Do Artists Need Spotify?

By: Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. I often am asked for my thoughts on Spotify and whether artists need it. Adele and Taylor Swift are not on Spotify and sell millions of albums. These artists are already big enough that they will sell albums regardless of whether they are on Spotify. …

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What is a Contract Term?

By: Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. A “term” of a contract usually refers to the length of time an agreement covers. For example, two parties may decide to work together for a period of three years, thus the contract would have a “three year term.” Sometimes, the term is broken up …

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What’s the Difference Between a Music Library and a Music Publisher?

Music libraries have exploded in popularity since musicians and composers discovered synchronization (“sync”) placements as an opportunity to make money and gain exposure in the music business. However, songwriters are often confused about the differences between music libraries and music publishers, especially because many libraries are trying to cross over …

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What You Need to Know About Shopping

By: Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. A common and long-standing frustration amongst musicians is getting their music heard. Most companies do not accept unsolicited material and require any submissions to be through an artist representative they know and trust. Companies do this to try to protect themselves from claims of copyright …

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How Much Should an Attorney Cost?

  By:  Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net An attorney’s advice could make the difference for you between a successful and a nonexistent music career. Legal fees aren’t cheap, but they’re a worthy expense in your career progress. The cost of attorneys does vary due to a variety …

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Contract Language Explained: “In all media now known or hereafter devised”

By:  Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. It’s possible that you have seen or heard of the contract phrase “in all media now known or hereafter devised” or some similar variation. In music contracts, this language is usually used to define in what media your music can be used.  This phrase allows a …

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Why Posting a Cover Song on YouTube is Copyright Infringement

by Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. New artists trying to get discovered will frequently cover famous songs and upload videos of them performing these songs on YouTube. Many artists do not realize that without securing the proper permissions, posting a cover song on YouTube is actually copyright infringement. User-generated cover song …

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Everything You Need to Know About Using Album Artwork

Artists seem to have a lot of confusion as to what artwork can and cannot be used on album covers and also who owns album artwork. In this article, I will cover the most common sources of album artwork and how that artwork is owned. For the sake of convenience, …

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