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Part 2: The Artist & Manager Relationship — A Look At Recording Industry Management Agreements By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. We will continue from our prior installment on “The Artist & Manager Relationship.” We will now explore some additional contract clauses included in most management agreements as well as a few negotiation tactics for these...
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Part 1: The Artist & Manager Relationship — A Look At Recording Industry Management Agreements By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. We will now begin a series of articles exploring several music business agreements.  The first agreement we will examine is the agreement that governs the artist (talent) and personal manager relationship.  An exploration of what...
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By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. The expansion of new technologies and the domination of social media as a means for distribution and mass marketing have caused an explosion of independent fashion designers creating their own brands.  From clothing to apparel and other related accessories, these new entrepreneurs are part of this new “do-it-yourself” movement, consisting...
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By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Continuing from our prior installment where we discussed copyright law and how it relates to the music industry, we should now briefly explore how trademark law is related to the music business. As they say on Madison Avenue, “it’s all about the name;” and, trademark law provides protection for a...
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By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. While every band dreams of making it big and one day sharing the stage at a sold-out arena, the trials and tribulations that they encounter on the way to the top can leave lasting impacts on the band members as well as shape their financial and musical fates for the...
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By The Jacobson Firm, P.C. – Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Excerpts from “What is The AARC?” 56 Journal of the Copyright Society 213 (2008) by Justin M. Jacobson. The Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 (A.H.R.A) imposes royalty payments on the manufacturing, importing, and distribution of daigital audio recording devices and digital audio recording media...
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By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. In today’s music business, a musician needs to understand and receive all the various streams of revenue that they are entitled to for their musical works.  However, many of today’s artists are uninformed as to what royalties they are entitled to; and, even more musicians are not properly registered nor...
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By: Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq. Website development and ownership can raise a number of unique Copyright and Trademark concerns that all potential website owners need to be aware of before they begin the process of creating their website.  From the initial act of choosing a domain name, to the development of a design, and to...
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By Jeffrey E. Jacobson & Justin M. Jacobson What is the difference between a trademark and a copyright? A copyright protects the expression of a creative idea, i.e. an image or sound recording; whereas, a trademark or servicemark is used to identify the source of goods or services, i.e. a brand or company name. Thus,...
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By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. In part 1, we explored the potential benefits an artist receives from establishing a business entity such as an LLC or corporation.  We also discussed some other administrative matters related to the operation and continued maintenance of these entities.  In this installment, we move forward to discuss the next steps...
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