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A Musician’s Guide to COVID-19 and “Force Majeure”

A Musician’s Guide to COVID-19 and “Force Majeure” Guest article by: Jeff Becker at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP For ...
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When does the Sun Set on your Manager’s Commissions?

When does the Sun Set on your Manager’s Commissions?

When does the Sun Set on your Manager’s Commissions? It is important to understand the language in your artist management ...
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Artist Managers – Often the Most Important Person on your Team!

Artist Managers – Often the Most Important Person on your Team! As much as I like to think of myself ...
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The Music Modernization Act & All Its Acronyms!

The Music Modernization Act & All Its Acronyms! Most of you have at least heard about the Music Modernization Act, ...
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What is a Trademark?

What is a Trademark? A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, design or combination thereof that identifies and distinguishes the ...
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The 411 on the Music Modernization Act

The 411 on the Music Modernization Act The Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (aka the Music Modernization Act ...
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What Do You Mean Songs Have 2 Copyrights?

What Do You Mean Songs Have 2 Copyrights? Whenever I present on copyright laws, there is at least one person ...
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What is Copyright?

What is Copyright? A copyright is a collection of rights that automatically vests in someone who creates an original work ...
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The Ninth Circuit Vacates Jury Verdict Finding “Stairway to Heaven” Did Not Infringe “Tauras”

The Ninth Circuit Vacates Jury Verdict Finding “Stairway to Heaven” Did Not Infringe “Tauras” It has been more than two ...
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Inspiration v. Infringement – Blurring the Lines

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are familiar with Williams v. Gaye, the high profile copyright infringement ...
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Hurry Up & Wait….Is the Music Modernization Act in Trouble?

Hurry Up & Wait….Is the Music Modernization Act in Trouble? With a 415-0 vote of approval in the House of ...
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The Music Modernization Act – A Long Overdue Overhaul to the Music Copyright Licensing Infrastructure

The Music Modernization Act – A Long Overdue Overhaul to the Music Copyright Licensing Infrastructure By: Michelle M. Wahl, Partner) ...
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Making Your Mark in the Music Business

Making Your Mark in the Music Business Artists often wonder whether they can seek federal trademark protection on their band ...
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Seemingly Simple Ways to Make Money on Your Musical Works

Seemingly Simple Ways to Make Money on Your Musical Works Photo by Lukas from Pexels The DIY era has its ...
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A Win for Songwriters – Mechanical Royalties Rise

A Win for Songwriters – Mechanical Royalties Rise On January 29, 2018, the Copyright Royalty Board announced the new royalty ...
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Songwriters – Grab a Fork and Dig into the Spotify Settlement Pie

Songwriters – Grab a Fork and Dig into the Spotify Settlement Pie In May 2017, individual lawsuits filed against Spotify ...
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2016 – The Year the Record Business was Reborn?

2016 – The Year the Record Business was Reborn? Over the past few years, reports issued by Barclays reflected a ...
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U.S. Music Industry’s Open Letter to the U.S. Government – “Support Europe’s Copyright Reform and Reconcile the Royalty Payment Disparities.”

U.S. Music Industry’s Open Letter to the U.S. Government – “Support Europe’s Copyright Reform and Reconcile the Royalty Payment Disparities.” ...
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Part II of the ASCAP/BMI Challenge to the Consent Decrees – A Big Win for BMI

Part II of the ASCAP/BMI Challenge to the Consent Decrees – A Big Win for BMI Hello Chicago Music Fans! ...
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The Future of the ASCAP/BMI Consent Decrees – Calm or Chaos??

The Future of the ASCAP/BMI Consent Decrees – Calm or Chaos?? Hello all – on June 29, 2016, ASCAP and ...
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The Music Business – What’s “Trending” Now?

The Music Business – What’s “Trending” Now? I. A Needle in a Haystack – Getting Noticed: In the digital millennium, ...
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That’s Mine! – Why Intraband Agreements are a MUST!

That’s Mine! – Why Intraband Agreements are a MUST! “I started the band, I should own the name”… “He acts ...
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The Road to Getting Signed

The Road to Getting Signed For the most part, today’s local bands share at least one thing in common…..the desire ...
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Songwriting – Turning a Hobby into a Livelihood

Songwriting – Turning a Hobby into a Livelihood Recently a few individuals have contacted me about the art of songwriting ...
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The Do’s and Don’ts of the Music Business

The Do’s and Don'ts of the Music Business By: Michelle M. Wahl, Esq. “What does it take”, they ask me ...
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It’s all in the delivery

It’s all in the delivery I suppose you are wondering exactly what I am referring to when I say “it’s ...
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Trademarks

Trademarks Before a band can seek registration and protection of either a trademark or servicemark, the band members need to first understand ...
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The Art of Artist Management

The Art of Artist Management Although I’m still a quasi-rookie in the realm of artist management, I am fairly certain that nearly ...
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Copyright

Copyright Amidst the tedious writing, relentless performing, and unyielding self-promotion, local performers tend to overlook an element of the entertainment industry that can ...
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Breaking Songwriting Barriers

Breaking Songwriting Barriers You have the lyrics, you have developed the hook, and now you need a vehicle to deliver ...
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