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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 | 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 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 | July 20th, 2016|Entertainment Industry News, Music Law|Comments Off on Purple Reign: Lessons Learned from Prince

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 | 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 | March 31st, 2015|Music Law, Music Publishing, Nashville, RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on Recent Legislative Efforts Bode Well for Songwriters

Considering a new U.S. copyright act

Is it time for Congress to draft a replacement for the 1976 Copyright Law? In point of fact, the law was drafted almost half a decade ago now and its last major amendment came in 1998 with the addition of the DMCA. Many argue that the advent of digital technology, driven of course by the [...]

By | December 11th, 2014|Copyright Issues, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Technology|Comments Off on Considering a new U.S. copyright act

Save the Music America to air PSA’s on CMT and GAC

In 2009 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) estimated 95% of all digitally downloaded music was obtained illegally. This leaves only 5% of potential revenue to be distributed between all those who play a part in today’s music culture, including the most affected group, songwriters and music publishers. While some opponents dispute that number, [...]

By | July 30th, 2012|Client Activity, Digital Downloads, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News|Comments Off on Save the Music America to air PSA’s on CMT and GAC

Logan Brill signs publishing deal with Carnival Music

We recently wrapped up the exclusive songwriting agreement between my client, Logan Brill and Carnival Music.  Logan and her family are from the Knoxville area.  She moved here to pursue a music degree at Belmont University, but ended up with a major in French and a minor in vocal performance.  Logan is writing with other [...]

By | July 14th, 2012|Client Activity, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Logan Brill signs publishing deal with Carnival Music

Solutions for the Orphaned Works of Copyright: Google Books Decision Highlights Need for Action

The recent decision presented by the honorable Judge Chin on the matter of copyright infringement in the case The Authors Guild v. Google Inc. raised numerous issues in the arena of Intellectual Property. In addition to opposing the “opt-out” stipulation written into the settlement, Judge Chin also contested the way Google Inc. approached and viewed [...]

By | March 29th, 2011|Entertainment Law, Music Law, RIAA|Comments Off on Solutions for the Orphaned Works of Copyright: Google Books Decision Highlights Need for Action

The Magical Ring of Gyges: Why Illegal Downloading is So Rampant in the Age of Cyberspace

NBC Universal recently hired a company called Envisional to study counterfeiting activity over the Internet. The results of this study – despite the fact that it is industry funded – are literally astonishing: 24% of all global Internet traffic involves digital theft!  Stated another way, one in every four people surfing the Internet are stealing [...]

By | February 28th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Featured, Music Law, RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on The Magical Ring of Gyges: Why Illegal Downloading is So Rampant in the Age of Cyberspace

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 | 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