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Publishing Money

By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Every new musician is told by some other musician or industry professional “to keep your publishing” or some variation of this.  Such a statement is archaic and a potentially career debilitating mistake.  A better understanding of what “publishing” monies consist of and why this outdated advice of “keeping your publishing […]

Advice On Music Sampling

By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. With advancing technology and the development of new digital musical techniques, it has become even easier for an artist to “sample” and integrate another’s finished recording or sound bite into a new, altered and derivative work created by a new artist.  In today’s evolving marketplace, commercial DJs such as Girl […]

A Musician’s Basic Guide To Business Entities And Taxes In New York State

By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. As an individual embarks on their chosen journey, a career in music and in the music business, it is essential for them to have a basic understanding of the complexities and formalities associated with operating a legitimate business.  You should treat your “musical career” as a full-time occupation in order […]

Music & Copyrights

By Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq. Music is a bit unusual because there are two Copyrights involved for every master recording that is produced. There is a Copyright in the song, which consists of the underlying music and lyrics, and a Copyright in the sound recording itself. Lyrics and music are protected on the PA Copyright […]


By: The Jacobson Firm, P.C. It has long been the law that a copyright infringement claim involving jewelry designs requires the party alleging infringement to prove that its design is 1) protectable under copyright law; 2) that the alleged infringer had access to the copyrighted work; and 3) that the infringer’s design is “substantially similar” […]


By Jeffrey E. Jacobson & Justin M. Jacobson Intellectual Property Law is a fancy term that has been much used in the last decade. Simply stated it includes the laws of patents, trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition. Intellectual Property is concerned with the protection and exploitation of creations. Copyrights cover the expression of ideas in […]

Assess Your Assets: What Entertainers And Athletes Need To Protect Themselves

By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Picture this, you’re an unmarried professional athlete, no spouse; but, you have three children with three different women and no will. Upon your death chaos ensues, as no specific individual is seen as your “surviving spouse” under the law; so, now the three mothers of the three children have no […]

Copyrights In Music

By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. We have previously explored the reasons to register a copyright (http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2015/09/why-you-still-should-register-a-copyrighted-work.html) and the procedures to effectuate it.  In this article, we will explore copyright law as it specifically relates to the music industry to ensure the proper exploitation and monetization of an artist’s finished song. For a work to be […]

Comics Law: How to Avoid Getting Screwed in a Work-For-Hire Job — or How to Keep Your CopyRIGHTS

By Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq. Do you want to create a new superhero? Do you dream about a job in the majors? Did you ever think, or even guess, no less speculate, that once you had both, you still would not own the rights to your creation? One of the most important concepts of copyright […]

“Beats For Sale.” Now What? – A Look At Some Of The Legal Issues

By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. The rapid rise of the internet and the ease of world-wide instant peer-to-peer communications have provided many upcoming artists with new opportunities to monetize their unreleased, original works.  The use of social media and the internet has made it possible for aspiring music producers, vocalists and musicians to instantly spread […]