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Expert Witness Fund established to defend against RIAA Lawsuits

The Recording Industry v. the People, an anti-RIAA blog operat ed by New York attorney, Ray Beckerman, is cooperating with the Boston-based non-profit, The Free Software Foundation, to establish "a fund to help provide computer expert witnesses to combat RIAA's ongoing lawsuits, and to defend against the RIAA's attempt to redefine copyright law." The Free [...]

By | 2007-12-04T10:40:11+00:00 December 4th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Music Law|Comments Off on Expert Witness Fund established to defend against RIAA Lawsuits

The Magic Bubble Bursts: Did the Record Labels make their own grave?

For almost a decade now, the major labels (at the beginning there were five of them, now only four, EMI, Sony BMG, Vivendi Universal and Warner) have declared that illegal downloading is ravaging their business by destroying the sales of physical product.  One may question this declaration, however, in few of the fact that ever [...]

By | 2007-12-03T17:12:24+00:00 December 3rd, 2007|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Life on the Row, Music Law, RIAA|Comments Off on The Magic Bubble Bursts: Did the Record Labels make their own grave?

Music Publishing 101, Part 4: Show me the money!

Section 106 of the Copyright Act gives the owner of a copyright a bundle of rights which includes the rights to 1) reproduce the work, 2) prepare derivative works, 3) distribute copies of the works, 4) publicly perform the work and 5) publicly display the work.  All of the music publisher's income flows from this [...]

By | 2015-03-21T22:02:09+00:00 November 29th, 2007|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on Music Publishing 101, Part 4: Show me the money!

Taming the “Big Bad Record Company”

What songwriters can do to improve their negotiating strength in an entertainment deal A very common theme among my songwriter and artist clients is the subject of how they were "ripped off" by their record label and/or music publisher (for purposes of this general publication, I'll refrain from using the actual, more vivid terms often [...]

By | 2015-03-21T22:26:58+00:00 March 21st, 2001|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on Taming the “Big Bad Record Company”