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“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”

HR 848 passes committee

Rep. John Conyers, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee brought the Performance Rights Act (HR 848) up for markup this morning.  HR 848 created no small amount of disagreement among radio broadcasters, minority broadcasters, trade unions and civil rights groups.  However, a group  of minority artists, including Duke Fakir of the Four Tops, Dionne Farris [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:12+00:00 May 13th, 2009|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on HR 848 passes committee

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

Judiciary Committee holds hearings on HR 848, the “Performance Rights Act”

The House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on H.R. 848 (this year’s version of HR 4789) tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.  Although the Committee’s website does not identify any witnesses at this time, I am informed by musicFIRST that Smashing Pumpkins’ founder Billy Corgan and Mitch Bainwol, chairman and CEO of the RIAA will be [...]

By | 2009-03-09T12:54:21+00:00 March 9th, 2009|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Judiciary Committee holds hearings on HR 848, the “Performance Rights Act”

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

musicFIRST defends rights of artists

By Jennifer Bendall, Executive Director of musicFIRST Did you know that every time you hear your favorite artist’s hit songs over the airwaves he or she doesn’t receive a single penny from the radio stations broadcasting the song? Sounds crazy, right? While AM and FM music broadcasters rightly pay the writers of these songs, they [...]

By | 2009-02-05T16:55:53+00:00 February 5th, 2009|Entertainment Industry News, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on musicFIRST defends rights of artists

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By | 2009-01-27T13:00:33+00:00 January 27th, 2009|Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on My Avvo rating

Thomas verdict vacated; new trial ordered

The trial in Capital v. Thomas was one of the first stories I began tracking over a year ago.  See Jury Awards RIAA $222,000 against Thomas:  My Thoughts on the Verdict and Jammie Thomas to appeal verdict in RIAA Litigation.   Now, in a decision issued on September 24, 2008 - only eight days shy of [...]

By | 2008-09-29T13:04:47+00:00 September 29th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Music Law, Music Publishing|Comments Off on Thomas verdict vacated; new trial ordered

Sugarland Lawsuit filed in Georgia illustrates need for prior provisions among band members

On August 7th, a lawsuit was filed by Kristen Alison Hall, former member of the country band, Sugarland, against the remaining original members of the band, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush.   A copy of the complaint can be viewed here. Essentially, the lawsuit alleges that Nettles and Bush breached a partnership agreement between the three [...]

By | 2008-08-15T10:20:25+00:00 August 15th, 2008|Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on Sugarland Lawsuit filed in Georgia illustrates need for prior provisions among band members

Second Circuit gets it wrong in Cartoon Network v. Cablevision

On August 4, 2008, the Second Circuit court of appeals overturned a lower courts opinion that Cablevision's Remote Storage” Digital Video Recorder ("RS-DVR") system violated the Copyright Act by infringing plaintiffs’ exclusive rights of reproduction and public performance.  The full 44-page opinion is available at Cartoon Network, LLP, et al. v. Cablevision.  In my humble yet [...]

By | 2008-08-05T15:09:23+00:00 August 5th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Music Law|Comments Off on Second Circuit gets it wrong in Cartoon Network v. Cablevision