Taylor Swift and Big Machine: Contract Lessons for Independent Artists

In light of the pop star’s public contract disputes with record label Big Machine, entertainment attorney Justin Jacobson Esq. offers some contract takeaway for indie artists.

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Legal & Business Tips For Musicians On Twitch

While it may seem as easy as clicking a button to go “live” to the world, there are a myriad of business and legal considerations that a musician or other entertainer must consider in order to take full advantage of their digital streaming outlet as well as to best maximize the potential revenue that they could earn through this income stream.

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Music Sampling and Beat Licensing 101

Navigate the tricky world of sampling and beat licensing without risk of legal threats.

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A Look At Co-Publishing, Sub-Publishing, and Administration Agreements [Pt. 2]

[Editors Note: This article was written by Justin Jacobson, Esq. This is the second in a two-part installment reviewing different types of publishing agreements. To catch up on Part 1, click here.] In Part 1, we examined administration agreements and began looking at co-publishing deals. We will now look at additional matters related to co-publishing […]

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Copyrights 101

Get a better understanding for copyrights and what they mean for your music.

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A Look At Co-Publishing, Sub-Publishing, and Administration Agreements [Pt. 1]

[Editors Note:This article was written by Justin Jacobson, Esq. UPDATE: Check out Part 2 of this series here.] In a prior two-part series, we examined the traditional songwriter and music publisher relationship, including reviewing some standard clauses that an artist would find in many publishing arrangements. In this first installment, we will explore a few […]

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An Examination of the Songwriter & Music Publisher Relationship [PART 1]

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq.]   UPDATE: Read Part 2 of this series here! We will now examine the music publisher and its exclusive publishing agreement with a songwriter. In addition to the standard exclusive publishing agreement explored below, there are other types of related agreements a songwriter could […]

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An Updated Look at Neighboring Rights

[E[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Justin is an entertainment and media attorney for The Jacobson Firm, P.C. in New York City. In 2012, we published an article titled “Neighboring Rights: What They Are & Why They Matter”. This newest installment includes a current exploration of today’s neighboring […]

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Why and Where Does an Entertainment Attorney Fit?

[Editors Note: This article was written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. and it is not intended to be legal advice.]   Being that I’m an entertainment attorney, I would be remiss to not acknowledge the inherent bias in this article; however, whether you work with me or one of my colleagues around the globe, the […]

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Brand Sponsorship & Endorsement Agreements For Artists [PART 2]

[Editors Note: This is the second installment in a two-part series by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. – read PART 1 here.]   In addition to the considerations we addressed in part one of this piece, there are some other clauses an artist should be aware of and include in a sponsorship agreement. We will now […]

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