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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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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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So You Want a “Record Deal”? How To Legally Ensure An Artist Can Even Sign One By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. While most musicians dream of getting signed to a major “record deal,” the days where a record label executive attends a show and signs an artist based on their performance are long gone. These...
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An Examination Of The Songwriter and Music Publisher Relationship By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. We will now examine the music publisher and its exclusive publishing agreement with a songwriter.  In addition to the standard exclusive publishing agreement explored below, there are other types of related agreements a songwriter could potentially sign with a music publisher,...
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Part 1: The Artist & Manager Relationship — A Look At Recording Industry Management Agreements By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. We will now begin a series of articles exploring several music business agreements.  The first agreement we will examine is the agreement that governs the artist (talent) and personal manager relationship.  An exploration of what...
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By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. While every band dreams of making it big and one day sharing the stage at a sold-out arena, the trials and tribulations that they encounter on the way to the top can leave lasting impacts on the band members as well as shape their financial and musical fates for the...
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By The Jacobson Firm, P.C. – Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Excerpts from “What is The AARC?” 56 Journal of the Copyright Society 213 (2008) by Justin M. Jacobson. The Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 (A.H.R.A) imposes royalty payments on the manufacturing, importing, and distribution of daigital audio recording devices and digital audio recording media...
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By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. In today’s music business, a musician needs to understand and receive all the various streams of revenue that they are entitled to for their musical works.  However, many of today’s artists are uninformed as to what royalties they are entitled to; and, even more musicians are not properly registered nor...
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By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. In part 1, we explored the potential benefits an artist receives from establishing a business entity such as an LLC or corporation.  We also discussed some other administrative matters related to the operation and continued maintenance of these entities.  In this installment, we move forward to discuss the next steps...
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