How to Legally Sample Music

Overview of the Music Sampling Process
and Tips for Success in Getting Sample Clearances 

How to avoid copyright infringement claims when sampling music. Photo Credit: Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams.

Every musician, musical act, or performer gets their start performing […]

Basics of Loan-Out Companies for Entertainers in Music, Film, TV, and Arts  

Nearly every celebrity, musician, artist, band, group, or other entertainment professional that you know has what is called a “loan out company,” by which their personal services are provided to the public at large. A loan-out corporation is essentially a company that is formed for the purposes of employing the entertainer, whether […]

Commerce Clause and the Resale Art Market: California Artists May Soon Lose Right to Resale Royalties

California’s fine artists may soon be losing the right to resale royalties under the California Resale Royalties Act.  The federal court for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seemed to be persuaded to strike down the law during an April 8, 2014 hearing on a court case challenging the Resale Royalties Act. The […]

Do I Need an Entertainment Lawyer? How Entertainment Lawyers Work and When to Hire One

One of the biggest mistakes many artists, bands, and other talent make during the course of their entertainment careers is not getting legal help soon enough. Many aspiring authors, musicians, actors, producers, models, bands, and others often make the error of relying on their managers or agents to pair them up […]

Starting a Band – What are the Legal Issues?

Starting a band can be an exciting adventure.  However, if your bands wants to make money professionally,  there is more to think about other than simply making music.  Having discussions about how the business is to be conducted while everyone is getting along will help establish the responsibilities of each band […]

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