Entertainment Law

The embattled Trans-Pacific Partnership certainly has its share of detractors, but it seems Hollywood is not one of them. In fact, the film industry could benefit from the free trade deal if it is approved by the governments of the 12 member nations.  Mixed feelings towards the Trans-Pacific [...]

Business Law

What makes for a disparaging trademark? Disparaging band names may turn off potential listeners and dissuade retailers and online marketplaces from carrying albums, but when it comes to who may reject the group, the buck stops with the government. The ruling on the Washington Redskins’ [...]

Entertainment Law

What is the role of an artist manager? Two recent lawsuits highlighted dramatic portrayals of managers who may be described as somewhat imposing, which raises the question: What is the role of an artist manager in the music industry? According to the biopics “Straight Outta Compton” [...]

Entertainment Law

A recording deal isn’t the only contract that a musician will end up signing… Artists will often have to sign a recording studio contract as well.  There are several parts to a recording studio contract that musicians should understand. The contract lays out all of the rules that [...]

Entertainment Law

To mediate or arbitrate. That is the question. Recording artists and their labels often get into disputes over their contracts, and when this happens there are typically three options: Litigate, mediate or arbitrate. Often it is best, and less costly, to avoid the first option, so, what is the [...]

Entertainment Law

Every four years or so, a few musicians cause a stir when their music is played at political rallies as politicians often use songs without permission. Often times, any legal threats dissipate before they make it to court, but if a judge were to rule on such a case, there’s a chance the [...]

Entertainment Law

Organizing a music festival isn’t as simple as setting up a stage and amplifiers in the closest park. A venture such as this, is a business – and like any other – it requires plenty of attention and step-by-step planning to pull off effectively. As the music industry model [...]

Music Industry

The language of a record contract varies greatly, but a number of key clauses appear in most of them. The wording of the components of a record contract can lead to undesirable deals for artists who overlook the small details. The contractual provisions of each record deal require special [...]