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

My First Gold Record!!

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I arrived home from Mexico to my first gold record!!!! I always thought it would come from rocking. Turns out it’s from my other passion: being an entertainment lawyer. Huge congrats to my friends in July Talk and at Sleepless Records!! Honoured.

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

KD Chosen as Music & Law Columnist for SOCAN

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Received some great news this morning. I’ve been writing articles on the music industry for years, sharing them here and getting them published every now and then in magazines like Canadian Musician and DRUM! Magazine in the US. Today’s breakthrough is particularly special, as I’ve been a songwriter for most of my life. SOCAN has chosen me to be their … Read More