This guidebook, written by a specialist music lawyer, is an invaluable resource for anyone working in music. As well as offering general advice for artists, managers and producers, it provides a step-by-step guide to understanding the basic concept of copyright including performance rights and moral rights and the use of music in film and television.
Other topics covered include commissioning composers, identifying the correct owner of the copyrights embodied in the work and clearing rights in individual tracks (sampling). The role of collecting societies and the unions is also explained.
Additionally this book offers a wealth of information for those working in film and television. A powerful soundtrack can make an average film great; a poor soundtrack will make a great film OK. At worst, the wrong soundtrack will completely ruin your project. However, not clearing the rights will certainly kill it! So why do so many producers get it wrong and find themselves in trouble? Music copyright is a complex area of media law. However, take comfort in the knowledge that even the best producers/directors sometimes get it wrong – ask Quentin Tarantino!
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