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IN MEMORIAM: Bernard Korman

Wednesday, July 17, 2019   (3 Comments)
Posted by: The Copyright Society
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We regret to inform you that former President of the Copyright Society of the USA, Bernard Korman, died on July 14, 2019. He was 93 years old. Bernie, as most people knew him, served as General Counsel of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) from 1974–1993, and as President of the Copyright Society from 1988–1990.

A World War II veteran and graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, he joined ASCAP’s legal team in 1951, then headed by Herman Finkelstein, who Bernie succeeded as General Counsel. Among the many ways Bernard Korman impacted the community of music creators was his intimate involvement (with many others) and leadership in the successful effort to have Congress enact the 1976 Copyright Act, the first general revision of the copyright law since 1909. His most notable legal victory was working with outside counsel on the Supreme Court's 1979 decision in BMI and ASCAP v. CBS, which ultimately cleared ASCAP and BMI of alleged violations of the antitrust laws. After leaving ASCAP, Mr. Korman was in private practice for many years. He is survived by his wife, Anne, and his son, Keith. He will be missed by all who knew and worked with him.

Here is a link to Bernard's New York Times obituary. If any members care to share memories of Bernie, we would welcome them.


Eric Schwartz says...
Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Bernie was a wonderful friend and colleague to know and to work along side. From my first days as a copyright attorney, he mentored me about all things copyright and the music industry. And he made it fun: with great stories and jokes, but always with a sharp and perceptive legal mind. The testament to his impact was the frequency with which other copyright luminaries (Barbara Ringer, Berne Sorkin reached out to Bernie for his input and insight on any and all copyright matters. My sincerest condolences to his wife Anne and the entire family. Eric Schwartz
Marlies Dwyer says...
Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Bernie on the Ned Washington catalog for many years. We had a mutual respect for each other, enjoyed discussing all things copyright and solving problems. As Peter stated he was "one of the finest, most gentlemanly and elegant people". Bernie lived a full life to the end. See you later, Bernie! xo Marlies Dwyer
Peter M. Thall Esq says...
Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2019
One of the finest, most gentlemanly and elegant people I have known. A true mentor to me. An intellectual giant, he served copyright interests with vigor and brilliance with great success. And a dedicated Columbia Lions fan! Very sad to hear. A real loss. Peter Thall

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