Making It in the Music Business: The Business and Legal by Lee Wilson

By Lee Wilson

Either functional company handbook and prized criminal better half, this most recent variation of the best-selling advisor includes the forged thoughts and functional recommendation songwriters and performers have to live to tell the tale and thrive in modern day aggressive tune undefined. utilizing dozens of real-life examples, readers will locate up to date info on keeping off copyright infringement, operating successfully with managers and song attorneys, constructing administration and reserving agreements, and extra. This up-to-date variation is totally revised and increased with brand-new chapters at the do's and don'ts of beginning and operating a band, and the way to earn cash from tune. additionally it is improved fabric on web copyright concerns.

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By Lee Wilson

Either functional company handbook and prized criminal better half, this most recent variation of the best-selling advisor includes the forged thoughts and functional recommendation songwriters and performers have to live to tell the tale and thrive in modern day aggressive tune undefined. utilizing dozens of real-life examples, readers will locate up to date info on keeping off copyright infringement, operating successfully with managers and song attorneys, constructing administration and reserving agreements, and extra. This up-to-date variation is totally revised and increased with brand-new chapters at the do's and don'ts of beginning and operating a band, and the way to earn cash from tune. additionally it is improved fabric on web copyright concerns.

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That is, the court will throw it out because you did not file it within the prescribed three-year period. You snooze, you lose. If you win your copyright infringement suit, the court may issue a permanent injunction that prohibits any further use of the song that violates your copyright. It may order the seizure and destruction of any copies of the infringing song. It may award you “actual damages” (the profits the infringer made from the infringing song and the money you lost because of the infringement) or, alternately, “statutory damages” (a range of money damages the court is allowed to award you in lieu of actual damages), the expenses of the suit that you’ve had to pay, and attorneys’ fees.

Remember that the " symbol rather than the © symbol is used in copyright notice for sound recordings. However, don’t get confused and use the " symbol in copyright notice for a demo recording, when what you’re really claiming is copyright in the song itself, rather than the recorded version of the song. As a matter of fact, most songwriters and musicians will never really need to use the " symbol in copyright notice, because they will be concerned only with protecting the copyrights in their songs.

Songs were granted an initial twenty-eight-year term of copyright and a second twentyeight-year renewal term, for a total of fifty-six years of protection. To secure the second twenty-eight years of protection, copyright owners had to renew their registrations with the Copyright Office. Failure to renew a copyright registration resulted in loss of copyright protection for the song. The old system was cumbersome and often led to unfortunate circumstances for copyright owners. As a result, when the current copyright statute was being drafted, two important changes were written into the new law.

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