Lindy Morrison Defending Musicians Rights

Christopher Sabec gives a presentation on musician, Lindy Morrison, and her powerful speech at the Ted Albert awards. Lindy Morrison is an Australian musician originally from Queensland. She was the drummer in the indie rock group The Go-Betweeners for nearly a decade. Check out the presentation below to see what was discussed during the event.

Christopher Sabec’s Music Career

Christopher Sabec has an extensive career as a music industry entertainment lawyer. He has represented such acts as the Dave Matthews Band, Hanson, and Jerry Garcia.

Common Lies Told About the Music Industry

Christopher Sabec is an entertainment lawyer specializing in the music industry. He has herd many people talk about the music industry, and a lot of it has no basis for truth. Get some great insight into how the music industry actually operates because many ideas about the industry are actually large misconceptions. Here are some common lies told about the music industry.

Inspiring Quotes From Dave Matthews Band

Christopher Sabec provides a collection of some inspiring quotes from his favorites songs by Dave Matthews Band. Christopher discovered DMB many years ago and still enjoys listening to them to this day. Feel free to share any of your favorite quotes as well. Would love to hear your favorite songs and stories!

The 5 Most Frequently Asked Music Copyright Questions

Industry expert Christopher Sabec answers some of the most fundamental but critical questions about music copyright laws. Watch this presentation to develop your knowledge and learn to defend yourself against copyright infringement. Anyone that is looking to make it in the industry should be familiar with these laws and how to properly protect yourself. Enjoy!

Favorite Music Quotes

Christopher Sabec lists some of his favorite music quotes said by some of his favorite musicians. Some of his favorite artists include: Levon Helm, Bob Marley, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, and more! Get inspired from some of these quotes and go listen too some of their great songs.

Music and Politics Meet at the White House

Christopher Sabec Grateful Dead PoliticsWhile still at Law School, Christopher received a message from one of his former tutoring students who worked at the White House, Dylan Glen. The message stated to call the White House, as George Bush Sr. needed to get in contact with the Grateful Dead. Christopher hadn’t had the slightest idea of how he’d do this, but since it came from the White House, he made it a priority. George Bush Sr. wanted to invite the Dead over to the White House to discuss environmental issues that their fans faced along with a potential public service announcement of the issue of their choice.

Apparently it was fairly easy to get in contact with the Grateful Dead when you tell them that the White House wants to speak with them. Christopher then went on to set up a meeting with the Grateful Dead and the President of the United States, George Bush Sr. The Dead eventually met with the President and his board of environmental advisors to discuss the issues that were of concern to the band and their loyal followers. The band was impressed by the administrations willingness do promote a pro-environment campaign. There were multiple other meetings after this, and significant amendments to the administration’s environmental policy were made.

Christopher was the catalyst to these environmental policy changes, including changes to the Endangered Species Act and logging policies. After the first meeting, the Grateful Dead’s confidant, John Barlow, showed his appreciation for Christopher and asked if he’d like to hang out with the Dead and join them at their concert that night. Christopher stayed friendly with the band ever since.

Christopher Goes to Law School

Christopher Sabec University of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia was renowned for their program in international law. Dean Rusk, Secretary of State under President Johnson, had built a research center there. It seemed like a great fit for Christopher. After visiting the campus to help Christopher with the decision, he met with the Dead and he offered Christopher a partial tuition scholarship if he would attend. Christopher had already fallen in love with Athens and its thriving music scene. The decision was easy after his visit and he gave notice to the Tax Court that he would start law school in the fall.
Law school began under very difficult circumstances for Christopher. On August 2, 1989, when he was 24 years old, he broke his neck in an auto accident. While sitting at the stop light in his hometown, he was struck from behind by a driver who had lost control of his can. He had suffered a fracture of his C1 and C2 vertebras and there was no choice but to operate. Christopher underwent eight hours of surgery and spent the next three weeks in the hospital. During his recuperation, he struggled with whether to delay law school until the following year, but after a lot of internal debate and with the help of a very supportive family and welcoming student body, Christopher began his first year of law school a couple of days late and with some serious rehabilitation ahead. To say his first year was intense would be an understatement. It was grueling, both physically (due to the surgery) and mentally (due to the workload).
During Christopher’s winder break, he started to consider his options for the summer. Setting a long-term goal of working as an international attorney in either the State Department or on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he began to explore internship opportunities in Washington for the summer. He was pleasantly surprised when he found a directory of all the programs available in Washington for law students. As he had hoped, there were programs at the State Department and the Senate, so he mailed letters and resumes to both. As an afterthought, Christopher decided to send in one more package-a long shot application to The Office of the Counsel to the President at the White House. It was less an exercise in why, then one in why not; after all, he had nothing to lose.

Post-College and Omegasearch

Christopher-Sabec-after-collegeEventually, Christopher’s four years at Georgetown came to an end. He knew he wanted to go to law school, but he thought it best to take a couple years off. The experiences with the high school movie nights and the Princeton Review inspired him to look for another entrepreneurial outlet. The opportunity presented itself just after graduation. A real estate attorney who worked closely with Christopher’s mother asked him to research the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Within a few weeks, Christopher presented the attorney with everything he needed to know about the requirements of the Act and his resulting responsibilities. When Christopher was finished, the real estate attorney asked him if her would be willing to do the compliance work in return for a fee per transaction. Christopher agreed and, as a result, founded Omegasearch, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the magnetic media processing of IRS data. By the following summer, Omegasearch was servicing fifty-five clients in five states. When one of their clients made an offer to buy the company from Christopher’s parents and himself, they accepted. They had successfully built and sold a company and Christopher had been introduced into the world of business.

Soon thereafter, Christopher began the process of applying to law school. On one of his visits to the career planning office at Georgetown, he stumbled upon a memo from the U.S. Tax Court, a forum for taxpayers to settle their differences with the IRS. They were looking for a traveling trial clerk to administer trials throughout the U.S. Christopher took the job and spent the next year traveling the country conducting trials for the Tax Court. He spent his free time that year exploring his changing cityscapes and applying to law school.

Christopher Sabec’s Passion for Music

Christopher Sabec RightscorpBy senior year at Georgetown, Christopher Sabec had risen through the Student Judiciary to become Director. The Director served as the final arbiter of disciplinary decisions for the University Administration. The Director’s power to veto administrative decisions was a holdover from the student protests during the Vietnam War. It was one of the demands granted to the students during the May Day demonstrations of 1972. The position was for the most part low-key and off the radar throughout his four years at Georgetown, but in his last semester he became embroiled in a controversy between the student body and the administration. A series of protests over Georgetown’s investments in South Africa had led to the construction of a shantytown on the front lawn of the school, occupied by approximately 120 student squatters. After a week of requests for the students to vacate the area went unheeded, the University ordered the students arrested for trespassing and suspended each of them for a semester. As Director of the Student Judiciary, all the suspensions came before Christopher for review and possible reversal. The pressure from the opposing sides was intense, with the administration being particularly irritated when they realized that Christopher was weighing his opinions rather than rubber-stamping their decision. In the end, Christopher reversed all but two of the suspensions to the cheers of the students and the chagrin of the administration. The victory was bittersweet, however, as the incident was painted as revealing a flaw in the structure of the Student Judiciary and it was reorganized to eliminate the veto power over disciplinary decisions the following year.

Throughout Christopher’s experience at Georgetown, music continued to be an integral part of his personal life. He discovered folk-influenced music of the late 60s and early 70s, listening to Bob Dylan, CSN, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and other singer/songwriters. As for concerts, Christopher kept expanding his life experiences. Between 1984 and 1987 he saw Talking Heads, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, James Taylor, Stephen Stills, and CSN among others.

One of the ways Christopher’s interest in music began to manifest itself into his academic and professional life was a growing fascination with the political and student activism during the late 60s. Due in part to the people he met while working for Senator Hart, as well as the growing opposition at Georgetown to the US involvement in Central America at the time, Christopher was drawn to that period in his political studies. He enjoyed trying to place the music he was listening to into its historical context.