Musicians and Producers – Get Your SoundExchange Money in Order

Musicians and Producers – Get Your SoundExchange Money in OrderBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. In a previous article, I explored what SoundExchange is and the types of income that this organization collects. While these royalties have always been a vital artist revenue channel, in recent years, due to the increased focus and importance of digital […]

10 Things You Should Legally Do As An Entertainer

10 Things You Should Legally Do As An EntertainerBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. While there are no real bright line rules that an entertainer must follow, there are some essential strategies that a musician should take into account when conducting their music business in the new year. As we have already explored, a musician should […]

Information on RFEs for DJs and Musician Visas

Information on RFEs for DJs and Musician VisasBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. and Pablo G. Velez, Esq. of Velez & Cipriano, PLLC After a musician, DJ or other artist submits a visa application for U.S. work authorization, the USCIS occasionally issues a “Request For Evidence” otherwise referred to as an “RFE.” (I-797E “Notice of Action”) […]

Copyrights and Trademarks for Podcasting and Podcasters

Intellectual Property Protections: Copyrights and Trademarks for Podcasting and PodcastersBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. In addition to the licensing of music and content for a podcast and other related business considerations for operating a podcast, there are also a variety of intellectual property protections that a podcast operator could employ to efficiently manage and safeguard […]

COVID-19 Update on Talent Visas for Entertainers, DJs, and Musicians

COVID-19 Update on Talent Visas for Entertainers, DJs, and MusiciansBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. and Pablo G. Velez, Esq. of Velez & Cipriano, PLLC The last two years have been unpredictable, especially for live music, concerts, nightclubs, and any other large social gathering of people in any space. However, it is important for an entertainer […]

Content and Music Licensing for Podcasters

Content and Music Licensing for Podcasters: Using Music, Media, and Video Content in a PodcastBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Adding “Podcast Host” to your resume? There has been a growth in podcasting, including a large increase in overall podcast “listenership.” This expansion includes podcasts hosted by individuals and celebrities as well as those created by […]

What Are “Neighboring Rights”?

What are “Neighboring Rights” In The Music Business?By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Featured artists, session musicians and master sound recording owners from other countries, including record labels, are entitled to an additional royalty stream that artists and sound recording owners within the United States are currently not receiving. This additional revenue stream is referred to […]

Athletes and Entertainers: Clear Your Tattoos – Copyright Protection for Tattoos

Copyright Protection and Rights Clearance for TattoosBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. It is important for individuals and businesses in the entertainment and video game industries to be aware of the licensing requirements related to the use, display and reproduction of an entertainer, celebrity, athlete, or other social media influencer’s tattoos and other “body art.” In […]