Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Licensing Music For Kids Performance School

Gordon P. Firemark

Jamie wrote in with an interesting question about music licensing in theatre… Hi, I am Gordon Firemark and this is asked and answered, where I take your entertainment law questions so you can get your career and business in entertainment to the next level. TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com.

Asked & Answered – How to license music for low budget film

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark answers a question about licensing music on a shoestring. Is it wise to get a “Festival only license?” ” Or, should filmmakers get more comprehensive licenses. And, how the licensing request is made.

Is Copyright Registration Required Before Licensing – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

Does a song have to be registered with the copyright office before you can obtain a license to use it in your film or other project? Clearing a piece of music simply involves tracking down the rightful owner or owners and getting the required permission in the form of a license.

Event: Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media

Gordon P. Firemark

Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media. We’ll navigate typical composing and licensing agreements, shed light on strategies for negotiating the best possible deal, and highlight the most common pitfalls.

Artist Rights Watch COUNTDOWN TO MODERNITY (11/23): Key Dates and Accomplishments for the Mechanical Licensing Collective Under the Music Modernization Act

Music Technology Policy

As best we can tell from the outside looking in, this chart has the dates for key events in the critical path to launch for the Mechanical Licensing Collective as required by the Music Modernization Act. ” Recall that the Register of Copyrights gets to pick the entity to operate as the Mechanical Licensing Collective. So who’s behind the American Music Licensing Collective, exactly? The countdown to the License Availability Date: 770 days from now.

Just Seven Months to the Beginning of the License Renewal Cycle – Is Your Station Ready?

Broadcast Law Blog

As we have written before, the next license renewal cycle begins on June 1, 2019 , with radio stations in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia submitting their applications. Earlier this month, I conducted a webinar for several state broadcast associations to help stations in those states start to look at their operations to avoid issues that might otherwise come up in with their license renewals.

Asked & Answered – How to license film and video clips?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark answers a question about licensing film and video materials for online use. This question and answer brought to you by: Asked & Answered – How to license film and video clips?

Common Software Licensing Language at Issue in IP Dispute

New Media and Technology Law

Licensors of software typically utilize software license agreements providing for their ownership of the licensed software and related IP, as well as restrictions barring licensees from reverse engineering the code at issue. The scope of protection, of course, depends on the final language of the licensing agreement and disputes can arise when licensees decide to develop similar software in-house, or with a third party.

Music Rights and Licensing in Theatre (Free Webinar)

Gordon P. Firemark

This Friday, I’ll be presenting a webinar on music rights and licensing in theatre, Admission is free, and space is limited to 50 attendees.

“Successful” Licensing Models and the Opt Out: Music Licensing Study Comments

Music Technology Policy

Copyright Office is conducting a “ Music Licensing Study ” as part of the government’s overall review of the U.S. This post proposes allowing songwriters to “opt out” of the compulsory mechanical license required under Section 115 of the Copyright Act. One of the questions on the Copyright Office Roundtable Agenda is a discussion of successful licensing models. See Credit Check: Serial Bad Actors Should Lose Access to Compulsory Licenses.)

@crunchdigital: “Got Licenses?” — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

A funny but true short video from Crunch Digital that documents how app developers deal with music licensing! via @crunchdigital: “Got Licenses?” — Artist Rights Watch

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Controversial Bill On Music Licensing Has Nothing to Do with Small Business

Music Technology Policy

I dreamed up a startling new technique to attempt to divine whether the true purpose of the controversial Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act (or…”TIMLOA”?) Is it common in music licensing legislation to find such protections?

Michigan Radio Station Gives Up FCC License

Media Law Prof Blog

Lake Isabella/Mount Pleasant, Michigan, radio station WRAX-FM has surrendered its license to operate to the FCC, before the agency held a scheduled hearing on whether the station's license should be renewed.

Weekly Key Dates and Accomplishments for the Mechanical Licensing Collective Under the Music Modernization Act (11/30) by Artist Rights Watch (The “Countdown to Modernity”)

Music Technology Policy

As best we can tell from the outside looking in, this chart has the dates for key events in the critical path to launch for the Mechanical Licensing Collective as required by the Music Modernization Act. Recall that the Register of Copyrights gets to pick the entity to operate as the Mechanical Licensing Collective. Remember that the “initial administrative assessment shall be effective as of the license availability date” which is 1/1/21.

Congressional Database Obsession: The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act is Quietly Adding Cosponsors

Music Technology Policy

Sensenbrenner introduced the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act last year, we roundly criticized the bill as an 11th Century solution to a 21st Century problem, the Domesday Book meets a unicorn. With all the talk about the controversial Music Modernization Act, one would have thought that a pre-condition of introducing the bill is that the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act would have been withdrawn.

The Nature of Collective Licensing

Music Technology Policy

The fact is, if there wasn’t low transaction cost collective licensing like SoundExchange, someone would have invented it because of its inherent logic. It’s also one reason why we have form contracts for repetitive transactions and collective licensing for large numbers of property owners wishing to all make the same deal at the same time. One significant purpose of collective licensing in the U.S.

A Guide to the Department of Justice Ruling on “100% Licensing”

Music Technology Policy

All songs may be licensed under either ASCAP or BMI’s blanket licenses. All songs may be licensed under both SESAC and GMR’s blanket licenses. Obtain synchronization licenses from each party for their respective shares, as is current custom and practice. All songs may be licensed under either ASCAP or BMI’s blanket licenses. Obtain synchronization licenses from each party for their respective shares, as is current custom and practice.

Appeals Court Upholds Decision Allowing Fractional Licensing of Songs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

BMI scores a legal win over the Justice Department. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

“Arrogance at its Worst: The Constitutional Fallacy Underlying the DOJ 100% Licensing Decision

Music Technology Policy

cases frequently cited for this principle all involve voluntary licenses by one of the co-owners. None involved the heavy hand of the government forcing one of the co-writers to license over any other co-writer’s own objections. But don’t call it voluntary licenses.

The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act: The Domesday Book Meets A Unicorn — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

Sensenbrenner introduced a bill entitled “ The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act “, a piece of work that is Dickensian in its cruelty, bringing a whole new meaning to either “ newspeak ” or “draconian,” take your pick.

Why Has the Obama Department of Justice Gotten Stealthy on 100% Licensing?

Music Technology Policy

You probably didn’t know that the Obama Department of Justice has been conducting invitation only conference calls with songwriters about the DOJ’s proposed 100% licensing regime they’d like to impose by means of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.

MTP Podcast: Pallante Firing, DOJ Appeal of BMI 100% Licensing Ruling, and Artist Advocacy

Music Technology Policy

MTP Podcasts 100% Licensing DOJ Appeal Maria Pallante

@KRSfow: Future of What Podcast on the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act

Music Technology Policy

The “Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act” claims to make things easier for coffee shops, bars and restaurants who want to license music to play in their establishments. podcast the future of what kill rock stars transparency in music licensing and ownership music industry music business congress bill legislation future of music coalition.

License This, Not That

Media Law Prof Blog

It has been proposed that difficulties in negotiating cross-licenses John Howells, University of Aarhus, and Ron D. Katznelson, Bi-Level Technologies, have published The Coordination of Independently-Owned Vacuum Tube Patents in the Early Radio Alleged Patent ''Thicket''. Here is the abstract.

Grass Roots Licensing Of Youtube Fare

DealFatigue

Tags: traditional media caddyshack the simpsons Streaming self distribution leverage merchandise jason steele shorts charlie the unicorn Internet Licensing filmcow.com retail merchandise hot topic charlie the unicorn 2 UGC barriers to entry Rights animation music business youtube ancillary exploitation eyeballs Distribution flash animation content creator

Irving Azoff Song Licensing Outfit Gains Edge in Antitrust Battle With Radio Stations

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A magistrate judge potentially deals a blow to some 10,000 radio stations fighting licensing demands over songs by Bruce Springsteen, Prince, and Bruno Mars, among other superstars. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

2030 May Be The Year They’ll Take Your Driver's License Away

Digital Media Law

If they manage to get self-driving cars on the market by 2020 – as they’ve said they hope to – then I’d give human drivers another ten years before we all get our licenses pulled and registrations revoked. But my point is that the definition of “safely enough” will shift: when self-driving cars are safer than human drivers, at some point none of us humans will be deemed safe enough to worthy of a license. I think the government will get them, and your license too.

DOJ Ruling on 100% Licensing Denies Due Process to Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

In case you’re trying to figure out what in the world the Department of Justice is thinking with its recent ruling on 100% licensing for PROs, maybe a page of history is worth a volume of logic. Letter to Renata B. Hesse from MIC Coalition.

Funny How that Works: @edchristman reports: Irving Azoff, Top Radio Groups Reach Temporary Licensing Agreement

Music Technology Policy

So it is with Global Music Rights and the goliath Radio Music License Committee that itself is a member of the even bigger goliath MIC Coalition. (My 31 to sign an interim license agreement with GMR, which will cover them for playing the PROs songs through Sept. The MIC Coalition.

Jay-Z's Roc Nation Fires Back at Licensing Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The dispute centers on special edition New Era baseball caps. read more. THR, Esq. Style Style THR Online Jay Z

Shrinkwrap Licenses and IP

Media Law Prof Blog

Lemley, Stanford Law School, has published Intellectual Property and Shrinkwrap Licenses. Mark A. Here is the abstract. Intellectual property -- right, wrong, or indifferent -- is well on its way to becoming irrelevant in the computer world. The reason is

Grass Roots Licensing Of Youtube Fare

DealFatigue

Distribution Internet Licensing Notable Rights Streaming UGC ancillary exploitation animation barriers to entry caddyshack charlie the unicorn charlie the unicorn 2 content creator eyeballs filmcow.com flash animation hot topic jason steele leverage merchandise music business retail merchandise self distribution shorts the simpsons traditional media youtubeMy kids turned me on to “Charlie The Unicorn” shortly after it made its debut on youtube several years ago.

Grass Roots Licensing Of Youtube Fare

DealFatigue

Distribution Internet Licensing Notable Rights Streaming UGC ancillary exploitation animation barriers to entry caddyshack charlie the unicorn charlie the unicorn 2 content creator eyeballs filmcow.com flash animation hot topic jason steele leverage merchandise music business retail merchandise self distribution shorts the simpsons traditional media youtube My kids turned me on to “Charlie The Unicorn” shortly after it made its debut on youtube several years ago.

BMI Rate Court Judge Rules Against Dept. of Justice's '100 Percent' Licensing Decision

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

With the new ruling, fractional licensing is allowed under the consent decree the performing-rights organization operates under. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business Billboard

A must read post on @thetrichordist by @davidclowery: A Compromise Proposal to Fix Streaming Royalties,Licensing and Notification

Music Technology Policy

via @davidclowery: A Compromise Proposal to Fix Streaming Royalties,Licensing and Notification — Artist Rights Watch. irespectmusic campaign In a Goolag State of Mind Collective Licensing David Lowery Mass NOIsI have a feeling I’m about to wander off the reservation here. I say this because what I’m about to propose is essentially a modification of a potential legislative proposal that rumor has it the NMPA is floating.

The Detestable “DMCA License”

Music Technology Policy

We’ve referred a couple of times to the “DMCA license” a detestable phrase that I heard around the SXSW tech panels used as though it actually meant something. Corey Field went to the trouble of actually explaining why there is no such thing as a DMCA license without the serving of bile that accompanied my own. See “ The DMCA License

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Spotify’s Latest Wrong Turn: Direct Licenses With Managers for Rights They Don’t Control

Music Technology Policy

Billboard reports that Spotify’s latest and greatest is paying a minimum guarantee (aka an advance against royalties) for direct deals for artists: Under the terms of some of the deals, management firms can receive several hundred thousand dollars as an advance fee for agreeing to license a certain number of tracks by their independent acts directly to Spotify. They also typically do not (and should not) have the right to sign license agreements in the name of their artist clients.

A Guide to the Department of Justice Ruling on “100% Licensing”

Music Technology Policy

All songs may be licensed under either ASCAP or BMI’s blanket licenses. All songs may be licensed under both SESAC and GMR’s blanket licenses. Obtain synchronization licenses from each party for their respective shares, as is current custom and practice. All songs may be licensed under either ASCAP or BMI’s blanket licenses. Obtain synchronization licenses from each party for their respective shares, as is current custom and practice.

The MTP Podcast: The Consequences of DOJ’s New Rule on 100% Licensing with David Lowery, Steve Winogradsky and Chris Castle

Music Technology Policy

Department of Justice re-interpreting the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees to require 100% licensing and prohibiting partial withdrawal. –Will songwriters have to indemnify PROs for antitrust violations of failing to renegotiate licenses? –How DOJ’s new rule is actually anticompetitive and anticompetitive aspects of direct licensing. –Is DOJ rule Google’s payback to Pharrell Williams refusing to license for YouTube?

Margoni and Peters on Creative Commons Licenses

Media Law Prof Blog

Peters, Creative Commons, have published Creative Commons Licenses: Empowering Open Access. Thomas Margoni, University of Stirling School of Law, and Diane M. Here is the abstract. Open access (OA) is a concept that in recent years has acquired popularity and

COUNTDOWN TO MODERNITY (11/5/18)–The Progress to Production Chart for the Mechanical Licensing Collective

Music Technology Policy

COUNTDOWN TO MECHANICAL LICENSING COLLECTIVE LAUNCH. TO LICENSE AVAILABILITY DATE (1/1/21). SUBSTITUTION OF BLANKET LICENSE FOR ALL EXISTING COMPULSORY LICENSES. MLC=Mechanical Licensing Collective. LAD=License Availability Date.

FCC Reminder About Activation of the Online Public Inspection File – Potential Impact of Noncompliance at License Renewal Time

Broadcast Law Blog

If they have to activate your public file, they may note that they had to do so, and that may have consequences for license renewals that will be filed for radio starting next year. With license renewals for radio starting in June 2019 , a review of the online public file will likely be part of the FCC’s review of the renewal application. By March 1 of 2018, all radio stations were to have activated their online public file.

Viacom, Google on Same Copyright Page in Appellate Fight Over Music Licensing

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments whether the Justice Department is right to bar BMI from issuing fractional licenses. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Tech Business THR Online