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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Brand Sponsorship & Endorsement Agreements For Artists [PART 1]

[Editors Note: This article was written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. and is the first in a two-part series – read PART 2 here.]   With the evolution of the music business in today’s digital age of streaming and downloads; the ancillary income that musicians generate from brand sponsorship and endorsements have become of paramount importance […]

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A Brief Look At Live Performance Agreements [Part 2]

[Editors Note: This article was written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. For Part 1 of this series, click 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 live performance agreement. We will now briefly […]

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A Brief Look At Live Performance Agreements [Part 1]

[Editors Note: This article was written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Read Part 2 of this series here!]   While there has been a decline in recorded music sales, the live performance sphere of the music business continues to post substantial numbers. For example, in 2016, Billboard Magazine stated that “global “gross box-office revenue” exceeded […]

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So You Want a “Record Deal”? How To Legally Ensure An Artist Can Even Sign One

[Editors Note: This was written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq.]   While most musicians dream of getting signed to a major “record deal,” the days where a record label executive attends a show and signs an artist based on their performance are long gone. These days, that only occurs in the movies or on television. Instead, […]

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An Examination of the Songwriter & Music Publisher Relationship [PART 2]

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Read Part 1 of this series here. Justin is an entertainment and media attorney for The Jacobson Firm, P.C. in New York City. He also runs Label 55 and teaches music business at the Institute of Audio Research.] We will now continue our examination of some of […]

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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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A Look At 360 Agreements: “Multiple Rights Deals” [PART 2]

[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. It’s the second in a two-part series – read Part One here.] We will now continue our examination of some of the pros and cons of entering into a […]

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