Intellectual Property Overview

Do you know the difference between a copyright, a trademark, and a patent? Understanding the basic forms of intellectual property is key to protecting your artistic creations and maximizing your income potential. In this course you will learn the fundamentals of the IP typically encountered in the music industry.

Included in this course

25 modules across 5 lessons
12 animated videos
3 interactive learning checks
Certificate of Completion

About this Course

This course covers the fundamentals of the main types of intellectual property typically encountered in the music business; trademarks, copyrights, and patents.

You will learn how intangible creations of the mind become protected intellectual property, and how to control the commercial exploitation of a person’s name and likeness within the context of the music business.

It will provide you with a detailed understanding of how intellectual property drives the music industry and how best to protect–and exploit–your own IP so the revenue it generates always flows to you.

What You'll Learn

  • An understanding of what IP you own—and what you need to license.
  • How to create, register, protect, and exploit your copyrights.
  • Recognition of whatrights you’re entitled to with your IP, and what you might be giving up by way of those rights with every career decision you make.
  • How to proactively protect IP in order to maximize its income potential.

Course Breakdown

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Inside This Course

Meet the Intells

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Meet the Intells is an animated series that teaches the real business of music through storytelling. Each episode breaks industry topics down into fun, easy to understand segments and can be watched individually or as part of the course content.

Crystalize your knowledge with interactive learning checks

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Solidify your knowledge of music industry agreements with multiple-choice quizzes and drag-and-drop puzzles to help you remember what you've learned in a fun and engaging way.

Learn the Ins and Outs of Copyright

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The entire music industry revolves around intellectual property. The copyrights you create, own, control, and license are your bread and butter in this business. With so much at stake, learning how to register, protect, and exploit your IP is crucial.

Inside the Real Music Industry 

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True stories of artists in real-life scenarios, often based on our own personal dealings with them, are peppered throughout the course.

Know your Name and Likeness Rights

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Learn about all the rights you have to your name and image and how they’re protected and can be monetized.

Go Deeper

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Each CI Academy course covers both basic and advanced concepts. Our courses are designed as a constant source of up-to-date reference material you keep coming back to.
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Protect Yourself

Our courses give you the knowledge and skills to protect your work and move forward in the music business with confidence. Based on real information from industry insiders, we help you make informed decisions, avoid costly mistakes, and protect yourself from unscrupulous actors. Sign up and invest in your career today.

Trusted By

Songwriters, Producers, Managers, Industry Executives and Lawyers

Austin Rosen, co-manager of Post Malone.
“For anyone wanting to get into the music industry, the Creative Intell Academy courses are the best to take. If you’re an artist, writer, producer or manager, this will change the game and the way you operate.”
Austin Rosen
co-manager of Post Malone
Lucas Keller, President and Founder of Milk & Honey
" The more informed the producer is on how the business works, the easier it is to manage their career.  Creative Intell Academy takes complex legal concepts, breaks them down, and makes them easy to understand. We recommend all of our clients take these courses now."
Lucas Keller
President/Founder of Milk & Honey
Dana Biondi, manager of Suicide Boys.
"Unlock your music career's fullest potential with the Creative Intell Academy. Avoid costly legal mistakes, sign smart contracts, and maximize your revenue. As a manager of platinum-selling artists, I confidently endorse the CI Academy. They've got you covered."
Dana Biondi
manager of $uicideboy$

Backed by the management teams of

Post Malone

Lil Tecca

The Killers

Imagine Dragons

Bad Bunny

Trusted by the biggest firms in the industry