Joint licensing for smes

Proposed Introduction Of Joint Licensing For Small Businesses “Thousands of small businesses across the UK are required to have two music licences from two different organisations and two invoices to play the same pieces of music for their employees and customers”. The statement released as part of the independent ‘Digital Copyright Exchange feasibility study –…

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Live Music 2012 Licensing burden reduced

Live Music Act 2012 To Reduce Licensing Burden For Live Music The Live Music Act 2012, passed 8th March, is likely to come into force this autumn and will have great significance for the live music industry1.  Under this amendment of the Licensing Act 2003, premises with a capacity under 200 persons will no longer…

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Adele and the brits

BRIT Awards 2012 nominations look set for a continuation of Adele’s Grammy win celebration this week. With excitement building for the Brit Awards 2012 this week, British music is on a continuing high following Adele’s haul at the Grammy’s last week.  The poster-girl for British music picked up an incredible 6 Grammys including ‘Record of…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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