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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

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

In the Thicke of things

Robin Thicke  and  Pharrell Williams spent 2013 on the top of the charts with their hit  Blurred Lines, but due to allegations of copyright infringement suit leveled by the children  of legendary singer Marvin Gaye they also spent much of 2014 in a court proceedings. And did they put on a show. The saga began [...]

By | February 4th, 2015|Copyright Issues, Litigation, Songwriting|Comments Off on In the Thicke of things

The Creative Spark

You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. As it does every year, this new year marks a new beginning. I plan to continue my Twitter series entitled #creativity, so if you don’t already, follow me there @bshrum, or on any of the social networking platforms. However, [...]

By | January 2nd, 2015|Creative, Songwriting, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Creative Spark

The Importance of Music in Film Licensing

  By guest author Mallory Trice In 1926, the Warner Bros. studio in Hollywood introduced sound to film for the very first time causing a wave throughout Hollywood and around the globe as other major studios began the switch to "talkies" (pictures with sound). [1] The world of film and sound had become one, and [...]

By | May 16th, 2011|RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on The Importance of Music in Film Licensing

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

Origins of an Idea–Nothing New Under the Sun?

It was allegedly King Solomon who declared “there is nothing new under the sun!” Now a recent strain of thought seeks to recast King Solomon’s casual observation in order to challenge the basis of U.S. copyright laws, i.e., original ideas. This line of reasoning is perhaps best exemplified in the popular cult film by Brett [...]

By | February 25th, 2011|Digital Downloads, Internet Law, RIAA, Songwriting, Technology|Comments Off on Origins of an Idea–Nothing New Under the Sun?

“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 | September 9th, 2009|Entertainment Law, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on “Not Accepting Unsolicited Material”

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 | 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

Fair is not always “Fair Use”

The concept of “fair use” is a very misunderstood concept.  The first common misunderstanding that people espouse is that the concept of “fair use” is a right or privilege granted by copyright law.  It is not.  Secondly, many people mistakenly believe that so long as they do not make any money from an infringing use [...]

By | March 13th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, Music Law, RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on Fair is not always “Fair Use”