What does the late music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member David Bowie have to do with the concept of intellectual property? Back in the late 1990s, David Bowie's recording and distribution deal was about to expire, and his business manager was looking for new finance options to help buy out Bowie's former business manager and to raise a significant amount of money before Bowie returned to live in the United Kingdom. During a meeting between Bowie, his manager, and investment banker David Pullman, the concept of Bowie Bonds was realized. Bowie was able to sell $55 million in bonds backed by future music royalty payments and copyrights. Nicole Chu's excellent article Bowie Bonds: A Key to Unlocking the Wealth of Intellectual Property, available in HeinOnline, provides an excellent explanation of Bowie Bonds, as well as valuable information about securitization, related legal concerns, and more.
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David Bowie's legacy will certainly live through all who have experienced the joy of listening to his music. He will be greatly missed, as the world has lost a versatile and unique talent.
"I suppose for me as an artist it wasn't always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture that I was living in. It just seemed like a challenge to move it a little bit towards the way I thought it might be interesting to go." ~David Bowie