Taylor Swift Fights For Royalty Rights

Taylor Swift Fights for Royalty Rights

As one of the most influential members of the music industry, Swift continues to battle the music streaming revolution and fights for artists’ royalty rights. Taylor Swift – artists either love or hate her, but as of late they must certainly respect her.  The multi-platinum artist took it upon herself to stand up to the corporate giant that is Apple…

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Band Partnership Agreements

Band Partnership Agreements

Avoiding Turmoil within the Band: Band Partnership Agreements No band wishes to argue amongst themselves about the expectations each of the band members hold. How committed are the band members? Are your bandmates truly serious about acting together professionally for the furtherance of the band? How will the bandmembers divide up the credit for your music? Who is in charge…

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Music Sampling Cases Of The 90s

Music Sampling Cases of the 90s

Learn from famous musicians’ sampling mistakes by always crediting your samples. We are constantly being told to learn from the past, and I am writing this post to give musicians a chance to do just that. The following cases of the early 90s serve as a snapshot into the ways that copyright issues such as music sampling affected popular musicians…

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Is Florida Overstepping Privacy?

Is Florida Overstepping Privacy?

Is Florida Overstepping Privacy to Prevent Piracy? Starting July 1st Florida’s recently passed, “True Origin of Digital Goods Act” goes into effect. The passage of this act adds to the general discussion we are having as a nation about internet privacy and security. Specifically, we must ask to what extent are we willing to go to stop internet music piracy?…

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Plagiarism: Just Don’t Do It!

Plagiarism: Just Don’t Do It!

Be careful what you say in public, are your words really your words? If not, you may be exposed to a lawsuit for intellectual theft. Plagiarism is the act of using the words or ideas of another and passing them off as your own.  Give credit when credit is due, it will save you a lot of hassle. Plagiarism is…

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“Blurred Lines” Vs. “Got To Give It Up”

“Blurred Lines” Vs. “Got To Give It Up”

The Legal Battle Over Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” As it stands, the legal decision reached in the battle over Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” could potentially open the floodgates for copyright infringement suit. Just months ago, the legal battle between the writers of the hit song “Blurred Lines” and Marvin Gaye’s family was finally put to rest. This suit, which ultimately…

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Ask A Local Band

Ask a Local Band

King's Dream Speech Causes Copyright Nightmare When is the last time you have heard Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech? For most of us, it has been a very long time. The famous speech is a fiercely guarded and copyrighted work. The likes of CBS, USA Today, and even PBS have been ordered by courts not only…

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The Blurred Lines

The Blurred Lines

The Blurred Lines Between Social Media Usage and Intellectual Property Rights  Artist Richard Prince selects photos he finds off of Instagram, makes minor manipulations and blows them up, then displays them in galleries and sells them for profit – all without asking permission from or providing compensation for the photos’ rightful owners. The balance that exists between publicizing one’s art…

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Sampling Music: Even One Second Is TOO Much

Sampling Music: Even One Second is TOO Much

Did you know that sampling even one second of another musician’s work is illegal? Sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece. Have you ever heard a song and thought it meshed well with what you were creating and…

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The Song Writer Equality Act Of 2015

The Song Writer Equality Act of 2015

Why you should care about The Song Writer Equity Act of 2015 Songwriters have two main sources of revenue to make money from their compositions. They have the right to perform their works publicly and the right to sell reproductions of their songs. Songwriters and composers are not being paid fairly for reproductions of their works due to gaps in…

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