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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Intellectual Property Law Protection of Comics, Cartoons, Anime, and Manga Works

Intellectual Property Law Protections for Comics, Cartoons, Anime, and Manga WorksBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Ranging from the characters from Marvel, Disney, Pokémon, Dragon Ball Z, South Park, Mario, SpongeBob SquarePants, Sailor Moon, and many other creative properties, today’s popular entertainment products feature a plethora of unique intellectual property (IP), including rights that exist in […]

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 […]