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About Barry Neil Shrum, Esq.

Barry Neil Shrum, Esq. is an entertainment lawyer in Nashville Tennessee with over 20 years experience. One of Nashville's premier entertainment, intellectual property , technology and entrepreneur attorney and lawyer.

Siri-ously Apple? Sad News for Applebots Everywhere.

Let me preface this post by stating unequivocally that I own both the original iPhone 4 and the iPad2, and I recently purchased both a Macbook Pro and Air for my son and wife respectively, so I am not by all counts an anti-Appleit, although I still use an Intel-based desktop machine at work, where [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:02+00:00 October 5th, 2011|RIAA, Technology|Comments Off on Siri-ously Apple? Sad News for Applebots Everywhere.

Mista Freezy & Lance collaborate on “Long Hair”– Song climbs to #44 on charts in one day

A successful R&B/hip hop collaboration comes along very rarely, one such as I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By by Method Man & Mary J. Blige.  But come along it has.  My friend and client, Lance, has teamed up with Mista Freezy to produce what is sure to be a classic.  [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:03+00:00 July 26th, 2011|Client Activity, RIAA|Comments Off on Mista Freezy & Lance collaborate on “Long Hair”– Song climbs to #44 on charts in one day

Producing Music: Its History and the Process

By guest student writer, John Freund Music production is simply not what it used to be. Behind every great record is great production, but just what that production entails continues to grow more complex with new technology and a changing music industry. During its humble beginnings in the mid-20th century, production was extremely simple, quick, [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:03+00:00 June 23rd, 2011|RIAA|Comments Off on Producing Music: Its History and the Process

Real Civil War Music website goes live – Divided by War, United by Song

We have been working with our partner, Steve Tveit at OS Productions to release a selection of twelve authentic recordings of musical compositions from the Civil War era, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the war.   The songs were produced by Davis Francis and Steve, and were recorded at OMNIsound studio using authentic period [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:03+00:00 June 15th, 2011|Client Activity|Comments Off on Real Civil War Music website goes live – Divided by War, United by Song

The Importance of Music in Film Licensing

  By guest author Mallory Trice In 1926, the Warner Bros. studio in Hollywood introduced sound to film for the very first time causing a wave throughout Hollywood and around the globe as other major studios began the switch to "talkies" (pictures with sound). [1] The world of film and sound had become one, and [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:03+00:00 May 16th, 2011|RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on The Importance of Music in Film Licensing

Will the real Sarah Palin please standup?: Interplay between Right of Publicity and Trademark

OR, What's in a Name? Personal Names as Trade Names REMIXED. By Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire (with Ashley Trout) "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." You may know this quote from William Shakespeare’s classic play Romeo and Juliet or from the more "pop-culture" reference by Anne Hathaway [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:04+00:00 April 29th, 2011|Entertainment Law, RIAA, Trademark Issues|Comments Off on Will the real Sarah Palin please standup?: Interplay between Right of Publicity and Trademark

YouTube Uses Happy Tree Friends to Educate on Copyright

By Rachel Galloway IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The views expressed in this article are solely those of Ms. Galloway and may not necessarily reflect the views of Law on the Row or Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire. The last time I watched a Happy Tree Friends video was when I was around 13 years old in the company [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:04+00:00 April 28th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, RIAA|Comments Off on YouTube Uses Happy Tree Friends to Educate on Copyright

Lance–Reviews of his new album, “What you Make it.”

My new client, Lance, releases his new album, What you Make It on April 20th.  Backed up by the Peterson family, Lance joined forces with Berklee College of Music graduate, Randall S. Peterson, who produced this collection; another Berklee grad, Paul Meyer, did the mastering. The finished product is being met with stellar reviews.  This praise [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:04+00:00 April 13th, 2011|Client Activity, Music Row News, RIAA|Comments Off on Lance–Reviews of his new album, “What you Make it.”

Solutions for the Orphaned Works of Copyright: Google Books Decision Highlights Need for Action

The recent decision presented by the honorable Judge Chin on the matter of copyright infringement in the case The Authors Guild v. Google Inc. raised numerous issues in the arena of Intellectual Property. In addition to opposing the “opt-out” stipulation written into the settlement, Judge Chin also contested the way Google Inc. approached and viewed [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:04+00:00 March 29th, 2011|Entertainment Law, Music Law, RIAA|Comments Off on Solutions for the Orphaned Works of Copyright: Google Books Decision Highlights Need for Action

Judge Chin rejects settlement agreement in Authors Guild v. Google

Under Rule 23(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a settlement of a class action requires approval of the court. Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(e). The court may approve a settlement that is binding on the class only if it determines that the settlement is "fair, adequate, and reasonable, and not a product of [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:05+00:00 March 25th, 2011|Copyright Issues, RIAA|Comments Off on Judge Chin rejects settlement agreement in Authors Guild v. Google