When Should Musicians Incorporate? The Benefits of Incorporation for Musicians

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All successful musicians incorporate. It is really a question of “when” rather than “if”. The benefits of incorporation are huge, and the risks of not incorporating are bigger. Let’s examine why. Why Should Musicians Incorporate? The Benefits i) Tax Benefits If you have not incorporated and are playing music as an individual or group, you are a operating as a sole … Read More

How to Legally Post Cover Songs to YouTube

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YouTube is full of cover songs. From indie artists to toddlers to superstars, some of the most viewed videos on the Internet happen to be of cover songs. In the past week, I’ve been listening to and watching a ton of cover songs of the man himself, Leonard Cohen. [Fun fact: both Cohen’s and Jeff Buckley’s recordings of ‘Hallelujah’ were flops upon … Read More

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

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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, everyone from Shakespeare to the Beatles to Sam Smith has been accused of stealing ideas from those that came before … Read More

How Your Music Makes Money (Part Two) – The Songwriting Copyright

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How does your music make money in the modern world? While record sales are becoming less and less relevant, revenue streams generated from the Songwriting Copyright have greatly increased. This is because music is being used more now than ever before. This use generates money for the writers of the music. The revenue streams flowing from the Songwriting Copyright include: Public … Read More

How Your Music Makes Money (Part One) – The Sound Recording Copyright

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The Sound Recording Copyright ain’t what it used to be. Record sales are seriously down, and that’s an understatement. But there are numerous revenue streams that still flow from the Sound Recording Copyright. Are you making the most of your sound recordings? Major transformations in the music industry have occurred in the last decade that have completely altered how music is … Read More

Should Your Band Trademark Your Band Name?

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    Is it worthwhile for musicians to obtain a band trademark? When you think of bands like The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Metallica, the Ramones, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, KISS, and Iron Maiden, their logos and brands are immediately identifiable and familiar. These brands also happen to be worth millions. The trademark of a band name or logo serves to … Read More

Should Musicians Give Their Producer Songwriting Credit?

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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 Copyright. Record Points vs. Songwriting Points Rather than give their producer songwriting points, recording artists would traditionally give their producer … Read More