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Songwriter’s Corner

Songwriter’s Corner is a collection of articles from the archives of both the original newsletter version of Law on the Row and from its online sibling. These articles will be of particular interest to songwriters.

Sorting out the DOJ Ruling and its impact on performance rights

By | August 8th, 2016|Categories: 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|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

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Recent Legislative Efforts Bode Well for Songwriters

By | March 31st, 2015|Categories: Music Law, Music Publishing, Nashville, RIAA, Songwriting|

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 [...]

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In the Thicke of things

By | February 4th, 2015|Categories: Copyright Issues, Litigation, Songwriting|

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 [...]

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The Importance of Music in Film Licensing

By | May 16th, 2011|Categories: RIAA, Songwriting|

  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 [...]

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The Magical Ring of Gyges: Why Illegal Downloading is So Rampant in the Age of Cyberspace

By | February 28th, 2011|Categories: Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Featured, Music Law, RIAA, Songwriting|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

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Origins of an Idea–Nothing New Under the Sun?

By | February 25th, 2011|Categories: Digital Downloads, Internet Law, RIAA, Songwriting, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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. [...]

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“Not Accepting Unsolicited Material”

By | September 9th, 2009|Categories: Entertainment Law, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

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

By | July 17th, 2008|Categories: Copyright Issues, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|

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 [...]

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Fair is not always “Fair Use”

By | March 13th, 2008|Categories: Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, Music Law, RIAA, Songwriting|

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 [...]

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Music Publishing 101, Part 4: Show me the money!

By | November 29th, 2007|Categories: Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|

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, [...]

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

By | November 28th, 2007|Categories: Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Tags: |

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 [...]

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Music Publishing 101, Part 2: Forming a publishing company

By | November 27th, 2007|Categories: Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|

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 [...]

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Music Publishing 101, Part 1: A brief history

By | November 26th, 2007|Categories: Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Publishing, Music Row News, Songwriting|

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 [...]

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Last Man Standing – collaborating with other songwriters

By | November 2nd, 2007|Categories: Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Law, RIAA, Songwriting|

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 [...]

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