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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.

Purple Reign: Lessons Learned from Prince

By Morgan Wisted & Barry Neil Shrum Just over half way through, and already it has been a tough year of losses in the music industry. Glenn Frey, one of the members of my favorite band of all time, the Eagles, kicked off the year early when he passed in January, shortly after [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:38+00:00 July 20th, 2016|Entertainment Industry News, Music Law|Comments Off on Purple Reign: Lessons Learned from Prince

Monkey See, Monkey Do?

by Erin Thiele and Morgan Wisted            NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE.  Casey Dienel is suing Justin Bieber and his producer, Sonny Moore, p/k/a Skrillex, (among other defendants) for copyright infringement involving her song, Ring the Bell, from which she claims the Bieb stole musical riffs for his hit Sorry.  She claims that the [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:38+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, Music Row Nashville|Comments Off on Monkey See, Monkey Do?

Direct Sound has success at NAMM in the Music City Center

A special thanks to my client and friends at Direct Sound Headphones, who made the short trek from their headquarters outside of St. Louis, MO to Nashville to be a part of the show.  Nashville was hosting the  prestigious annual event for National Association of Music Merchandisers for the second year now. In the photo I [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:38+00:00 July 2nd, 2016|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row Nashville|Comments Off on Direct Sound has success at NAMM in the Music City Center

Apple’s Straw Man Marketing Arguments have Deadly Consequences

Apple has spun a very integrate and systematic marketing web in its ill-advised stand against the FBI in the San Bernardino terrorism case. The San Bernardino case is the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the 9/11 attacks. The terrorists were killed and the government needs information on one of their smartphones to discover [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:38+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Internet Law, Litigation, Technology|Comments Off on Apple’s Straw Man Marketing Arguments have Deadly Consequences

Music City Scores Top Ten Hit!!

I can hear the late Casey Kasem’s lead in on Top 40 right now:  “At number 9 this week is a city that is more well known for producing top ten hits from country artists than for reaching the top ten itself:  Coming in one spot above Rome, Nashville is no. 9 on Lonely Planet’s [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:39+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|Music Row Nashville|Comments Off on Music City Scores Top Ten Hit!!

AMFM Entertainment Cuts Electronic Dance Music Deal with Mogul Boys Production

For many years now, I have represented Freddie May in his various endeavors, including his production company Starpath Productions. About 10 years ago, Freddie started working with a young female artist living in rural Kentucky, Anne Marie Riney. Ann Marie had a passion for electronic dance music. Drawing from his experience as a DJ in [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:39+00:00 September 26th, 2015|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on AMFM Entertainment Cuts Electronic Dance Music Deal with Mogul Boys Production

Sammy Mitchell signs with Razor & Tie Music Publishing

We just put the finishing touches on my great client, Sammy Mitchell’s, exclusive co-publishing deal with Jackie Boyz/Razor & Tie Music Publishing joint venture.   The partnership between Jackie Boyz (the Grammy-award winning songwriting/producing team of Battey brothers) and Razor & Tie was formed at the end of 2014 for the purpose of developing fresh new [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:39+00:00 June 30th, 2015|Client Activity, Music Publishing, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Sammy Mitchell signs with Razor & Tie Music Publishing

Lockean Theory of property and its impact on the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and modern day Copyright Law

“[E]very man has a property in his own person. This nobody has any right to but himself. The labour of his body, and the work of his hands, we may say, are properly his….”[1] John Locke - a political and social philosopher of 17th Century Enlightenment England and the father of “Classical Liberalism” - was [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:40+00:00 May 13th, 2015|Copyright Issues, Creative, Entertainment Law, Music Law|Comments Off on Lockean Theory of property and its impact on the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and modern day Copyright Law

Recent Legislative Efforts Bode Well for Songwriters

Since taking over Mary Beth Peters as Register of Copyrights in 2011, Maria Pallante has been listening and responding to the concerns of a number of her constituents, particularly those in the music industry, and it most certainly shows. In the last few months, several pieces of work product have been delivered by the Copyright [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:40+00:00 March 31st, 2015|Music Law, Music Publishing, Nashville, RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on Recent Legislative Efforts Bode Well for Songwriters

In the Thicke of Things: Reprise – THE VERDICT: THEY’VE “GOT TO GIVE IT UP”

My associate, John Inniger, does a nice job of covering the basics of the Thicke/Williams litigation against the estate of Marvin Gaye in this LOR post. But since a jury verdict in favor of the Gaye Estate rendered a $7.1M verdict earlier this month, the social media and blogosphere has been abuzz with commentary pro and con on [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:41+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Copyright Issues, Nashville|Comments Off on In the Thicke of Things: Reprise – THE VERDICT: THEY’VE “GOT TO GIVE IT UP”