George Michael in the news reminds me….

George Michael in the news reminds me of George’s attempts back in 1994 to extricate him from his music contract with Sony. Michael’s attempts failed (btw) reinforced the importance of negotiating agreements with individuals. Even if legal advice is provided (which is a must) any management company must take care to rule out the possibility…


Recording Rights

Recording rights are defined under s185 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. An “exclusive recording contract” is simply a contract between a performer and another where that person is entitled exclusively to make recordings of the artist’s performances for exploitation. It follows therefore that a “person having recording rights” is a person who…


Contracts with minors

Artists are often young people or children and as a result the rules relating to minors are of particular importance to music contracts. The definition of a minor is simply a person under the age of 18 (Family Law Reform Act 1969 s 1). Contract law dictates that a contract with a minor is voidable…


Space 1999 The music

Derek Wadsworth composer of the music for Space 1999 sadly died but his children are seeking damages for lost royalties
Space 1999 can be seen on you tube and here


PRS Traffic Light Proposal

The Performing Rights Society (PRS) For Music has released proposals under which search engines will highlight sites that offer illegal content. Basically if a website offers legal downloads then search results will be highlighted green and if the website offers illegal downloads then search results will be highlighted red. The idea behind this ‘traffic light’…


Axl Rose in court again!

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has been involved in yet another court case. This time Axl was on the receiving end of a claim filed by ‘Front Line Management’. The claim was for breach of contract in respect of an oral management agreement allegedly made with Axl back in 2008. The agreement was allegedly…