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Music Biz 2017 - Day 1 Blog

Now that Music Biz 2017 has kicked off, I have decided to share my experience from this years informative music conference organized by the Music Business Association. The first day of the conference provided two avenues for attendees; an Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, and a Digital Service Workshop. Each day I will give my biggest take aways from the days event.

The entertainment law seminar covered a range of topics that are very critical to todays legal landscape.

  • ISP (Internet Service Providers) has a stronghold on the music industry. Though we don't here much from our internet service providers and what parts they play in the game, they have a lot of power.
  • As much slack as Spotify gets for not paying artists, they still pay three times as much as YouTube. Even though music is listened through YouTube more than Spotify.
  • Copyright your stuff, and know what PRO (Performance Rights Organization) works best for you.
  • I think it's safe to say that everyone wants songwriters and IP (Intelectual Property) owners to get all all the money they deserve, but I'm not sure if there will ever be an agreement in copyright laws amongst the industry. Even in a non legal setting there was much opposition on the same panel with lawyers that claim they want whats best for the industry.
  • The music industry has a true maverick in US Congresswoman, Marsha Blackburn. She is really fighting for the songwriters and artists to get paid through the, Fair Play - Fair Pay Act. She wants to "make certain when your music is getting played, you get payed."
  • If you had a hit song before 1978 you should look into reclaiming your copyright, or what is termed "Recapture". A lot of people don't try to reclaim their songs or renegotiate their contarcts with their publisher. However, it's complicated when it comes to the law of how much time you have to recapture. Do your research!
  • My biggest question for all these legal push are; Is the intent to help songwriters, or is it to influence litigation to make the lawyers richer? 

Come back tomorrow to get my Day 2 synopsis of Music Biz 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

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