Love Your What?
November 3rd is “Love Your Lawyer Day.” It’s one of those made up celebratory days appearing on your calendar, and leaving you to wonder, “who came up with that?” (FYI – Some organization called American Lawyers Public Image Association created the unofficial day back in 2001).
I am also willing to bet musician Rachel Baiman has never heard of the “Love Your Lawyer Day.” Nonetheless, merely a week after the official celebration date the talented singer and multi-instrumentalist out of Nashville hit the stage at Gundlach Bundschu in Sonoma with a little surprise for yours truly. (more…)
The following article attempts and explain the recent trends, as well as, some of the pros and cons of entering into a license agreement in today’s entertainment industry.
As the various business models of the entertainment industry continue to reinvent themselves almost on a daily basis, one prevailing trend is the growing use of licensing. More entertainment product is now self-produced by artists than ever before. The “Studio System” and “Major Label” business models are quickly becoming obsolete. Industry professionals continue to ask; are these changes the result of the economy, backlash against the ‘old systems’, or technology changes? The answer probably lies somewhere in the murky gray area known as “a combination of all of the above”. The point is, change is here, and change means an influx in the use of licensing throughout the entrainment industry as the shift continues toward independent production. (more…)
Can you just imagine the cost to clear the rights for an album like the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique? The Dust Brothers dumped the kitchen sink into the Beastie’s landmark album in the days before Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records Inc.; the landmark lawsuit against Biz Markie by Gilbert O’Sullivan, which changed the process and future of hip-hop sampling.
Lawsuits and controversy aside, we’ll probably never see sampled albums as they were back in the mid-1980s, but that doesn’t mean that sampling is gone. It’s often harder to recognize sampling. Sometimes the sample just doesn’t fit the traditional hip-hop model, and sometimes the sample is so technologically manipulated that it’s unrecognizable.
Shopping your music, film and book projects through an attorney is a double-edged sword.
Here’s the reality behind “shopping”…
Record labels, Film & TV Studios and Book Publishers never accept UNSOLICITED demo, script or manuscript submissions. This includes submissions sent from the artist directly, or from an attorney or agent.