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.
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.
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.