Music Licensing for Restaurants, Nightclubs and Bars

Copyright Law: Music Licensing for Restaurants, Nightclubs and BarsBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. When operating a business, it is important for an owner to be aware of how restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and other hospitality enterprises can legally play music for its guests. Specifically, a public performance license must be obtained by the venue owner from […]

Copyright of Dance Choreography

Music Law: Copyright of Dance ChoreographyBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Over the years, there has been an on-going public debate regarding the copyright protection afforded to the “creator” of a dance. This includes a dispute brought by Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air actor, Alfonso Ribeiro for his “Carlton Dance” against game developer, Epic Games. Furthermore, several […]

What Is SoundExchange? Why You Should Sign-Up?

Music Law: What Is SoundExchange And Why You Should Sign-Up?By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. In today’s music business, a musician needs to understand and receive all the various streams of revenue that they are entitled to for their musical works. However, many of today’s artists are uninformed as to what royalties they are entitled to; […]

“Beats For Sale.” Now What? – Some Legal Issues

Music Law: “Beats For Sale.” Now What? A Look At Some Of The Legal IssuesBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. The rapid rise of the internet and the ease of world-wide instant peer-to-peer communications have provided many upcoming artists with new opportunities to monetize their unreleased, original works.  The use of social media and the internet […]

Bands, Brands and Artist Names – Own Them Or Risk Losing Them.

Trademark Law: Bands, Brands and Artist Names – Own Them Or Risk Losing Them.By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. An artist, band or brand name is one of the most important, if not, the most important feature in an individual’s career. Therefore, ownership and prior proper clearance of a particular name is prudent; and, generally, the […]

Digital Hometaping Royalties (DART) Royalties

Music Law: What is The AARC and Digital Hometaping Royalties (DART) Royalties and ClaimsBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Excerpts from “What is The AARC?” 56 Journal of the Copyright Society 213 (2008) by Justin M. Jacobson. What is the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies? What is the AARC? The Audio Home Recording Act of […]

Why Do You Need A Band Member Agreement?

Music Law: Why A Band Member Agreement? – Reasons & ConsiderationsBy 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 […]

Why A Songwriter “Split Sheet” Just Isn’t Enough?

Music Law: Are You Co-Writing Songs? Why A “Split Sheet” Just Isn’t EnoughBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. For some unexplained reason, frequently when artists go into the recording studio to work on a track together, they typically sign a “split sheet” and think it suffices. In reality, the traditional songwriter “split sheet” could merely be […]

Assess Your Assets: What Entertainers And Athletes Need To Protect Themselves

Assess Your Assets: What Entertainers And Athletes Need To Protect ThemselvesBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Picture this, you’re an unmarried professional athlete, no spouse; but, you have three children with three different women and no will. Upon your death chaos ensues, as no specific individual is seen as your “surviving spouse” under the law; so, […]

“Record Deals” – Recording Agreements

The Artist & Recording Label Relationship – A Look At Standard Record “Deal” or Recording ContractBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Another important document in the talent industry is the agreement that governs the artist (talent) and recording label relationship. This article is an examination of a few selected clauses from a standard recording industry agreement, […]