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Jeremy J. Beck

Louisville, Kentucky
Associate

Phone: 502.583.7400
Fax: 502.589.4168
jbeck@ackersonlegal.com

Jeremy J. Beck joined Ackerson & Yann as an associate attorney in 2007, after earning his J.D. from the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law, cum laude, and being admitted to the Kentucky bar that same year. Jeremy focuses his practice on intellectual property law (copyright and trademark), entertainment and art law, contracts, and general business law. His clients include individuals and business entities active in the music and film industries, publishing, visual arts, and graphic design. Jeremy is also a published composer of classical music, which affords him particular insight into the challenges and legal issues facing those engaged in these and other related creative fields.

Born outside of Cleveland and raised in Illinois, Jeremy has previously been a tenured associate professor of music at California State University-Fullerton and the University of Northern Iowa. In addition to his J.D. from the University of Louisville, Jeremy holds a D.M.A. and M.M.A. from the Yale School of Music (1995, 1992), an M.A. from Duke University (1989), and a B.S. from Mannes College the New School for Music in New York City (1984), all in music composition.

Jeremy is a member of the American Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association, the Society of Composers, Inc. and the American Composers Forum. He lives with his wife and son in Louisville.

Areas of Practice:
  • Copyright and Trademark Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Contracts and General Business Law
  • Music Law
  • Art Law
Publications:
  • Speaking of Music and the Counterpoint of Copyright: Addressing the Legal and Ethical Concerns in Making Oral History Available to the Public (co-author, Libby Van Cleve, Director of Oral History of American Music at Yale University Library), 2011 DUKE L. & TECH. REV. 005.
  • Composing With Eyes Open: A Discussion of Commissions and Contracts, American Composers Forum, SOUNDING BOARD 1, 6-7 (Oct.-Nov.-Dec. 2010).
  • Register This Warning, Copyright Holders: Get Claims on File or Lose Infringement Actions on Summary Judgment, K.B.A. PUB. BENCH & BAR (Sept. 2009).
  • Dodging Left and Right: The Emerging Use of a Qualified Associational Privilege in IP Litigation, A.B.A. SEC. PUB. INTELL. PROP. LITIG. 20/1 (Fall 2008).
  • Bid Protests Under the Kentucky Model Procurement Code, Common-Law Standards and Yamaha, A.B.A. ST. & LOC. L. NEWS 29/3 (2006) (co-author with Larry C. Ethridge).
  • Chalk Talk: Entity Liability for Teacher-on-Student Sexual Harassment: Could State Law Offer Greater Protection for Some Plaintiffs?, 35 J.L. & EDUC. 141 (2006). Available on Westlaw.
  • Article: Music Composition, Sound Recordings and Digital Sampling in the 21st Century: A Legislative and Legal Framework to Balance Competing Interests, 13 UCLA ENT. L. REV. 1 (2005). Available on Westlaw.
    • Second Prize, 2005 SANTA CLARA COMPUTER & HIGH TECH. L.J. Comment Contest
  • Cited in:
    • John S. Pelletier, Sampling the Circuits: The Case for a New Comprehensive Scheme for Determining Copyright Infringement as a Result of Music Sampling, 89 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1161 (2012).
    • Project Petrucci, LLC, Amicus Brief, Golan v. Holder (U.S. Supreme Court 2011).
    • Catherine Palo, Copyright Infringement Litigation, 77 Am. Jur. Trials 449 (updated 2011).
    • Thomas P. Wolf, Toward A “New School” Licensing Regime For Digital Sampling: Disclosure, Coding, And Click-Through, 2011 Stan. Tech. L. Rev. N1 (2011).
    • Pamela Samuelson, Unbundling Fair Uses, 77 Fordham L. Rev. 2537 (2009).
    • Reuven Ashtar, Theft, Transformation, And The Need Of The Immaterial: A Proposal For A Fair Use Digital Sampling Regime, 19 Alb. L.J. Sci. & Tech. 261 (2009).
    • Victoria Elman & Alex Middleton, Girl Talk on Trial: Could Fair Use Prevail?, 2009 Cardozo Law Review de novo 149, 167 (2009).
    • Joshua Crum, The Day The (Digital) Music Died: Bridgeport, Sampling Infringement, And A Proposed Middle Ground, 2008 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 943 (2008).
    • Tracy L. Reilly, Debunking The Top Three Myths Of Digital Sampling: An Endorsement Of The Bridgeport Music Court’s Attempt To Afford “Sound” Copyright Protection To Sound Recordings, 31 Colum. J.L. & Arts 355 (2008).
Presentations:
  • Contracts and Copyright, Kentucky Creative Industry Summit, Kentucky Arts Council (Nov. 2016).
  • Commissions and Contracts, Society of Composers Region III Conference, Marshall University (Feb. 2016).
  • Contracts and Copyright for Performing Artists, Kentucky Arts Council, Professional Artist Development Workshop (Nov. 2015).
  • Contracts and Copyright, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Apr. 2015).
  • The Basics of Copyright Law, Oklahoma State University-Stillwater, School of Entrepreneurship and the Department of Music (Apr. 2013). 
  • Contracts and Copyright for Performing Artists, Kentucky Arts Council, Professional Artist Development Workshop (June 2012).
  • Entertainment Law: Copyright & Contracts, Kentucky Arts Council, Professional Artist Development Workshop (July 2011).
  • Speaking of Music and the Counterpoint of Copyright: Addressing the Legal and Ethical Concerns in Making Oral History Available to the Public (with Libby Van Cleve, Director of Oral History of American Music at Yale University Library), Oral History Association Annual Conference, Louisville, KY (Oct. 2009).
  • Music and Copyright in the Digital Age, Iowa Composers Forum “Nuts & Bolts” Conference, Cedar Rapids, IA (May 2009).
  • Sampling and Copyright: Does ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’ Infringe on Creativity?

    • University of Maryland-Baltimore County (LIVEWIRE Festival Oct. 2010)
    • University of Pittsburgh (Feb. 2008).
    • University of Kentucky (Oct. 2007).
    • University of Iowa (Apr. 2007).
    • University of Northern Iowa (Apr. 2007).
    • Society of Composers, Inc. Region IV Conference, Middle Tennessee State University (Oct. 2006).
Ackerson & Yann, PLLC is a regional law firm located in Louisville, Kentucky.  We represent clients throughout the State of Kentucky, the Southeast and the Midwest.