Artists Will Earn A Little More With Removal Of Controlled Composition Clause

BMG made industry headlines last week when it opted to eliminate the Controlled Composition clause from its artist contracts. This means more money for artists, and could also be the. Continue reading

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Led Zeppelin (Finally) Wins ‘Stairway To Heaven’ Court Battle

If you thought the song was long, it’s nothing compared to the court battle which ensued. A plagiarism lawsuit from the estate of Randy Wolf against Led Zeppelin has, at. Continue reading

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So, You Want To Be A Music Publisher

Tasked with handling the administration of musical compositions, including collecting royalties and negotiating licensing deals, music publisher play an essential role int he music industry. Here, we look at how. Continue reading

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4 Steps To Clearing A Sample (And Saving Yourself Serious Money)

Although a great deal of current music relies on the sampling of other artists’ work, musicians are often unclear on what it takes to legally clear a sample, and thereby. Continue reading

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U.S. Copyright Office Gets A New Boss and Chris Castle Is Very Happy

Who heads the U.S. Copyright Office may seem like a boring topic, but how that person balances the competing interests of creators, rightsholders, media, and consumers dictates how much almost. Continue reading

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What Are Split Sheets And Why Are They Important?

In an industry where collaboration is a common practice among songwriters and musicians, deciding in advance who will get credit (and get paid) for their contribution on a piece of. Continue reading

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Keep Your Music Safe With Cosynd

In such uncertain times as these, it’s natural to be concerned about protecting your property – even you intellectual property. Here we look at how Cosynd can quickly and affordably. Continue reading

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Is Your Music Legally Protected?

Recently, a number of companies have been popping up and preying on music creators and rights holders, offering protection for musical works. Here, industry lawyer Erin M. Jacobson explains why. Continue reading

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Can My Co-Writer Copy Our Joint Work?

Thanks to a recent legal battle between Melissa Jefferson (aka Lizzo) and several other songwriters, a rarely explored topic has been brought to the forefront: Can a co-writer copy a. Continue reading

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Oil, Data & Eight Mile Style vs Spotify

Although lawsuits are often filed against services like Spotify, one of the types of claimed damages that rarely gets discussed is non-display use of recordings – aka data scraping. Guest. Continue reading

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