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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.

NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2018 INDUCTEES

Yesterday I had the honor of attending the announcement of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame's 2018 inductees, Ronnie Dunn, K.T. Oslin, Byron Hill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Joe Melson.  I am so honored to serve as general counsel for this outstanding organization and serve with president Pat Alger, executive director Mark Ford, and all of [...]

By |2018-08-13T10:56:59+00:00August 8th, 2018|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville, Songwriting|Comments Off on NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2018 INDUCTEES

Arman Asadsangabi and his band Oddnote make Waves around Nashville

For several years now, Sony/ATV has partnered with Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University, where I adjunct, to sponsor a songwriting contest called the Sony/ATV All-Access Program.  Students submit two songs and these are reviewed by Sony/ATV’s creative team.  The winners have the opportunity to perform their songs live [...]

By |2018-01-29T16:43:22+00:00January 29th, 2018|Client Activity, Music Industry, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Arman Asadsangabi and his band Oddnote make Waves around Nashville

Barry Neil Shrum named general counsel for Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame

Shrum & Associates’ very own namesake, Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire, was recently appointed to serve as general counsel for the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and to serve as a non-voting member of its Board of Directors.  The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving [...]

By |2018-01-25T17:41:37+00:00January 25th, 2018|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville, Songwriting|Comments Off on Barry Neil Shrum named general counsel for Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame

Intellectual Property Law: Is it relevant in today’s high speed digital age?

Editors Note:  Today we begin an intriguing series of articles regarding the relevance of intellectual property concepts in an age in which the likes of John Perry Barlow, founder of the EFF, have declared that because everything can be reduced to digital existence, the need to protect creations of the mind is irrelevant.  We [...]

By |2017-11-16T15:54:13+00:00November 16th, 2017|Copyright Issues|Comments Off on Intellectual Property Law: Is it relevant in today’s high speed digital age?

Entertainment Attorney Shrum interviewed for “Inside Music City” podcast

Our founding partner, Barry Neil Shrum, was recently interviewed for Episode #12 of Inside Music City podcast, which is available on iTunes, Stitcher and Tunein.  The one-hour episode delves into Mr. Shrum's reasons for becoming an intellectual property counselor and overall guru, as well as various tidbits of advice for the upcoming songwriter, artist [...]

By |2017-10-02T16:23:45+00:00October 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Entertainment Attorney Shrum interviewed for “Inside Music City” podcast

Backed into a corner, Spotify hints at major copyright battle

  By Lucas Evans* Back in mid-July, when streaming giant Spotify was slammed with two new major lawsuits totaling a whopping $366 million, we all tho ught they would try and settle. But the dispute, instead of heading towards an end, seems to be ramping up. The July complaints, filed by Nashville music publisher [...]

By |2017-09-28T11:06:47+00:00September 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Backed into a corner, Spotify hints at major copyright battle

The Plight of the Starving Artist – the CLASSICS Act may provide some relief.

The plight of the “starving artist” is timeless and history is replete with stories of songwriters and artist being exploited for their intellectual contributions. In the mid 1800’s, when Stephen Foster wrote The Suwannee River, Oh! Susanna, Camptown Races, Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, and Old Kentucky Home, the 1790 Copyright Act only [...]

By |2018-08-13T10:50:30+00:00August 2nd, 2017|Client Activity, Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Litigation, Music Industry, Music Publishing|Comments Off on The Plight of the Starving Artist – the CLASSICS Act may provide some relief.

A moment in Nitta Yuma in homage to Bo Carter

About 130 miles or so south of Memphis, Tennessee on Route 61 is what we used to call a “wide spot in the road” named Nitta Yuma, Mississippi. There is a small building with one rusty gasoline pump and a tire changing machine, surrounded by a chapel and a few other small buildings which [...]

By |2017-08-01T16:41:55+00:00July 31st, 2017|Client Activity|Comments Off on A moment in Nitta Yuma in homage to Bo Carter

Secret Blend of 11 Herbs: Three Things to Know about the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Acts

By Drew Harris How delicious are those 11 “secret herbs and spices” assembled by Harland Sanders in 1930 for his popular “Kentucky Fried Chicken” sold at his local service station? It was so “finger lickin’ good” popular that the Governor Ruby Laffoon proclaimed him a “Colonel” and he started franchising his chicken business. But rather [...]

By |2017-07-20T11:04:36+00:00July 18th, 2017|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Trademark Issues, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Secret Blend of 11 Herbs: Three Things to Know about the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Acts

Lessons Learned: Ghostwriter Tony Schwartz disparages Trump and his book “The Art of the Deal”

  By Erin Thiele and Barry Neil Shrum, Esq. In the mid-1980s, Donald Trump approached Tony Schwartz to ghost write his autobiography.  At this point in time, Trump was in his early 30s and did not have a great deal of life experiences about which to write a personal biography.  So, according to Schwartz, he [...]

By |2017-07-20T11:04:36+00:00August 18th, 2016|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on Lessons Learned: Ghostwriter Tony Schwartz disparages Trump and his book “The Art of the Deal”