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 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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Mechanical Licensing 101

[Editors Note: This article was written by y Justin M. Jacobson, Esq.] There are a variety of relevant and appropriate licenses required when releasing a song within the music industry. This article explores one of the most commonly acquired licenses, the mechanical license.  This type of license (the right or permission to do something) is […]

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First Time Releasing Music? (How To) Make Sure You Do It Right

[Editors note: this article was written by Justin M. Jacobson.] Once all the blood, sweat, tears, time, and money are invested into a musical work, it is now finally time for the artist to distribute the track. However, before a musician releases their song, they must be aware of a variety of matters to ensure […]

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