4 Legal Basics For The DIY World: Artists, Authors, Creators, & Musicians

Here, entertainment lawyer and industry veteran Wallace Collins breaks down the four legal essentials for do-it-yourself creatives navigating the choppy legal waters of copyright and publishing. Guest post by Wallace. Continue reading

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Strong Quarter For Sony Music Helps Sony Corp. Turn Profitable Despite Orchard Write-Off

Sony Corp beat analyst's expectations and swung back to profitable in the first quarter of 2016 after posting a loss last quarter.  Helping drive the turnaround was a stronger than expected. Continue reading

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Why Do You Need A Band Member Agreement?

While it's the dream of many a band to achieve massive success in the industry, the road to the top is rife with financial ups and downs. This article looks at the. Continue reading

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

In our look back at the week in music we examine a major legal upset surrounding "Happy Birthday," ReverbNation's new EchoMusic app, and a group of musicians attempt to lure. Continue reading

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Direct-To-Fan Music Sales Chart June 12, 2015

This weeks Direct-To-Fan Chart from serves as a reminder that D2F sales are not just for the young. with Bette Midler, Robert Plant, Dwight Yoakmm, Van Morrison and a cult favorite we. Continue reading

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Millions Likely To Sign Up For Apple Music’s Free 3 Month Trial; Leaked Contracts Show Artists, Labels To Be Paid Nothing

[UPDATED] When it launches on June 30th, Apple Music will offer a 3 free month trial; and Apple contracts leaked to Hypebot show artists and labels won't receive any compensation. Continue reading

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Music “Sample” Clearance Issues: Legal Do’s & Don’ts

Many clients ask about whether or not they can "sample" from an existing sound recording and how much is permissible to use, and whether or not they need permission to. Continue reading

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Music Publishers File Lawsuit Against Wolfgang’s Vault, Daytrotter For “Massive” Copyright Infringement

Wolfgang's Vault bills itself as the "world's largest collection of live music."  Sister site Daytrotter brings that same sensibility to merging music.  But much of the music you find on. Continue reading

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Music Publishing News Roundup 5.25.2015: Downtown • Sony Music • BMI vs. Pandora • More

Downtown Music Publishing's acquisition of Eagle i-Music,  the battle with The Verge over Sony Music's leaked contract with Spotify and BMI's win over Pandora dominate the music publishing news this. Continue reading

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Last Week’s Most Read Posts On Hypebot

A leaked  Sony Music and Spotify contract, Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" marketing campaign, unusual but effective music career investments and the war on piracy all topped this week's most read posts. Continue reading

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