On October 11, 2018, the Music Modernization Act was signed into law. The CLASSICS Act, which ultimately became part of the Music Modernization Act, is an acronym for “Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society.” The CLASSICS Act was consolidated into the Music Modernization Act on April 10, 2018, which
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
By: Anjana Puri As many filmmakers know, it takes a lot more than a strong screenplay, powerful cast and innovative artistic vision to take a great story from paper to the big screen. So, what is the magical movie-making ingredient? MONEY, pure and simple.
By: Elizabeth Vulaj If you’re a singer or songwriter, chances are you’ve been influenced by other artists’ work. In the past few years, a number of musicians have filed lawsuits against other performers for copyright infringement, claiming that their songs have been copied. But so many artists are inspired by the rhythms, lyrics, and compositions
By: Leah Norod The news has been alight with disastrous tales of Fyre Festival, the unforgettable musical experience that never was. Unsurprisingly, the festival has been hit with multiple lawsuits and more are likely in the pipeline. To add fuel to the fire, the festival’s pitch deck was leaked and the internet has wasted no time
By: Anjana Puri You’ve spent a lot of time writing and rewriting your work. You’ve also sent it out to others for feedback and to gauge their interest. Often there is no telling what people will do with your work once they receive it. What are some ways you can protect your script?
By: Leah Norod The independent game developer doesn’t need to be told how valuable it is to protect their work. However, many choose to take short cuts, use online contract generators or proceed on handshakes. Developers work hard to create complex worlds and innovative ideas in gaming, and now more than ever it’s important to be
By: Anjana Puri Are you creating a video, movie, commercial or video game? Have you ever wondered how to legally include music in your work? Here’s how you can do this. To avoid stealing, or violating a musician’s copyright, you can obtain a license.
By: Marie Smith & Shaliz Sadig Romano You’ve met a talent agent, and you think it might help your entertainment career. Unlike a talent manager whose principal duty is to advise and manage your career, an agent’s role is primarily focused on helping you find work. Agents also assist in making connections and negotiating contracts.
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