Entertainment Law

The Proposed “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act”– yet another feeble attempt?

Since before the day that Napster was a twinkle in Sean Parker’s eye – well over a decade ago now – the legal and music industries have each struggled with ways to cope with and transform their dusty old business models from the physical status quo to the digital revolution.

By |2017-07-20T17:44:08-06:00February 22nd, 2011|Internet Law, RIAA, Technology, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Proposed “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act”– yet another feeble attempt?

Return fire by the music industry – artists to testify before Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a high-profile hearing  today on the subject of imposing additional performance royalties on so-called "over-the-air" or "terrestrial" radio stations (I'll just call them OTA's in this article).  Investigative hearings such as these are usually precursors to legislation being introduced on the subject.  Grammy winner, Lyle Lovett and Chicago-based singer-songwriter [...]

By |2007-11-13T14:27:32-06:00November 13th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law, Music Law|Comments Off on Return fire by the music industry – artists to testify before Senate

Napster Settlement Impacts Bertlelsmann AG Earnings

Because of its settlements with the four major music publishers involved in the Napster case -estimated at over $400 million- the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG (FRA: BTG4) reported a first-half net loss of shareholder profit of €51 million ($69.4 million), compared to earnings to shareholder of €258 million euros ($351.2 million) in the previous fiscal year.  [...]

By |2007-09-04T14:48:50-06:00September 4th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry|Comments Off on Napster Settlement Impacts Bertlelsmann AG Earnings

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 |2015-03-21T22:26:58-06:00March 21st, 2001|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on Taming the “Big Bad Record Company”