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Recording Industry Contracts – What To Look For

The Ins and Outs of Recording Industry Contracts One of the most exciting moments in an artist’s career is when he or she receives his first recording contract.  This can represent your  “big break” and an opportunity to market your music and gain more fans, follower
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The Six Rights of Copyright – Part V: The Right to Public Display

The Six Rights of Copyright – Part V: The Right to Public Display   Public Display and the Bundle of Rights That Make Up Copyright    This is the fifth part in our series on what makes a Copyright, the right to public display.  The prior four rights reviewed are linked below
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Bieber and Usher Not Feeling the Love over $10 Million Copyright Lawsuit

The Music Pitch Songwriters Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton have filed a $10 million copyright lawsuit against Justin Bieber and Usher over their hit single, “Somebody to Love.”  This sordid ditty begins back in 2008 when Copeland and Overton claim they first recorded the song for C
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The Six Rights of Copyright – Part IV: The Right to Publicly Perform

The Right to Publicly Perform is the fourth part in our series on what makes a Copyright.  The prior three rights reviewed are linked below for you to get up to speed.  To refresh, the six parts of copyright are: The right to reproduce the copyrighted work The right to prepare derivat
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Royalty Free Samples: A Peculiar Problem of Producing Music

A common question from DJs and music producers is: “what right do I have to create and protect my own music using ‘royalty free’ samples, beats, and loops?”  Can you copyright work that you derive from these sources?  The simple answer is yes, if certain requirements are met.  This si
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