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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 | 2017-07-20T11:04:37+00:00 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

Sammy Mitchell signs with Razor & Tie Music Publishing

We just put the finishing touches on my great client, Sammy Mitchell’s, exclusive co-publishing deal with Jackie Boyz/Razor & Tie Music Publishing joint venture.   The partnership between Jackie Boyz (the Grammy-award winning songwriting/producing team of Battey brothers) and Razor & Tie was formed at the end of 2014 for the purpose of developing fresh new [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:39+00:00 June 30th, 2015|Client Activity, Music Publishing, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Sammy Mitchell signs with Razor & Tie Music Publishing

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 | 2017-07-20T11:04:40+00:00 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 | 2017-07-20T17:43:57+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Copyright Issues, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Technology|Comments Off on Considering a new U.S. copyright act

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 | 2017-07-20T17:44:00+00:00 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

Illegal file-sharing has the greatest impact on the lowly songwriter

A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators... and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business.  -Bono (New York Times, January 2010) The passage of the Digital Economy [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:05+00:00 March 24th, 2011|Digital Downloads, Music Publishing, RIAA|Comments Off on Illegal file-sharing has the greatest impact on the lowly songwriter

“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

ASCAP songwriters to perform at CRS-40’s KCRS Live! showcase

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. today announced the lineup for this year's KCRS Live! event during the radio industry event, CRS-40, scheduled for March 4 - 6, 2009 at the Nashville Convention Center.  The ASCAP-sponsored KCRS Live! event will Wednesday, March 4 from 5-6:20 p.m. The event almost always features some of Nashville’s top songwriting talent.  [...]

By | 2009-01-28T13:26:28+00:00 January 28th, 2009|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Publishing, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on ASCAP songwriters to perform at CRS-40’s KCRS Live! showcase

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