Many times on this blog we have stumbled into the topic of intellectual property (IP). It is a field of study that effects many of the things we do as musicians, from music copyright to instrument patents to brand trademarks. IP law can be vast and confusing. I know I have gaps in my knowledge regarding IP, which is why I was excited when I saw that Crash Course is doing an entire series about IP. Crash Course is a YouTube channel devoted to educational programs. They have covered topics from World History to chemistry and their videos are always well researched, written, and edited.
Here is their first video in the Intellectual Property Series
Their videos are tailored to IP in general, but we can definitely apply some of the lessons to music. I would love to get a discussion going about the series. Let us know in the comments your thoughts on this video as it applies to handbells.
Also, I will be posting all the rest of the episodes across our social media sites as the series continues. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr to see the rest of the videos and join the conversation.
As the handbell world grows and matures, let’s keep this discussion about IP going and learn as much about it as we can. IP can be confusing sometimes, but by learning about it we can use it to grow our musical careers instead of being held back by doubts regarding the law.