Group; Postmodern Jukebox; MGM Resorts International; The Philadelphia Orchestra; and many producers, publishers, independent labels, composers, songwriters, and performing organizations and estates. Corey’s copyright practice includes registration, recordation, terminations, and appeals. His practice also handles complex cross-media projects such as “live to picture” orchestral concerts, for which Corey has successfully negotiated rights agreements with many major studios and publishers. One of Corey’s practice niches includes the premiere practice of leading arts performing groups including orchestras, opera companies, and ballet companies, as well as more “New York” centric projects such as live theatre, Broadway musicals, Las Vegas productions, and book publishing.
Among Corey’s copyright law bona fides is the fact that he served as the President of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. from 2010 to 2012. CSUSA is based in New York and is the premiere international organization supporting copyright law education and expertise. Corey is also a distinguished author of many scholarly articles about copyright law which have been published in leading journals such as The Journal of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.; The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law; UCLA Entertainment Law Review; Entertainment and Sports Lawyer; Copyright World; Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook, and The Journal of Intellectual Property Law. His writings include in depth analysis of copyright and entertainment law topics, including the quirky one-woman play “Copyright: My Story” which was performed at the United States Federal Court Building in Atlanta, Georgia to a distinguished audience of attorneys and judges.
Corey’s writings include the standard Entertainment Law textbook used in law schools nationwide and by many practicing attorneys: “Entertainment Law: Fundamentals and Practice” published by Cognella and available online through Cognella or leading booksellers. Corey is a former Adjunct Professor at USC Gould School of Law teaching entertainment law and music law, and formerly taught a course at UCLA Extension titled Copyright in the Entertainment Industry. He has spoken to many groups and organizations on the topic of copyright law including the CCC, and chairs the annual “Entertainment Law Year in Review” for the LA County Bar Association Section on Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property. Corey was one of the original recipients of the Grand Prize in the Grammy Foundation’s Entertainment Law Initiative Legal Writing competition, and served as a Board Member for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Philadelphia Chapter. He serves as a Trustee for The BMI Foundation; The Kurt Weill Foundation; and KUSC Radio. Corey is a member of the California, New York, and Pennsylvania Bars. Corey recently resumed composing orchestral and vocal works and invites his friends in the CCC to check out the multiple recordings of his music now streaming on Spotify, apple, etc. on the First Leaf Music label, especially his orchestral trilogy titled “Three Places in Los Angeles”, whose movements might intrigue his LA friends including I: The Lake at Franklin Canyon; II: Laurel Canyon; and III: Mulholland Drive.