Instructor, Paralegal & Business Prgms
School of Business
Faculty of Business and Professional Studies

604.986.1911 ext. 2151
Fir Building, room FR550b


Juris Doctor, University of British Columbia, 1987.

""In the entertainment industry, you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate – and everything can be negotiated.""


Jeff Young (Juris Doctor, University of British Columbia, 1987) is an entertainment lawyer and trademark agent qualified in British Columbia and California. He is also a law and business instructor at Capilano University and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Victoria.

Young has also taught film and new media law at the University of British Columbia and in the Faculty of Business, School of New Media at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and was the founding head of the VFS Entertainment Business Management Diploma Program.

Young has negotiated with major international media corporations and acted for and advised award-winning recording artists, music publishers, sports franchises, film and television performers and film companies.

From 2008 to 2010, Young was a legal consultant to the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and from 2011 to 2013, he was the Director of Contracts and Chief Negotiator for the Union of BC Performers. He has appeared in both the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Aside from law, Young is a music composer, producer, and supervisor with composer credits on three feature-length films and a producer credit with a current music artist signed with a major label. He also volunteers as a Black Rock Ranger with the Burning Man organization.

I have practiced law in Canada and the USA for over 35 years, with most of those years focusing on entertainment and media law.

I have a particular interest in studying and teaching about legal cases concerning music copyright infringement. This likely comes from the fact that in additional to my law practice, I am also a professional film music composer and producer.

Young, Jeff. "Blurring the lines of music infringement law", Canadian Lawyer, March 2015.