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All that glitters is not gold – tips on analyzing a songwriting/band contest

When is the last time you heard of someone getting a really "big break" in the music industry through any contest, other than perhaps American Idol?  That's because most artists and songwriters are not discovered through contests, they are discovered through relationships in the industry. Yet, there are literally hundreds of such contests out there [...]

By | 2015-03-21T21:48:48+00:00 July 17th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on All that glitters is not gold – tips on analyzing a songwriting/band contest

Why “Freeconomics” – and the Music Industry’s Five Point Plan – won’t work in the long term

There is a great deal of talk these days about the concept of "freeconomics," spurned by the fact that most teenagers and college students are still ripping music and sharing it online.  Most recently, the major record labels commissioned a study from two think tanks, The Leading Question and Music Ally, which resulted in a [...]

By | 2008-05-20T10:36:00+00:00 May 20th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Music Law, Music Publishing|Comments Off on Why “Freeconomics” – and the Music Industry’s Five Point Plan – won’t work in the long term

Music Row Magazine sold

Music Row magazine has been "Nashville's Music Industry Publication" for 26 years.  Yesterday, Music Row announced that it was being acquired by SouthComm Communications, Inc.  SouthComm is a Nashville-based media company founded in 2007 by Chris Ferrell and Nashville investment firm Solidus Co., led by Townes Duncan.  Duncan is chairman of SouthComm and Ferrell is [...]

By | 2008-03-28T12:03:34+00:00 March 28th, 2008|Life on the Row, Music Publishing, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Music Row Magazine sold

Atlantic Records et al. v. Brennan: Federal Judge Denies Default Judgment for RIAA

U.S. District Judge for the District of Connecticut  Justice Janet Bond Arterton, handed down a very pointed and decisive opinion hammering the R.I.A.A. for its boilerplate style of pleading in the nationwide wide campaign against illegal file sharing.   Justice Arterton was appointed by President Clinton in 1995.  The full decision is here:  Decision.  At several [...]

By | 2008-02-26T09:30:03+00:00 February 26th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Music Law, Music Publishing|Comments Off on Atlantic Records et al. v. Brennan: Federal Judge Denies Default Judgment for RIAA

Copyright Royalty Board begins critical hearings

On Monday, January 28th, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) began what will be four weeks of hearings.  The CRB will hear testimony from interested parties on both sides of issues which will ultimately determine the statutory mechanical rates for songwriters and music publishers. The CRB sets these rates periodically, but these particular hearings are more [...]

By | 2008-01-29T07:15:28+00:00 January 29th, 2008|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Music Publishing|Comments Off on Copyright Royalty Board begins critical hearings

Don’t Mess around with Jim!

You don't tug on Superman's cape, You don't spit into the wind You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger And you don't mess around with Jim These lyrics from Jim Croce's classic pop song You Don't Mess Around with Jim have evolved into pop culture expressions used by people the world over.  [...]

By | 2007-12-27T14:31:33+00:00 December 27th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Music Law, Music Publishing|Comments Off on Don’t Mess around with Jim!

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!

Music Publishing 101, Part 3: Pieces of the Publishing Pie

Once a music publisher begins to receive income from the exploitation of the copyrights it has acquired, it must begin to distribute the income to the appropriate writers.  Understanding the basic principles of copyright ownership and royalty splits is fundamental to performing the task of distribution of income.  One device that is often used to [...]

By | 2015-03-21T21:57:15+00:00 November 28th, 2007|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on Music Publishing 101, Part 3: Pieces of the Publishing Pie

Music Publishing 101, Part 2: Forming a publishing company

From a legal perspective, the formation of a music publishing company is, in most respects, very similar the formation of any other type of company, except that the documentation is tailored specifically for the business of music publishing.  The first step in the formation of any business, including a music publishing company, is to determine [...]

By | 2015-03-21T21:55:18+00:00 November 27th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on Music Publishing 101, Part 2: Forming a publishing company