The Trouble with Tunes – approaches to using music in podcasts (Podcast Movement 2019)

Gordon P. Firemark

I'll be outlining the various ways in which music can be used by podcasters, where the music may come from, and the complex web of copyright and licensing issues that have historically made using commercial music both difficult and costly. Thursday afternoon, I'll be presenting my talk at Podcast Movement in Orlando.

What are the Rules for Using Music Even Your Own Music in a Podcast – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

What are the rules for using music (even your own music) in a podcast. So, one of the most common questions that comes up when I talk to podcasters about their legal obligations and rights, has to do with music. Sometimes, they want to use pre-existing music, and don't understand why it's so hard or impossible. And sometimes, they're actually creating their own music, and still have concerns and questions. VIDEO: [link].

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'Girl Meets World' Star Sued by Ex-Music Managers

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The lawsuit centers on revenue from the Disney star's music. Music Television Music THR Onlineread more. THR, Esq.

Charlie Walk's Lawyers Threaten Music Blogger Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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The exec's attorney wants music industry blogger Bob Lefsetz to retract his statements. Music Music THR Online nsfsread more. THR, Esq.

@musictechpolicy Podcast: Eight Mile Style Sues Spotify Under Music Modernization Act

Music Technology Policy

Chris Castle discussion of Eight Mile Style lawsuit against Spotify under Music Modernization Act (driving with dogs series). MTP Podcasts Music Modernization Act Uncategorized Eight Mile Style litigation Reachback Safe HarborEight Mile Style v. Spotify Complaint.

Music Labels Sue Fit Radio for "Massive Scale" Copyright Infringement

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Music Music THR OnlineThe labels say the fitness app is an unlicensed interactive streaming service. read more. THR, Esq.

Judge Allows Profits Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Drake Albums

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Music Music Business THR OnlineCash Money may have settled with Lil Wayne, but its legal problems — now Universal's — aren't over. read more. THR, Esq.

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Global Music Rights Takes Fire at Radio "Cartel"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Dueling antitrust claims could shake the music industry. Music Music THR Onlineread more. THR, Esq.

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. Here’s Jamie’s question: “I am researching the licensing needed for rehearsals, as well as recording live performances, for a children’s musical theater group, set up as an LLC, with monthly fees.

Can choir instructor photocopy purchased sheet music?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark answers a question about the rights to copy sheet music for use in a school setting. It deals with the rights to copy sheet music for use in a school setting. Q: Phil is a school vocal music instructor, who asks: If I purchase 30 pieces of choral music for use in my classroom, am I allowed to make 30 copies of that music to distribute to students so that they can annotate and edit according to our performance practices?

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Asked & Answered – Music in theatre

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, I answer a question about using music in the theatre. This question and answer brought to you by: Asked & Answered – Music in theatre is a post from: Law Offices of Gordon P. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. It is not a substitute for a private, independent consultation with an attorney selected to advise you after a full investigation of the facts and law relevant to your matter.

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Pandemic: Force Majeure Contracts and Insurance in the Music Business

Music Technology Policy

In the case of Austin in particular, the city has long branded itself as the “Live Music Capitol of the World”. It is well to consider the larger impact on the wider music business if venues start getting shut down, tours cancelled and festivals sidelined. Digital music services would have us believe that the artist data they can generate helps with routing tours and that benefit makes up for low royalties. Pandemic Force majeure Music business insurance

Can Spotify Pull Off Music's Power Move?

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Business Music Tech Spotify THR Weekly Magazine InternationalThe Swedish streaming giant plots world domination, but it must navigate the obstacles that result from cutting corners in its quest for rapid growth. read more. THR, Esq.

Latest Draft of the Music Modernization Act

Music Technology Policy

The 2nd Draft of Music Modernization Act 3/22/18 was released publicly today. The first thing I noticed is that the tragic demonstration of the raw lobbying power of Big Tech: The litigation reach back safe harbor seems to still be in there which is designed to deny due process and other Constitutional protections to songwriters whose works are infringed prior to the enactment of the Music Modernization Act. Music Modernization Act

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Goliath Never Learns: Watch Out for Music Choice Duping Artists for Music Modernization Act in Senate

Music Technology Policy

This time it’s about preserving a subsidy for Music Choice’s cable music service. If you still have cable, you’ll probably find Music Choice in the highest numbered channels. Music Choice (like Pandora) gets to take advantage of the statutory license created by the Congress in 1998 for the use of your recordings in “noninteractive” digital services. Three of those preexisting services still exist today: SiriusXM, Musak and Music Choice.

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Quincy Jones' Royalty Trial Delayed Because of Sony Music Conflict

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Music Music THR OnlineTrial was originally set to begin Oct. read more. THR, Esq.

Music Blogger's Lawyer Fires Back at Charlie Walk Demand Letter

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Music Music THR Online nsfsLefsetz's piece was essentially a series of questions," writes Power Lawyer Howard King. Maybe your client answered them and didn't like the answers." read more. THR, Esq.

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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. This question and answer brought to you by: Asked & Answered – How to license music for low budget film is a post from: Law Offices of Gordon P. Is it wise to get a “Festival only license?” ” Or, should filmmakers get more comprehensive licenses. And, how the licensing request is made.

ESPN Reaches Settlement in Music Licensing Dispute

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The sports network sued BMI in February 2016, claiming that licensing demands for broadcasting ambient music were unreasonable. The Business Music Business THR Onlineread more. THR, Esq.

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City of Austin Music Office Launches Ground Breaking Census for the Austin Music Economy

Music Technology Policy

If you live outside of New York, Nashville or Los Angeles, how much do you really know about the needs of your local music community? (And, Even if you live in one of those “centers” ) Artists, songwriters, producers, live music–and all of the folks who make up our local business and contribute to the local economy. The Austin Music Office has commissioned a real census to get a meaningful handle on who contributes to the $1.6

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Spinrilla Lawsuit Sparks Bizarre Music Expert Fight

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Music Music THR Online"This matter is the very epitome of litigation paranoia." read more. THR, Esq.

The Copyright Office Should Set Conflict of Interest Policy for the MMA Musical Works Database

Music Technology Policy

Title I of the Music Modernization Act is clear about a few things, one of which is the creation of the “musical works database.” ” That database is for a specific purpose-it is to be used by the mechanical licensing collective in fulfilling its statutory mandate to “collect and distribute royalties from digital music providers for covered activities” under the new blanket license. Who Can Get a Copy of the Entire Musical Works Database?

Universal Music Sued Over "Baby Come Back" Royalties

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Music Music THR OnlineThe 1977 song is still actively licensed, according to the complaint, and has recently appeared in everything from 'The Simpsons' to Toyota commercials. read more. THR, Esq.

Sony Music Cuts Ties With Producer Dr. Luke Amid Kesha War

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Music Music Business THR OnlineHe's no longer the CEO of Kemosabe Records and the company asserts he no longer has authority to act on its behalf. read more. THR, Esq.

Nina Simone's Heirs Allege Sony Music Operates a Piracy Ring

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Music Music Business THR OnlineEighty albums of recorded Nina Simone performances are said in new court papers to have been put on iTunes and other digital venues without authorization. read more. THR, Esq.

Music Industry Majors Sue Hip-Hop Streaming Site Spinrilla

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“Spinrilla specializes in ripping off music creators by offering thousands of unlicensed sound recordings for free," says the RIAA. Music Music THR Onlineread more. THR, Esq.

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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. I’ll explore the various ways in which music is used in theatrical entertainment, from traditional- and jukebox musicals, to incidental, scene-change music, to concert and cabaret performance.

Music Publishers Win Major Copyright Fight Over Streaming of Legendary Rock Concerts

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Business Music Tech Business THR OnlineA federal judge concludes that Wolfgang's Vault lacked requisite license to stream hundreds of iconic songs. read more. THR, Esq.

Music Rights for a Live Show – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

TRANSCRIPT: Ben has a question about music rights for a live show he's planning… Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer common entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level. Ben wrote in with this: I am “planning” a musical variety show next year, with a variety of genres – the genres include- Country, Broadway, Gospel, Pop, Patriotic, Opera, Jazz and who knows what else.

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Enrique Iglesias Sues Universal Music Over Streaming Royalties

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Business Music Business THR OnlineThe Latin superstar alleges he's getting a small fraction of the 50 percent royalty rate he believes is dictated by contract. Expect more lawsuits on this front. read more. THR, Esq.

Universal Music Countersued In Battle Over In-Flight Music

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The music service Inflight claims the label “changed its tune” after permitting use of its songs for years. The Business Music Earshot THR Online THR, Esq. Universal Music Publishing Group Universal Music Group Business read more.

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Save the Date: Nov. 28 Music Modernization Act at the Dallas Bar Association

Music Technology Policy

If you’ll be in Dallas, Texas on November 28, I will be discussing the Music Modernization Act at a luncheon sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law Section. The talk will focus mostly on the Music Licensing Collective and Digital Licensee Coordinator in Title I, but will also cover the Wyden Loophole in Title II for pre-72 recordings. Music Modernization Act Speaking in Public

Music Listening Survey

Music Technology Policy

One of our friends created this survey to get some information on how you hear about, listen to and enjoy music. Given that Taylor Swift has focused the world’s attention on this issue, we thought it would be a good time to post this survey. Click here to take the survey on Survey Monkey

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How to get your music into film, TV, Video Games, etc.

Gordon P. Firemark

If you’ve wondered how composers and songwriters get noticed, and have their music licensed for use in movies, on television, in video games, and other media, you’re not alone. They asked a group of folks from the Guild of Music Supervisors to give their advice. Check out what they said here: Music Supervisors Sound Off on Getting Your Music into Film/TV. The post How to get your music into film, TV, Video Games, etc.

What you absolutely must know before you approach investors for your film / play / musical.

Gordon P. Firemark

I am often consulted by film and stage producers who tell me they’re ready to start work on raising the financing for their films/ plays/ musicals, or what-have-you, but often as not, as we get to work, it becomes clear that they’re not as ready as they think. You’re selling not just an opportunity to invest in any old business… You’re selling the chance to be a part of a film, play, musical or whatever.

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Irving Azoff and Other Top Managers and Artists form the Music Artists Coalition

Music Technology Policy

Despite that oddity, it’s refreshing to see the leaders of the music industry come together to form the Music Artists Coalition as a counterbalance to Big Tech and its counterpart, the MIC Coalition. Irving Azoff has demonstrated that he’s one of the only managers in the music business who is willing to take on these people in court and we applaud him for it. We have entered an era where Big Tech controls the purse strings for the Mechanical Licensing Collective.

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

Gordon P. Firemark

Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media. This workshop is part of CLA ‘s 4-Part Series, titled “ Music Industry Legal & Business Workshops.&#. This workshop will provide a brief overview of the current film and television music landscape, particularly in an era of shrinking budgets and fragmented audiences. Event: Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media is a post from: The Law Offices of Gordon P.

Goliath Never Learns: Watch Out for Music Choice Pushing Hillbilly Deal on Artists for Music Modernization Act in Senate

Music Technology Policy

This time it’s about preserving a subsidy for Music Choice’s cable music service. If you still have cable, you’ll probably find Music Choice in the highest numbered channels. Music Choice (like Pandora) gets to take advantage of the statutory license created by the Congress in 1998 for the use of your recordings in “noninteractive” digital services. Three of those preexisting services still exist today: SiriusXM, Musak and Music Choice.

Why I'm Mad at Getty Music

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Judge Certifies Class Action Against SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Music

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The Business Music Business THR OnlineThe satellite radio giant is facing a nightmare lawsuit over its performance of older songs. read more. THR, Esq.

The Music Modernization Act?s New Burdens for Labels Identifying Unmatched Songs ? Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

The Music Modernization Act is definitely the gift that keeps on giving. This is the retroactive safe harbor given effect on January 1, 2018 regardless of when the bill actually is passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President, the new safe harbor that prompted the lawsuit against Spotify by Wixen Music Publishing that was filed on December 29, 2017 after word leaked out about what was actually in the MMA. Music Modernization Act Uncategorized #irespectmusic A2IM

Music Modernization, Magic Tricks and More – Entertainment Law Update Episode 97

Gordon P. Firemark

The Music Modernization Act Passes the House and Includes the CLASSICS Act. ZORRO TURNABOUT: MUSICAL SUES ZPI. AND JUST A REMINDER YOU CAN TRADEMARK SMELLS. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post Music Modernization, Magic Tricks and More – Entertainment Law Update Episode 97 originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. The Music Modernization Act Passes the House and Includes the CLASSICS Act.

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Music Fan Survey Preliminary Results

Music Technology Policy

As some of you may have noticed, we are conducting a casual survey of music fans. While we are still collecting data, here’s an interim look at a couple of the results. I have to say that I’m not surprised by any of these results, but it is worth noting that some are wildly opposite to what some companies would have you believe (Pandora, Google, Sirius, Spotify

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