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How To Not Get “Taylor Swift’d” (Or How To Try Not To)By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. If you have been following the music business for the last few months, you may have noticed the on-going public debate between Grammy winning artist Taylor Swift and her first record label, Big Machine Records.  In particular, on June...
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09/16/2019 – JUSTIN M. JACOBSON SPEAKS AT SCRATCH ACADEMY AS PART OF THE SOUNDSHOP’S “MAKING MONEY IN MUSIC: STRATEGY & BUSINESS SAVVY” PANEL IN NEW YORK CITY (New York, NY) Justin M. Jacobson spoke at Scratch Academy in New York City as part of The Soundshop’s “Making Money In Music: Strategy & Business Savvy” presented...
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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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