Digital music downloads

Digital music downloads have new regulation. Those parts of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the “Act”) that relate to digital music retail – streaming and downloading, and eCommerce websites will come into force 01st October 2015.

For those eCommerce businesses (retailers including those on Amazon, EBay and other third party websites) that comply with The Consumer Contracts (information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (the “2013 Regulations”) governing cancellations of purchases via websites and the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulation 2011 (amends the 2008 Unfair Trading Regulations) (the “2011 Regulations), the Act is to be read in conjunction with the 2013 and 2011 Regulations.

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Song writing credits copyright splits?

Song writing credits copyright splits where recently clarified by the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in the Touch Sensitive Case. About a month ago, on the 20 May 2015, Miss Recorder Amanda Michaels sitting as deputy enterprise judge at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court handed down judgment in yet another dispute issued in the IPEC regarding song writing credits and royalty splits. The case is called (1) Minder Music Limited (2) Julia Adamson -and- Steven Sharples [2015] EWHC 1454 Minder Music Limited was the first claimant, Julia Adamson the second and Steven Sharples the defendant.

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5 Ways To Make It In Today’s Music Industry

Its official! The major music labels have abandoned the traditional business model where the goal is to sell music. With the emergence of successful streaming services like Spotify, Google Play Music, Yala Music, Deezer, and probably twenty-plus others, it is impossible for a company to make money if it depends solely on consumers purchasing music. Not only are sales (both physical and digital downloads) down, but the revenue generated through streaming services is only a fraction of what sales use to generate back in the “good ole days”.

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Music royalties

Music royalties and copyright are the music industry’s currency. Although the concept of copyright and music royalties might appear straightforward, in fact the development and adjustments of music copyright, and licensing systems has changed significantly over the years. And although much of the traditional legal framework is still in place the music industry has and is undergoing significant changes.

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Promoter contracts

Promoter contracts govern the relationship between the promoter and the booking agent, venue, contractor, venue, artist or other promoters. A promoter acts as intermediary between a booking agent, venue, contractor, and the artist/other promoters. By artists I mean performance artists including: singers, DJ’s, dancers, actors, models, poets, conductors, choreographers, magicians and broadcast journalists.

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The Story Behind Katy Perry’s Rise To Fame

This business case analysis explores the theme of the building and shaping of the ‘brand’ that is Katy Perry; the ‘pushing’ of her music the ‘product’, through the mass media to a particular demographic, from which her fan base developed and evolved. Eventually achieving substantial record sales and profit (Lathrop and Pettingrew, 1999). The commercial success of Katy Perry is beyond dispute, she is the first artist to ever have at least one song ranked in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 for a full year (Rolling Stone, 2011). She has received 60 prestigious music awards and is reputed to have amassed a personal fortune of $48 million from the time of her Christian roots and debut album with Red Hill Records. She started writing and singing her own songs from just 15 years old (Celebrity net worth, 2011).

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Music Publishing

To understand how it all works the following is a typical scenario for music publishing lawyers.

Meenie, Miney and Mo are songwriters professionally known as the Head-bangers (HB). Beakless Woodpecker UK Limited (BWL) is a music publisher based in Notting Hill Gate London W11. BWL wants HB to supply them exclusively with a number of previously unreleased songs.

In return for HB fulfilling their obligations under the publishing agreement, including assigning their rights in the songs to BWL, HB & BWL will earn the following royalties and fees.

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Music Production

The first thing to clarify is that there is a difference between the sound recording, which is the mastered track, and the musical composition. The mastered track incorporates the musical composition. However the properties that make up the finished mastered track are treated separately for copyright purposes i.e. the songwriter and the singer each have their own rights. The singer owns the copyright in the sound recording, and the songwriter owns the copyright in the musical composition. Some artists are the authors of both the musical composition and the sound recording, and so are entitled to the rights that are attached to both properties. Every time a mastered track is copied both rights holders are entitled to royalties. The licence for copying of the mastered sound recording is called a mechanical licence.

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Music Management

Traditionally, artists’ managers had a more intimate relationship with artists, taking care of the business side of things, whilst the artists concentrated on making music. The manager would usually take a back seat, preferring to be behind the scenes dealing with the day-to-day running of artists’ business affairs.

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Copyright Recorded Music

This report discusses the future of copyright recorded music law in relation to the recorded music industry. The way we access, produce, distribute, store and consume recorded music has changed dramatically with the introduction of the internet. This change has meant that the current copyright laws have to be brought in line with the consumer`s change in perception of choice and access to recorded music. Adapting copyright law to meet the perception of choice and access to recorded music is proving controversial.

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