Longtime ASCAP General Counsel Bernard Korman Passes Away at Age 93

July 15, 2019


ASCAP would like to note with sorrow the recent passing of Bernard Korman, a longtime ASCAP General Counsel who served with distinction from 1974 to 1993. He was 93 years old. 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 Mr. Korman 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 cleared ASCAP and BMI of antitrust violation. After leaving ASCAP, Mr. Korman was in private practice for many years and was active as a trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA. He is survived by his wife, Anne, and his son, Keith.