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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The Art Of Clearing A Sample: Is It Worth It?

Sampling is an integral part of music, and while the perfect sample can really make a song, improper licensing of said sample can also be a massive, career derailing legal. Continue reading

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Eddy Grant Challenges Trump Over Use Of ‘Electric Ave’

Legendary genre-pioneering Guyanese-British singer Eddy Grant recently issued a cease and desist letter to Donald Trump, after the President’s campaign used Grant’s 1983 reggae fusion hit ‘Electric Avenue’ in an. Continue reading

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Which Legal Entity Is The Best Choice For Your Music Business?

When artists formalize their first music company, there can be some uncertainty over which legal entity is the best option to move forward with. Here we compare Inc. to LLC. Continue reading

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Ask An Entertainment Attorney: 6 Common Questions

Even if you’re great at music, plunging into the business side of the music business can be an incredibly intimidating prospect. To get you started on the right legal foot,. Continue reading

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