IMPALA urges US to adopt radio performance royalties to create ‘level playing field’

Just as the American Music Fairness Act was introduced in the US Congress, IMPALA, the Brussels-based indie label trade organization urged the US to follow it EU counterparts and require. Continue reading

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An easy guide to creating song split sheets

When it comes to collaborative songwriting between bandmates and others, split sheets are absolutely essential to legal disputes and ensuring everyone is properly compensated for their contributions. Here, we look. Continue reading

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Spotify, Payola, and steering agreements attract Congressional attention [Chris Castle]

Pay-to-play/payola has often been an issue, but Spotify’s new “Discovery Mode” has attracted the attention of Congress. Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy It will be old. Continue reading

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Do independent artists still need legal protection?

As music starts to become more than just a hobby for you, it’s important to take the proper legal precautions early on to protect you and your music from harm. Continue reading

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If you’re going to defend a satirical song from a copyright lawsuit, don’t attempt a bunch of stupid alternative arguments first

In a recent legal misstep, Australian mining billionaire and former politician Clive Palmer squandered his opportunity at the satire defense for unauthorized use of a Twisted Sister hit by first. Continue reading

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1000+ artists tell the government “the horror has no end” regarding Germany’s new copyright law

In response to the latest encroachment on artists’ rights, German artists are speaking out against the German government in response to the country’s wildly unpopular (at least among musicians) new. Continue reading

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Morrissey believes free speech no longer exists because he can’t sue The Simpsons for satirizing him

In the wake of a recent episode of The Simpsons in which the show gently poked fun at the already controversial singer, Morrissey has come out with some outlandish and. Continue reading

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The Digital Copyright Act: We told senator Tillis not to do this, but he did anyway. So we told him again.

After Techdirt’s reform efforts to the deeply flawed Digital Copyright Act seem to have fallen on deaf ears, they are once again attempting to effect some change on the draft. Continue reading

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Taylor Swift, Evermore theme park dispute escalates with countersuit brought by Swift’s team

Taylor Swift is certainly no stranger to legal trouble, and after a theme park in Utah called Evermore attempted to sue Swift, her legal team is now counter-suing the litigious. Continue reading

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Police are using music to stop from being filmed

A recent use of Sublime’s “Santeria” by a cop in a effort to trigger Instagram’s sensitive copyright filter is not a new tactic, but has some ominous implications for the. Continue reading

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