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The Plight of the Staving 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 | 2017-08-02T17:53:08+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Client Activity, Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Litigation, Music Industry, Music Publishing|Comments Off on The Plight of the Staving 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+00:00 July 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+00:00 July 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+00:00 August 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”

Sorting out the DOJ Ruling and its impact on performance rights

The first of the month (August 2016), the Department of Justice issued a summary of findings with regard to two court orders that govern the operation of two of the U.S. performing rights organizations (the “PRO’s”), ASCAP and BMI.  If it stands, the decision will also affect the third PRO, SESAC.Songwriters and music publishers around [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:37+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Client Activity, Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville, Songwriting|Comments Off on Sorting out the DOJ Ruling and its impact on performance rights

Purple Reign: Lessons We Learned From Prince – Part 2

In our first episode of Purple Reign, we saw that even though Prince was known as a “control freak” when it came to many things, he may have let a few things slip, such as the non-existence of a valid will. Notwithstanding that incredibly inconvenient post-mortem faux paux, Prince was in fact obsessively compulsive when [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:37+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Purple Reign: Lessons We Learned From Prince – Part 2

The Cat’s in the Cradle: The adventures of child sensation Maddie Ziegler

By Erin Thiele and Barry Neil Shrum, Esq. From the reality television show, Dance Moms to best-selling Sia album covers (including Chandelier, Elastic Heart, Big Girls Cry and Cheap Thrills), Capezio commercials, to featured judging on So You Think You Can Dance, 13-year old dancer Maddie Ziegler is the hottest teen sensation right now, and [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:37+00:00 July 24th, 2016|Dance, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law|Comments Off on The Cat’s in the Cradle: The adventures of child sensation Maddie Ziegler

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