Previous books

IAEL Yearbooks

Each year the IAEL publishes a book focussing on a topic of interest in the field of entertainment. media and technology law and business.  Copies can be obtained from Jeff Liebenson, IAEL President or Duncan Calow, IAEL General Secretary. You can also contact us directly from the website or visit us at MIDEM or some of the other events shown on the Events and News pages during the year.

Prices below are exclusive of a postage and packaging fee of €5 which will be added automtically for each book when you click on the Buy Now buttons below. 

The Streaming Revolution in the Entertainment Industry (2015) (Print edition €60- Print & USB edition €80)  

Music streaming services have really taken off. We’re no longer focused on how downloads are supplanting CD sales, but how streaming, with its own licensing and royalty issues, is replacing the established revenue model for downloading. Other entertainment content sectors are experiencing similar developments. The challenges in obtaining the necessary rights is forcing a re-examination of strategic direction and the overall economics. In this fast emerging context, this book will focus on many of the tough new issues that arise from the streaming of entertainment content.

Edited by Marcelo Goyanes and Jeff Liebenson

Print edition

Print & USB edition


Licensing of Music - From BC to AD (Before the Change/After Digital) (2014) (Print edition €50- Print & USB edition €70)

This book focusses on how the advancement of new technologies that allow content to reach global audiences instantly has made it more important than ever for entertainment professionals to familiarise themselves with internationally recognised standards for copyright ownership and licensing.

The publication will provide a practical approach incorporating specific advice and case law in respect of content owners and digital service providers and will contain an overview of the broader structure of various licensing regimes.

Authors: Adrienn Karancsi and James Kendrick

Print edition

Print & USB edition


Creative Lawyering for Growth in the Entertainment Industry (2013) (€40)

This book focusses on how creative lawyering can assist clients in their effort to grow, innovate and broaden their reach into new business markets.

Authors: Anne-Marie Pecoraro (France) and Cecily Mak (US)


Building Your Artist’s Brand as a Business (2012) (€40)

Building Your Artist’s Brand as a Business explores the trading of intellectual property assets and how to best protect artists’ rights in connection with brand building. The concept of branding, what used to be viewed by an artist as “selling out,” has now become the norm and quite possibly the necessity for maintaining a successful music career. Building Your Artist’s Brand as a Business covers the copyright, trademark and publicity rights surrounding an artist’s music, performances, public appearances, name and image and how to manage these assets to help build a long term career and monetize an artist’s brand. This is what the book seeks to explain.

Edited by Dina LaPolt


Live Entertainment Handbook (2011) (€30)

Live music has accelerated dramatically as the outlook for recorded music has gone from bad to worse. And yet, this growth has arguably been too exaggerated in some quarters with the signs of a slowdown now very visible and negative consumer perception a growing problem. So, there are great opportunities alongside considerable pitfalls in this never-more important space. This edition of the annual IAEL publication provides advice from leading entertainment law practitioners on every corner of live from the basics of Performing Rights to complexities of overseas taxation. It is an indispensible handbook for anyone engaged in the live space.

Edited by Marc Jacobson & Wolf-D Schoepe


Collective Licensing at the ISP Level (2010) (€30)

“ISP Licensing” is the concept of charging a licensing fee on the monthly bill of every internet subscriber for filesharing and distributing this money to rights holders.   The IAEL 2010 book addresses the question of how such a collective licensing scheme would work in every territory in the world. 

The book polls leading entertainment lawyers in each territory to create a tapestry of the law of collective rights licensing around the world.  It also contains the opinions of industry leaders, visionaries and artists including Moby, Jerry Casale from DEVO, Todd Brabec (ASCAP), Simon Wheeler (Beggars Group), Terry McBride (Nettwerk), and representatives from T-Mobile, O2, VH1 and more.

Amid all the talk of three strikes you’re out legislation and various solutions to internet “piracy,” the book provides a welcome draft of pure signal, describing in layman’s terms what the law actually is and how you would implement a new collective right in each country in the world.  We hope you enjoy it.

Edited by Steve Masur


Multiple Rights Deals in the Music Industry (2009) (€30)

CD sales have fallen steadily since 2000 and digital (while growing) is not offsetting the losses.  Record companies have been looking for ways to tap into new revenue streams and multiple-rights deals are becoming the industry norm.  What do these deals actually entail? How willing are the artists and their managers to sign them? Are they even new? And, crucially can they always be enforced?  The 2009 IAEL book picks apart these deals, pinpoints there antecedents in the West as  in Asia and looks at how approaches differ around the world.

Edited by Julian Bentley


User- Generated Content (2008) (€20)

User-generated content is the most discussed but least understood force to hit us since P2P.  When is content user-generated and who actually owns it?  What business models can be developed for it, and how can it be monetised?  Do our current legal systems need to be revised to accommodate it?  Examining these issues from the perspectives of various industries, this book plots out how law and business should react.

Edited by Jeff Liebenson


Private Copying (2007) (€20)

The issue of private copying has never been more relevant, or more contested. The 2007 book considers if and how the needs of both consumers and copyright holders can be reconciled in an age of downloading and digital storage; or if they will always be mutually antagonistic.

Edited by Peter Marx


Competition (2006) (€20)

As companies move to establish their position in the emerging digital markets, talk of mergers and consolidation has become commonplace - this book explores the competition anti-trust issues which are crucial to those market changes.

Edited by Isabelle Wekstein


Celebrity**** (2005) (€20)

Where celebrity, media and law meet. A collection of essays by the leading minds in entertainment law explore the effect of new legislation.

Edited by Jay Cooper and Ken Burry


Back to the Future! 30 Years of the IAEL (2004) (€20)

30 years of experience show that new solutions in law draw on the lessons of history.

Edited by Robert Horsfall

Prior out of print editions

  • Music Unleashed: Legal Implications of Mobile Music Distribution (2003)
  • Collective Licensing: Past, Present & Future (2002)
  • Talent in the New Millennium (2001)
  • Legal and Commercial Effects of Digitisation on the Music Industry (2000)
  • Music in Film, Television and Advertising (1999)
  • Business and Legal Aspects of Live Concert Touring (1998)
  • The Impact of Competition on the Music Industry (1997)
  • Multimedia Deals in the Music Industry (1996)
  • Moral Rights (1995)
  • Digital Cable Radio: Tensions between the Music Industry and the Broadcasting Industry (1994)
  • Enforcement of Copyright & Related Rights affecting the Music Industry (1993)
  • Mechanical Rights (1992)
  • Music & New Markets (1991)
  • Neighbouring Rights : Artists, Producers & their Collecting Societies (1990)
  • Collecting Societies in the Music Industries (1989)
  • Music and the New Technologies (1988)
  • Limits of Free Bargaining/Sanctity of Contracts with Performing Artists & Composers (1987)
  • Merchandising & Sponsorship in the Music Business (1986)