Tagged with Music licensing

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

The Trademark of Friendship

The Trademark of Friendship

Southern girls are known for many things. Big hair, impeccable manners, and the ability to pull together a shower, tea, tailgate or dinner party at a moment’s notice, complete with delicious food and sweet tea. We also know the proper times when “Bless your heart” is a genuine statement of concern and when it is … Continue reading

Walking the Legal Tightrope in Film

Walking the Legal Tightrope in Film

This past week I have been busy preparing for a talk I am giving at Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson, Mississippi.  It is a great festival complete with good food, good music, great movies and wonderful southern hospitality.  For my film industry readers,  you should consider submitting your projects to this festival.  You can find out … 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