You Say You Want A REVOLUTION?

      You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world . . .   You say you've got a real solution Well, you know We'd all love to see the plan You ask me for a contribution Well, you know We are doing what we can [...]

By |2008-04-02T09:43:18-05:00April 2nd, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Music Law|Comments Off on You Say You Want A REVOLUTION?

Nashville Mayor Announces “Country Radio Week”

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 3, 2008 "Country Radio Week."  The mayor will present the official proclamation to Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.'s Executive Director Ed Salamon and President Becky Brenner when he officially welcomes attendees to the 39th Country Radio Seminar (CRS-39) on March 5th. The mayoral proclamation [...]

By |2008-02-25T10:57:30-06:00February 25th, 2008|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Nashville Mayor Announces “Country Radio Week”

Copyright Royalty Board begins critical hearings

On Monday, January 28th, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) began what will be four weeks of hearings.  The CRB will hear testimony from interested parties on both sides of issues which will ultimately determine the statutory mechanical rates for songwriters and music publishers. The CRB sets these rates periodically, but these particular hearings are more [...]

By |2008-01-29T07:15:28-06:00January 29th, 2008|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Music Publishing|Comments Off on Copyright Royalty Board begins critical hearings

Don’t Mess around with Jim!

You don't tug on Superman's cape, You don't spit into the wind You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger And you don't mess around with Jim These lyrics from Jim Croce's classic pop song You Don't Mess Around with Jim have evolved into pop culture expressions used by people the world over.  [...]

By |2007-12-27T14:31:33-06:00December 27th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Music Law, Music Publishing|Comments Off on Don’t Mess around with Jim!

Music Publishing 101, Part 3: Pieces of the Publishing Pie

Once a music publisher begins to receive income from the exploitation of the copyrights it has acquired, it must begin to distribute the income to the appropriate writers.  Understanding the basic principles of copyright ownership and royalty splits is fundamental to performing the task of distribution of income.  One device that is often used to [...]

By |2015-03-21T21:57:15-05:00November 28th, 2007|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on Music Publishing 101, Part 3: Pieces of the Publishing Pie

Music Publishing 101, Part 2: Forming a publishing company

From a legal perspective, the formation of a music publishing company is, in most respects, very similar the formation of any other type of company, except that the documentation is tailored specifically for the business of music publishing.  The first step in the formation of any business, including a music publishing company, is to determine [...]

By |2015-03-21T21:55:18-05:00November 27th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on Music Publishing 101, Part 2: Forming a publishing company

Music Publishing 101, Part 1: A brief history

This blog series will explore music publishing, giving a little bit of history and outlining the basic steps necessary to form a music  publishing company.  Part 1 looks at a brief history and background of music publishing. Modern music publishing in the United States can trace its roots to "Tin Pan Alley," the name given [...]

By |2015-03-21T21:47:40-05:00November 26th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Publishing, Music Row News, Songwriting|Comments Off on Music Publishing 101, Part 1: A brief history

Return fire by the music industry – artists to testify before Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a high-profile hearing  today on the subject of imposing additional performance royalties on so-called "over-the-air" or "terrestrial" radio stations (I'll just call them OTA's in this article).  Investigative hearings such as these are usually precursors to legislation being introduced on the subject.  Grammy winner, Lyle Lovett and Chicago-based singer-songwriter [...]

By |2007-11-13T14:27:32-06:00November 13th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law, Music Law|Comments Off on Return fire by the music industry – artists to testify before Senate

The long tail wags the dog! An independent artist succeeds using the Internet

I have often advised my clients in the past that the new direction for independent artists is what I refer to as "guerilla" marketing, meaning finding alternative means of marketing your product.  One of the most explosive methods of doing that over the past few years has been the Internet.  One of the problems with [...]

By |2007-11-07T15:43:57-06:00November 7th, 2007|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on The long tail wags the dog! An independent artist succeeds using the Internet

New concurrent resolution, H.Con.Res. 244 introduced to combat performance fees for record labels

For years now, a huge battle has been brewing between proponents of performance royalties for the owners of sound recording copyrights to be paid by terrestrial radio stations (those broadcasting through the air) and it has been gathering steam in the last several months. The battle is being waged between the giants of industry,  the [...]

By |2007-11-05T11:29:55-06:00November 5th, 2007|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on New concurrent resolution, H.Con.Res. 244 introduced to combat performance fees for record labels