On April 25, 2018, the U.S House of Representatives took its first steps towards music industry reform by unanimously passing the Music Modernization Act (MMA). This bill tackles the current, decades-old music licensing system, and attempts to bring it into the 21st Century. Although it currently awaits Senate approval, the MMA enjoys wide bipartisan
Morals clauses are typically called upon to allow employers to disassociate with talent or high-profile employees who exhibit bad behavior. The rapid growth of the #MeToo movement and a newfound zero tolerance attitude in entertainment and business has caused morals clauses to become more broad in scope, and for terminations under them to be
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“So, what were you making in your last position?” For many, that’s one of the most dreaded questions asked during a job interview or on an application. While your future employer may want to know all those details, it may seem unfair that your next salary could be determined by what you were making in
In Part 1 of this series, we dove into the exciting world of film finance by way of investments and securities. In this Part 2, we’re going to explore another avenue of raising money for your movie: donations and grants.
In December 2017, in a huge win for songwriters and publishers (and perhaps a loss to licensees like bar and restaurant owners) across the country, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that “fractional licensing” continues to be the appropriate method of licensing the performance rights of songs controlled by more than one performing rights
Many employees can look forward to spending more time with their loved ones in 2018. The New York State Paid Family Leave program went into effect on January 1, 2018. The program will now provide New Yorkers paid leave to care for a newborn child, a close relative with a serious health condition, or assist
When you’re signing agreements in entertainment, it’s important to read the fine print. There’s a pesky tendency for contracts to include a representation that all of the rights you’re granting are, in fact, yours to grant. It’s easy to gloss over, but it should really make you stop, think and take a step back. You’re
Startup companies need funding, and entrepreneurs are rarely eager to turn away potential sources of investment. Companies and entrepreneurs often see the initial appeal in using so-called “finders” to help them sell shares in their company to raise cash. Though not formally defined, a “finder” is typically an individual or company that receives compensation in
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