July 8, 2021 In Blog, Producers

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN PAID FOR A PLACEMENT

By: Adam Freedman and Alyssa Minnec As we’re sure you are aware, a big part of collaborating in hip hop these days involves producers simply sending their beats out to anyone they can find to record songs over…

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May 14, 2021 In Blog, Producers

ALL ABOUT SOUNDEXCHANGE

By Adam Freedman & Alyssa Minnec What is SoundExchange? You’re probably already familiar with registering your music with organizations like ASCAP, BMI, Harry Fox Agency, etc., who collect PUBLISHING royalties on behalf of songwriters and publishers. However, SoundExchange…

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November 25, 2020 In Blog, Producers

HOW TO TRADEMARK YOUR ARTIST NAME

By: Adam Freedman & Alyssa Minnec DISCLAIMER: This article is intended for informational purposes only, and is not intended to, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. The content provided here is not intended to communicate or imply…

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August 30, 2018 In Blog, Producers

Benefits of Establishing a Loan-Out Company for a Music Artist

Most professional musicians, artists, or other entertainers contract their services through a so-called “Loan-Out Company.” Nevertheless, I have discovered a lot of confusion amongst these same professionals about why they established a Loan-Out Company in…

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August 15, 2018 In Blog, Producers

What Are Moral Rights?

In the music industry, at least in the US, most producer agreements, session musician agreements, and other similar work-for-hire situations will contain language generally stating that you “hereby irrevocably and unconditionally waive all Moral Rights…

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April 23, 2018 In Blog, Producers

Entertainment Law Mythbusters: Your Questions about Legally Sampling Music Answered

The rules around sampling music have been mystifying musicians since the enactment of the Copyright Act of 1976. While copyright laws regarding how to clear a sample often seem straightforward when discussed in the abstract,…

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March 19, 2018 In Blog, Producers

Key Issues to Address in Your Collaboration Agreement

I’m sure you’ve heard of the expression “Two heads are better than one. Three better than two,” and so on. This is most likely the case when it comes to creative works. For example in…

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January 16, 2018 In Blog, Producers

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS BEHIND BUYING & SELLING BEATS ONLINE

DISCLAIMER: This article is not intended as legal advice, as an attorney specializing in the field should be consulted. Let’s face it, we’re living in a digital age, whether we want to accept it or…

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January 3, 2018 In Blog, Producers

What Happens When Your Band Breaks Up?: Why You Need a Band Agreement and Major Issues to Address

Artists do not like discussing contracts, period, and one of the harder ones to address is the band member contract because it can feel like it acknowledges a certain level of distrust or at least…

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December 1, 2017 In Blog, Producers

Can You Trademark a Hashtag?

Recently, hashtags have become important tools for driving online interaction between entertainers and consumers on social media. The law is still being developed in this area, but the increased use of hashtags has nevertheless gotten…

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