Month: September 2014

Tips on keeping in synch with music contracts

Evolving technologies such as synchronization — matching music-sound to visuals, such as multimedia or video — are further pushing change for the music industry: Multimedia music production now has become easier, faster, and snappier. This also means that musicians and Entertainment lawyers must know more about important elements in draft license agreements and rights in synchronization of music. Hypebot.com, a blog-website dedicated to music business news, has put up some helpful suggestions and a scan of some case law highlights the challenges that musicians may confront if they fail to protect their rights.  Music license agreements are complex but sync issues must addressed. Artists and their counsel, in doing so, can avert the prospects of  litigation, in which courts usually will uphold well-constructed contacts. In Bell v. Philadelphia International Records, the recording artist sued his recording company asserting breach of contract and fraud; there was nothing protecting the artist in the contract and the accord was not time-barred, leading the court to decline to find the contract unconscionable. Whereas, a well-drafted contract, may uphold itself in court.  In Music Dealers v. Sierra Bravo Corp., a music licensing company sued a software development company for breach of contract and fraud. The court denied defendant’s motion to dismiss because the corporation failed to argue that the alleged contract breaches were not part of the contract. However, the court did allow a...

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As the blog turns three, time for a refresh

With great thanks and appreciation to all the students, faculty, administration, and others in the community who have supported the Biederman Blog since its outset, now that the site has turned three years old and our hard-working editors have produced more than 500 posts, it was time for a refresh. This is still a work in progress. But as the blog has duly recorded, technology races ahead on us all, and our audiences may be accessing our content in evolving, robust ways — no longer just on a desktop computer, but likely on a tablet or hand-held mobile device. So the blog now incorporates responsive views, meaning this site should adjust and adapt for easy viewing on different browsers and web-enabled devices. If you detect bugs or gremlins in the site and think we may have missed them, please email us at: swlawblog@gmail.com. Our 2014 technology upgrade also allows the blog to resume its push to provide calendar and events listings to the Entertainment Law community. The many local bar associations, schools and universities, industry groups, and others conduct many and intriguing programs, conferences, and other events about Entertainment Law matters — and the site offers a forum to let other appropriate parties know about these. If you wish your event to be considered for the Biederman Blog Entertainment Law calendar, please send complete information, especially including a contact...

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