Volunteer Intellectual Property Lawyer

Cause Areas


Tue Jan 30, 2018 - Fri Mar 30, 2018


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


The Community Improvement Initiative Inc. (CII) has initiated a project where composers can submit original jazz compositions to an online portal for inclusion in a royalty-free music book. CII will then promote the book internationally through volunteers. The concept of the book is similar to The Real Book, a formerly illegal book of music that any serious jazz musician owns and uses for performances.

One purpose of this project is to increase public performance opportunities for musicians in areas where licensing fees of existing music deter venue owners from hosting live music. Another purpose is to give composers the opportunity to immortalize their music by having it included in this book. We are planning to distribute the book internationally, and legally.

A draft website is located at www.jazzbook.discussion.community or at www.jazzbook.org where you can read about the concept. The licensing section is still under development pending legal advice.

This position can be completed via the Internet; you do not have to be located in Orlando where we are based:Currently we are including music under various Creative Commons licenses. However, we need legal advice on the following matters.

1. How to protect ourselves in case the composer of the music takes down the recorded or printed sheet music from the web, thus destroying evidence the music has a creative commons license.

2. The organization and directors' personal and legal risk exposure, and how to mitigate such exposure.

3. The efficacy of the various Creative Commons licenses internationally.

4. We would like to create a license that is more restrictive than any of the Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution Share-Alike License (commerical uses included) we think is most suitable for new work.

We would like to create a license that grants royalty free printing and distribution of the book, but limits public performance to venues with certain capacities. We would also like to remove the free licensing of synchronization, mechanical recording, and any other rights granted. We think removing these forms of copyright from the license will encourage the submission of higher quality submissions than any of the creative commons licenses.

We would like advice on such a license we have created, with suggested changes.

Volunteers who can help us with any of these items are encouraged to contact us to explore this opportunity further.


  • Legal (General)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Paralegal
  • Music Arts

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • 7 hours
  • Must have knowledge of Intellectual Property as it pertains to music

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