Tagged with music business

A Halloween Copyright Horror Story

A Halloween Copyright Horror Story

What’s the one thing that can send chills down the spine of any copyright attorney? A $5 million judgment against your client for a music copyright case. This past week, the video depositions of Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were released for public consumption.  The case represents the reason why you do not want to … Continue reading

The Eye of Music Copyright Law

The Eye of Music Copyright Law

There is this urban myth I hear all the time.  “If I just “use a few seconds” of a song then it is fair use, and I do not need a license.”  I deliberately chose the word “myth” because it is just that – a myth.  As a very general rule, most use of music requires … Continue reading

This Sick Trademarked Beat

I know. We ALL love Taylor Swift. Whether you really love her or you love to hate her, the truth is what she does in media and music gets attention. And, I love when stuff like this happens. My Twitter feed and phone blew up yesterday when the news story was released that Taylor had, … Continue reading

Top 5 Tips for Licensing Film Content

You’ve finally done it.  You have financed, filmed and are busy finalizing your first independent film.  Congratulations! All that is left for you to do is finish the edit, license these few pesky photos and music and color correct. Then, you’ll be on your way next year to the Academy Awards.  Before you start writing … Continue reading

Feature Friday – Susan Marshall

Feature Friday – Susan Marshall

My Feature Friday for this week is vocalist and performer Susan Marshall! Susan has over 100 albums to her credit and has performed with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, North Mississippi Allstars, and Lucinda Williams – just to name a few.  She also was the songwriter for one of the songs on Katharine McPhee’s debut album. … Continue reading

FREE Music Licensing for Film

Nothing quite takes a film to that next level like great music. Last week GRAMMY® winning artist Moby announced the re-launch of Moby Gratis. The site will function to seamlessly license Moby’s music to independent filmmakers, student projects and non-profit film productions. Click on the video below for details from Moby himself. This is great … Continue reading