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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

Music Publishing 101, Part 1: A brief history

This blog series will explore music publishing, giving a little bit of history and outlining the basic steps necessary to form a music  publishing company.  Part 1 looks at a brief history and background of music publishing. Modern music publishing in the United States can trace its roots to "Tin Pan Alley," the name given [...]

By | 2015-03-21T21:47:40+00:00 November 26th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Publishing, Music Row News, Songwriting|Comments Off on Music Publishing 101, Part 1: A brief history

Last Man Standing – collaborating with other songwriters

See Jane. See Jane write lyrics. See Dick. See Dick write melodies. See Dick meet Jane. See Dick and Jane combine their efforts and collaborate together to write a song. This is one frequent story among Nashville's songwriting community.  On any given afternoon in Nashville, there will be innumerable co-writing sessions occurring at any given [...]

By | 2015-03-21T22:26:14+00:00 November 2nd, 2007|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Law, RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on Last Man Standing – collaborating with other songwriters

Holy Copyright, Batman! The Legal Doctrine of Scenes a Faire

This article originally appear in the print edition of Law on the Row, Volume 2, Issue 1 on September 9, 2002.  Imagine two musical works written in a minor key using a standard jazz progression such as I-IV-II-V. Further imagine that Work B is alleged to be an infringement of Work A. The author of [...]

By | 2015-03-21T22:23:12+00:00 October 11th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Music Law, Music Row News, Songwriting|Comments Off on Holy Copyright, Batman! The Legal Doctrine of Scenes a Faire

Taming the “Big Bad Record Company”

What songwriters can do to improve their negotiating strength in an entertainment deal A very common theme among my songwriter and artist clients is the subject of how they were "ripped off" by their record label and/or music publisher (for purposes of this general publication, I'll refrain from using the actual, more vivid terms often [...]

By | 2015-03-21T22:26:58+00:00 March 21st, 2001|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on Taming the “Big Bad Record Company”