The temporary injunction blocking the unofficial Prince release has been extended, but it will cost the estate a $1 million bond.

Last month Ian Boxill, a producer who worked with Prince between 2006 and 2008, intended to put out a new six track EP featuring previously unreleased Prince music. The release was planned to mark the first anniversary of the late musician’s death. Boxill planned to put the EP out through an independent record label and…

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Music Copyright Basics

Copyright it a type of intellectual property right that subsists in different types of works. Music involves copyright in many ways, for example, a song may have copyright existing in the actual sound recording, the same song will have copyright in the lyrics and the arrangement of the notes of the music will also be…

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Undue influence

Im often asked about contracts that bands or songwriters sign which they consider to be unfair. The law with regard to the validity of agreements in restraint of trade was fully considered by this House in Esso Petroleum Co. Ltd. v. Harper’s Garage (Stourport) Ltd. [1968] A.C. 269 Here it was held that the terms of the agreement…

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Macca looks to but all Beatle’s tracks

The great Paul McCartney has begun the process of regaining control of his share of the US publishing rights in the Beatles’ catalogue. The publishing is currently owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, but US law allows living artists to apply to take back the right 56 years after initial publication, meaning the Lennon-McCartney catalogue becomes…

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PRS signs deal with Spotify

The deal is for two years Ben McEwen, PRS for Music’s Head of Online said: “We are excited to continue working with Spotify, a relationship that allows millions of users across the globe to enjoy our members’ repertoire. The prodigious growth of Spotify is helping to shape a strong future for dynamic, legitimate streaming services,…

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Band Agreements

A topic brought up at this year’s Great Escape Festival in Brighton surrounded the use of ‘band agreements’. Many bands and acts begin with the best intentions but the majority will at some point fall out over legal or monetary rights to the works created. A plethora of examples of standard band agreements can be…

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