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A Look At Co-Publishing, Sub-Publishing, and Administration Agreements By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. In a prior installment, we examined the traditional songwriter and music publisher relationship, including reviewing some standard clauses that an artist would find in many publishing arrangements.  We will now explore a few other contractual relationships that can exist between a music...
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Music Modernization Act Signed into Law By Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq. Congress recently passed the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, which the President signed into law on October 11, 2018. This act, otherwise known as the MMA, creates a new governing body jointly run by music publishing companies.  This new entity will administer...
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Brand Sponsorship & Endorsement Agreements For Musicians By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. With the evolution of the music business in today’s digital age of streaming and downloads; the ancillary income that musicians generate from brand sponsorship and endorsements have become of paramount importance to an artist’s overall earnings.  For instance, “sponsorship spending on music tours,...
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A Brief Look At Live Performance Agreements By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. While there has been a decline in recorded music sales, the live performance sphere of the music business continues to post substantial numbers.  For example, in 2016, Billboard Magazine stated that global “gross box-office revenue” exceeded “$5.5 billion dollars.”   With such substantial sums...
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Copyright & Music Business Announcement – Mechanical Royalty Rate Increases (01-29-2018) – Today, The Copyright Royalty Board, the body responsible for setting the statutory rates, has increased the U.S. mechanical royalty Rate.  A mechanical license is used to “reproduce and distribute copyrighted musical compositions (songs) on CDs, records, tapes, or permanent digital downloads.” This means...
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