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Warner Music Group’s Quarterly Report Signals Future Trends

By Nathan Drake & Barry Neil Shrum Warner Music Group's ("WMG") year-end financial reports for 2010 came as little surprise when you take into account two factors:  (1) the general economic downturn in the U.S. and (2) the continued piracy in the global music industry.  See the report on WMG’s website here.  WMG has been [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:08+00:00 February 21st, 2011|Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Row News, RIAA|Comments Off on Warner Music Group’s Quarterly Report Signals Future Trends

Nashville-based Identical Entertainment Finds Uncommon Success With Diverse Team of Writers and Artists

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 1, 2011)  Thanks to a uniquely talented roster of writers and artists, Nashville-based publishing and artist development firm Identical Entertainment is making quite a name for itself in the music and entertainment industry. Founded in 2008 by twin sisters Kathy Aberson and Sheila Bauer, the multi-faceted enterprise has benefited in recent [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:09+00:00 February 4th, 2011|Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Nashville-based Identical Entertainment Finds Uncommon Success With Diverse Team of Writers and Artists

The Limewire Ruling: New King of the Hill for Illegal Downloading Decisions

The U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled against LimeWire and its parent company, Lime Group, finding them liable for inducement of copyright infringement based on the use of their service by subscribers. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood issued the 59-page decision Wednesday, siding with the 13 record companies that [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:10+00:00 May 13th, 2010|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Featured, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Row News, RIAA, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on The Limewire Ruling: New King of the Hill for Illegal Downloading Decisions

“Not Accepting Unsolicited Material”

What songwriters can do to protect their ideas when submitting demo tapes to publishers Every songwriter has heard the words "sorry, we’re not accepting unsolicited material" from at least a dozen publishers. In fact, in a recent informal survey conducted by Law On the Row, two-thirds of the thirty publishing companies contacted indicated that they [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:10+00:00 September 9th, 2009|Entertainment Law, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on “Not Accepting Unsolicited Material”

Politico’s interview with Corgan following his testimony before Judiciary Committee on HR 848

Link to Politico Interview As a follow up to my previous post on the subject, the radio widget above should play Politico’s interview with Smashing Pumpkin’s founder and frontman Billy Corgan following his testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee in support of HR 848, the Performance Rights Act. Corgan testified on Capitol Hill [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:12+00:00 March 11th, 2009|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News|Comments Off on Politico’s interview with Corgan following his testimony before Judiciary Committee on HR 848

Music Row gears up for CRS

When big events like the Country Radio Seminar occur, Music Row begins to buzz with various activities and talk about the celebrities.  The Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas in the country music industry.  This year marks the event’s 40th anniversary and it promises to [...]

By | 2009-03-03T09:28:41+00:00 March 3rd, 2009|Client Activity, Entertainment Law, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Music Row gears up for CRS

Nothing left to lose – the ongoing war on copyrights

Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster once penned one of my favorite lyrics in the song Me and Bobby McGee, i.e., “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”  The sentiment is perhaps appropriate for the ongoing war that is being waged against copyright laws as we know them.  The latest battle in this war [...]

By | 2009-02-09T12:57:03+00:00 February 9th, 2009|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on Nothing left to lose – the ongoing war on copyrights

Barbara Mandrell and Kix Brooks slated for CRS-40 Panel

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® has announced the CRS-40 "Life Of A Legend" panel will feature an interview session of country music legend Barbara Mandrell by host Kix Brooks. The "Life Of A Legend" panel, sponsored by ABC Radio Networks, takes place Friday, March 6, 2009 at 4:10 p.m.  This panel is the climax of the [...]

By | 2009-01-13T15:07:01+00:00 January 13th, 2009|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Barbara Mandrell and Kix Brooks slated for CRS-40 Panel

Local 257 elects Pomeroy to replace Bradley

OUT WITH THE OLD After over 18 years of service to the organization, Harold Bradley is no longer president of Nashville’s Local 257 chapter of the American Federation of Musicians.  Dave Pomeroy was elected president last week by a vote of 675 to 449.  Out of it’s 2620 members, 1165 votes were cast in this [...]

By | 2008-12-16T11:24:56+00:00 December 16th, 2008|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Local 257 elects Pomeroy to replace Bradley

Last Man Standing – collaborating with other songwriters

See Jane. See Jane write lyrics. See Dick. See Dick write melodies. See Dick meet Jane. See Dick and Jane combine their efforts and collaborate together to write a song. This is one frequent story among Nashville's songwriting community.  On any given afternoon in Nashville, there will be innumerable co-writing sessions occurring at any given [...]

By | 2015-03-21T22:26:14+00:00 November 2nd, 2007|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Law, RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on Last Man Standing – collaborating with other songwriters