Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording, part of Music Law: Managing a Band's Business.
- As I mentioned in the previous video,…there are two copyrights associated with music.…A song copyright and a sound recording copyright.…Here I'll primarily discuss the sound recording copyright.…Under copyright law, anyone who makes…a material creative contribution to a recording…is a co-author and co-owner…of the resulting sound recording copyright.…Your band owns the sound recording copyright…unless you have transferred or assigned the rights,…for example, to a record company.…
When others are involved in the recording process,…your band's copyright interest…in the sound recording may be effected.…Here are some tips to best protect your band's rights.…Recording studios.…A recording studio cannot claim an ownership…in your music, simply because…the recording was made there.…There are two exceptions.…A, studio employees arrange your music…or perform on your recordings.…Or b, the studio records your band on spec…in return for a piece of the recording.…
If a studio employee makes a material contribution…to your recording, you can guarantee your rights…
It starts with what it means to be the manager of a band, and what types of business structures are available for bands. Once you've decided on a business structure, you can create a band partnership agreement that covers voting rights, postbreakup scenarios, new members, and terms for resolving disputes. Richard also exposes potential sources of disputes, like ownership of the band name, songs, equipment, and recordings. He includes advice on negotiating solid band contracts and managing financial basics: taxes, income, cash flow, and bookkeeping. Finally, he'll address how to protect your work, including your copyrights, band name, and songs, and explains how to find a lawyer—and save money on attorney fees.
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- Putting together a band partnership agreement
- Working out ownership disputes
- Limiting band liability
- Protecting your copyrights and band name
- Hiring a lawyer