The Song Remains Similar – Led Zeppelin and the Stairway to Heaven Plagiarism Trial

What constitutes music plagiarism? The line between inspiration and plagiarism is a fine one, and is the crucial distinction when it comes to music plagiarism. As I examined in my article here on the Robin Thicke vs. Marvin Gaye trial, … Continue reading

What is an Artist Development Deal, and Should You Sign One?

In the “glory days” of the recording industry (i.e. after Elvis, before the Internet), there was a very common type of deal offered by record labels called the Artist Development Deal, sometimes known as a “Demo Deal”. The idea was … Continue reading

Should Musicians Give Their Producer Songwriting Credit?

A very common question I get asked by my musician friends and clients is whether they should give their producer songwriting credit on songs they’ve produced. This question brings up a key distinction to be drawn between the Songwriting Copyright and the Sound Recording … Continue reading

KD Guest Lectures in Vancouver & Saskatoon

It’s been a busy month for me as a guest lecturer across Western Canada. I’d like to give a sincere thank you to my friends at The Recording Institute of Saskatoon (www.rais.ca), the Nimbus School of Recording and Media (www.nimbusrecording.com), … Continue reading