Dr. Geoffrey Hull
Geoffrey Hull is a professor emeritus in the Recording Industry department at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author of The Recording Industry, Second Edition, (2004) published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis. Geoff received his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School (1971), an M.B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University (1981) and a B.S. in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech (1968). He taught in Georgia State University's Commercial Music/Recording program for three years before coming to M.T.S.U. as the first full-time faculty member in the Recording Industry program in 1977. He served as chair of the department from 1988-1990. He teaches primarily law courses including copyright law, legal problems of the recording industry and media law, but has also taught a number of music business courses including music publishing, marketing recordings, record store operations and concert promotion. In the Mass Communication graduate program Geoff taught courses in Media Law and Ethics and Media Management. He was recognized as "Outstanding Teacher" by M.T.S.U. in 1981 and has been nominated for the award on three other occasions.
Geoff is a licensed attorney in the state of Tennessee. His practice interests are copyright and entertainment law. His research interests are in copyright law, entertainment law, First Amendment law and recording industry economics. Geoff is listed in Who’s Who in American Law. A recent article, “Termination Rights and the Real Songwriters” appeared in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment Law & Practice. He is a contributing author for the Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications, Great American Judges and The Encyclopedia of First Amendment Law. He is a member of the Copyright Society of the South. In addition to his teaching and law experience, Geoff played in rock bands and as a solo entertainer from 1965 – 1974. He built and ran a small recording studio in Atlanta in the early 1970’s and continues to write songs. He was a news editor, announcer and later news director for WYZE-AM (an all-news station in Atlanta) 1972-1975.
Geoff and his wife Patty enjoy canoeing, hiking and rock climbing. They have two grown sons, Gordon and Paul and three grandchildren, Cody, Ilan and Amia.