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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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11-20-2018 – THE JACOBSON FIRM CAPTURES “THE DRAMATICS” TRADEMARK (New York, NY) The Jacobson Firm, P.C., on behalf of client, L.J. Reynolds has successfully obtained the registration of “THE DRAMATICS” trademark. L.J. Reynolds has performed live on some of the world’s biggest stages and has been featured on various chart topping tracks. The Dramatics is...
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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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Music Licensing for Restaurants, Nightclubs & Bars By Jeffrey E. Jacobson & Justin M. Jacobson As more and more individuals are visiting local culinary and entertainment establishments to enjoy themselves, the need for the business owner to entertain their crowd has become of paramount importance.  Many establishments, including restaurants, nightclubs, bars and other publicly accessible...
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Why and Where Does an Entertainment Attorney Fit? By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Being that I’m an entertainment attorney, I would be remiss to not acknowledge the inherent bias in this article; however, whether you work with me or one of my colleagues around the globe, the usage of a competent attorney or legal representative...
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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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Spinning in the USA: The O-1 Visa for the Foreign EDM DJ By Pablo G. Velez, Esq., Of Counsel It goes without saying that EDM is a worldwide phenomenon that has created global celebrities out of DJs such as Tiesto, Deadmau5, David Guetta, and more. The demand for talented foreign DJs in the United States...
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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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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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