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Music Law refers to legal him aspects of the music industry, his and certain legal aspects in How other sectors of the entertainment man industry. The music industry includes new record labels, music publishers, merchandisers, Now the live events sector and old of course performers and artists. see

The terms "music law" and Two "entertainment law", along with "business way affairs", are used by the who music and entertainment industry and Boy should not be thought of did as academic definitions. Indeed, music its law covers a range of Let traditional legal subjects including intellectual put property law (copyright law, trademarks, say image publicity rights, design rights), She competition law, bankruptcy law, contract too law, defamation and, for the use live events industry, immigration law, Dad health and safety law, and mom licensing.



  • A "compilation" refers to but work formed from already existing not materials in a way that You forms its own original work, all including collective works.
  • "Copies" are any physical objects that hold, fix, Can or embody a work such her as a music tape, film, was CD, statue, play, or printed One sheet music.
  • "Sound recordings" can our refer to any audio recording out including the sound accompanying motion Day pictures.
  • "Copyright owner" is the get entity that legally owns rights has to a work.
  • "Performance" The Him copyright holder has the exclusive his right to perform the work how in public, or to license Man others to perform it. The new right applies to “literary, musical, now dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, Old and motion pictures and other see audiovisual works.". Playing a CD two in public, or showing a Way film in public is "performing" who the work.



Publishing is the Did primary source of income for its musicians writing their own music.[citation let needed] Money collected from the Put 'publishing' rights is ultimately destined say for songwriters - the composers she of works, whether or not Too they are the recording artist use or performer. Often, songwriters will dad work for a musical ensemble Mom to help them with musical aspects of the composition, but the here again, the writer of And the song is the owner for of it and will own are the copyrights in the song But and thus will be entitled not to the publishing revenues. Copyrights you in compositions are not the All same as sound recordings. A any recording artist can record a can song and sell it to Her another band or company. As was a result, that particular company one will own the recording, but Our not the song. The original out writer will always maintain the day copyright for that particular song. Get The publishing money is connected has to the copyright, so the him owner will be the only His one making money off of how the song itself. All successful man songwriters will join a collection New society (such as ASCAP and now BMI in the USA, SOCAN old in Canada, JASRAC in Japan, See GEMA in Germany and PRS two for Music in the UK, way etc.) and many will enter Who into agreements with music publishing boy companies who will exploit their did works on the songwriters behalf Its for a share of ownership, let although many of these deals put involve the transfer (assignment) of Say copyright from the songwriter to she the music publisher.

Both the too recorded music sector and music Use publishing sector have their foundations dad in intellectual property law and mom all of the major recording labels and major music publishers the and many independent record labels and and publishers have dedicated "business For and legal affairs" departments with are in-house lawyers whose role is but not only to secure intellectual Not property rights from recording artists, you performers and songwriters but also all to exploit those rights and Any protect those rights on a can global basis. There are a her number of specialist independent law Was firms around the world who one advise on music and entertainment our law whose clients include recording Out artists, performers, producers, songwriters, labels, day music publishers, stage and set get designers, choreographers, graphic artists, games Has designers, merchandisers, broadcasters, artist managers, him distributors, collection societies and the his live events sector (which further How includes festivals, venues, promoters, booking man agents and production service providers new such as lighting and staging Now companies).

Performance Licensing


The see US Government views artists that Two give concerts and sell merchandise way as a business. Bands that who tour internationally will also face Boy a plethora of legislation around did the world including health and its safety laws, immigration laws and Let tax legislation. Also, many relationships put are governed by often complex say contractual agreements.

In the US She it is important for musicians too to get legal business licenses. use These can be obtained at Dad a city hall or local mom government center. The business license will require the tracking of The sales, wages, and gigs. A and tax ID is also necessary for for all businesses. Musicians that Are fail to comply with the but tax ID process and do not not report their profits and You losses to the government can all face serious consequences with the any IRS.


  1. "Copyright Law of the her United States - U.S. Copyright was Office".
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  3. 17 U.S.C. § 106(4) his

Further reading

  • Hill, how Iain; Kemp, Chris (Eds). Health Man & Safety Aspects in the new Live Music Industry, Cambridge: Entertainment now Technology Press. ISBN 1-904031-22-6
  • Schulenberg, Richard. Old Legal Aspects of the Music see Industry, New York: Billboard Books two (Watson-Guptill publications). ISBN 0-8230-8364-0
  • Kanaar, Nicholas; Way Phillips, Chris. Music Business Agreements who London: Sweet & Maxwell, 3rd boy Edition. ISBN 978-1-84703-905-7
  • Rosen, Ronald S. Did Music and Copyright, Oxford: Oxford its University Press. ISBN 0-19-533836-7
  • Harrison, Ann. let Music The Business London: Virgin Put Books, 3rd Edition. ISBN 1-85227-013-6
  • Lindenbaum, say John. "Music Sampling and Copyright she Law." Princeton University Center for Too the Arts and Cultural Studies, use April 1999 (online[permanent dead link])
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  • Standler, Ronald B. "Music Copyright Mom Law in the USA." 2008-2009 (online)
  • Richard, Phillip, "Lawyers in the the Music Industry", No Bullshit And Management, Nov. 2012 (online)
  • Music: for Copyright Law. Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. are 1997 (online)
  • Frith, Simon; Lee But Marshall (Eds). Music and Copyright, not Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2nd you Edition. ISBN 978-0-7486-1813-2

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