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The Music Modernization Act and What it Means for You
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By Brett Manchel brett@jayaramlaw.com The Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) was signed into law on October 11, 2018. The law reflects bipartisan revisions to the Copyright Act, which had its last major overhauls some 20 years ago or so (copyright term extension and the DMCA).  Politically speaking, the MMA started off as a bit of a brawl, fueled by technologies and…

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Don’t Sing to These Tunes – Music Industry Legal Help
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By Brett Manchel brett@jayaramlaw.com Most of the artists I speak with have done their fair share of research on the music industry and come to me with technical questions about how to set up a band’s legal entity or to review a management contract, for example. I think it is great that musicians are looking at themselves as business-owners –…

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I’ll Cover You – How Copyright Laws Affect Cover Bands
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By Brett Manchel brett@jayaramlaw.com   One of Chicago’s many claims to fame is its many summer street festivals. These block parties always feature music, and you can definitely count on at least one cover band playing a show. Sometimes, the songs played are obscure, old, or b-sides. How did a little cover band playing street fairs get permission from the…

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The Blurred Lines of Sampling in Music, or, Can It Be All So Simple?
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By Brett Manchel brett@jayaramlaw.com   Trivia question: what do Cardi B and Barbra Streisand have in common? Besides both being successful women in the music industry in their own right, you might think not much. But how’s this for a history lesson: Start with the song The Way We Were (from the 1973 movie of the same name), written by…

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Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums…and Trademark Attorney?
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Stone Temple Pilots By Brett Manchel brett@jayaramlaw.com   As anyone who’s ever recorded music or been on tour can tell you, putting together and album or a show takes a lot of people. Not to toot our own horn here, but if you want to keep performing under your chosen moniker, you might need some help from a trademark attorney.…

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A NY Court Reaffirmed the Importance and Value of Public Art – What that Means for Our Clients
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By Brett A. Manchel brett@jayaramlaw.com   If you’re a painter, filmmaker, photographer, or musician, copyright is essential to making your art your business. Copyright law protects your work and ensures you and your family can make a sustainable living. Valuing art for its worth to the public is nothing new – it was even on the minds of the Founding…

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Music Copyright 101
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If you’re a big music fan like me (and at least as old) you remember the days of buying CDs, watching music videos on MTV, and downloading songs from Napster. Of course, these things have given way to buying digital tracks on iTunes, watching videos on YouTube, and streaming songs on Spotify. A lot has changed for the music industry,…

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