We relocated permanently to Austin, Texas earlier this Spring after several years of shuttling back and forth between Austin and New York. I have resumed teaching copyright law at UT Law School, an impressive institution in its own right, but one part of a vast university system with many deep pockets of expertise, from archeology to cyber tech, with hundreds of labs, research units and centers dedicated to a sweeping range of disciplines. I plan to tap into some of those resources; in the past, I’ve struggled with questions over materials science in the making of vinyl records and electrical engineering in the design and implementation of power systems for sensitive audio playback systems. Here’s a short essay that was recently published at The Vinyl Press about settling in and setting up. I have resumed writing about older recorded music and will probably expand that to include live performances as and when they happen here in the “live music capital of the world.” More to come….
Bill Hart, a well-known NYC copyright lawyer, now retired, teaches law, writes about music history, audio reproduction and is involved in book, music and film project development.