The U.S. Copyright Office Studying Effectiveness of Music Licensing

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By Jooyoung Koo, Esq. The U.S. Copyright Office has announced that it is studying to evaluate the effectiveness of the existing methods of licensing music.[i] The study will explore current methods and problems within the licensing framework for musical works (basically, compositions) and sound recordings, various distribution platforms, data standards, revenues and investment, and several […]

The Benefits of Copyright Registration

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?!?!?!?! By Jooyoung Koo, Esq. I am a lifelong musician. Since I was five, playing the piano and composing pieces of music have always inspired me. Music has been my own form of self-expression, my way of bringing joy, great solace, and richness to others. Once I create something on sheets of paper, it is […]

The Business of Being an Artist

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So, you’re an artist and want to turn what you love to do into a business. The idea can be daunting, especially if you have limited experience and resources and just have no idea where to start. In “The Business of Being an Artist,” Theresa Simpson of Garvey Schubert Barer and Gary Swearingen, in-house counsel for […]

Musicians’ Legal Mixtape – April 16, 2014

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Being in a band can leave you with Sweet Emotions or stuck in Heartbreak Hotel. Come hear promoter-turned-entertainment lawyer Joleen Winther Hughes and Seattle-based talent manager Mackenzie McAninch talk about key legal and business issues You Oughta Know so you can create your own sweet tunes and rebound quickly when it’s time to Go Your […]

GoldieBlox, License to Will

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In addition to the basic overview and fair use analysis, public perception of Girls and this case raises another issue that I want to address. There has been much talk of the Beastie Boys’ decision not to allow commercial advertising of their songs and the provision in Adam Yauch’s will to that effect. That discussion […]

GoldieBlox, Fighting for Your Right to Par~take (in unlicensed parodying)

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Feminism vs. creative control, parodists vs. rights holders, the ongoing GoldieBlox litigation has been cast in a variety of lights, each reflecting the preconceptions of the caster. Whatever one thinks of the relative moral standing of the parties, this case ultimately comes down to the perennial problem of determining what constitutes fair use. It raises […]

Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration

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As promised, this week I will discuss Federal Registrations of Trademarks. Before applying for a federal trademark ask yourselves, what is the scope of protection you want for your mark?  Do you intend to use your mark in interstate commerce i.e. do you sell your products in different states? With these questions in mind consider […]