Music Contract Law

A Record Deal’s “Re-recording Restriction” Clause and the Taylor Swift “Effect”

A Record Deal’s “Re-recording Restriction” Clause and the Taylor Swift “Effect”By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. With the continued success of Taylor Swift and her “Taylor’s version” re-recordings of her previously released tracks, the music industry is in a state of evolution as it relates to a record deal’s “re-recording restriction” provision. In fact, in response […]
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Live Performance and Appearance Agreements

Live Performance and Appearance Agreements for Musicians, DJs, Bands and Musical ActsBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. While there has been a decline in recorded music sales, the live performance sphere of the music business continues to post substantial numbers.  For example, in 2016, Billboard Magazine stated that global “gross box-office revenue” exceeded “$5.5 billion dollars.”   […]
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Brand Sponsorship and Endorsement Agreements For Musicians

Music Law: Brand Sponsorship and Endorsement Agreements For Musicians, DJs and BandsBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. This article examines the music publisher and its exclusive publishing agreement with a songwriter. In addition to the standard exclusive publishing agreement explored below, there are other types of related agreements a songwriter could potentially sign with a music […]
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Music Law: Publishing Deals – Songwriter and Music Publisher Agreements

Music Law: Publishing Deals – An Examination of the Songwriter and Music Publisher RelationshipBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. This article examines the music publisher and its exclusive publishing agreement with a songwriter. In addition to the standard exclusive publishing agreement explored below, there are other types of related agreements a songwriter could potentially sign with […]
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Music Law: Co-Publishing, Sub-Publishing, and Administration Agreements

Music Law: A Look At Co-Publishing, Sub-Publishing, and Administration AgreementsBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. A prior article examined the traditional songwriter and music publisher relationship, including reviewing some standard clauses that an artist would find in many publishing arrangements.  We will now explore a few other contractual relationships that can exist between a music publisher […]
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