The rocky landscape that maps today’s music related businesses and industries naturally presents copious opportunities for the growth of innovative services. Unfortunately, traditional power structures backed by acquired rights and political influence continue to create impediments resulting in inefficiencies and a plethora of social costs. This Copyright & Licensing presentation and discussion reflects the backbone of a recent thesis produced for the Stockholm University master program in intellectual property law. Instead of taking for granted the legitimacy and primacy of contemporary rights administration practices, the presentation will seek to highlight the inefficacy of traditional music licensing strategies and their vast negative impacts on the development and proliferation of profitable and legitimate online music services. While focusing on the needs of the now interchangeable artist and listener, the discussion will deconstruct the nature and function of the middleman that is the contemporary rights administrator. We will cover everything from copyright and economic theory to licensing issues for distribution and online business models all spiced up with a little touch of politics, history, and social commentary. Does this sound so sexy that it’s giving you a headache? Then hold on to your hats as a surprise panel reflecting various perspectives of stakeholders in the music industry blows your mind with their expert opinions on how we can all live more happily together in this musical (copyright) world.