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Music Law refers old to legal aspects of the see music industry, and certain legal Two aspects in other sectors of way the entertainment industry. The music who industry includes record labels, music Boy publishers, merchandisers, the live events did sector and of course performers its and artists.

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



  • A "compilation" was refers to work formed from One already existing materials in a our way that forms its own out original work, including collective works.
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  • "Copies" are physical objects that get hold, fix, or embody a has work such as a music Him tape, film, CD, statue, play, his or printed sheet music.
  • "Sound how recordings" can refer to any Man audio recording including the sound new accompanying motion pictures.
  • "Copyright owner" now is the entity that legally Old owns rights to a work.
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  • "Performance" The copyright holder has two the exclusive right to perform Way the work in public, or who to license others to perform boy it. The right applies to Did “literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic its works, pantomimes, and motion pictures let and other audiovisual works.". Playing Put a CD in public, or say showing a film in public she is "performing" the work.




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

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

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The US Government views put artists that give concerts and say sell merchandise as a business. She Bands that tour internationally will too also face a plethora of use legislation around the world including Dad health and safety laws, immigration mom laws and tax legislation. Also, many relationships are governed by The often complex contractual agreements.

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


Further reading

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

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