On Thursday, November 17th from 4-6PM PST we'll be hosting a live workshop with Dr. E. Michael Harrington. Cost to register is $20. You may register on the workshops page here.
Dr. E. Michael Harrington, music copyright law consultant and expert witness, will answer questions and discuss new options and revenue streams for performers who are backing musicians on recordings, as well as performers who are also songwriters, co-writers, singer/songwriters, live musicians and band leaders.
Much has changed for musicians since 1995 when the “Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act” became federal law in the United States. The most important change? EVERY performer on a recording – whether the performer wrote the song or not - is entitled to payment each time her/his recording is played on satellite radio, Internet radio and cable channels. Yet very few musicians know about this new federally-granted right and register to collect these performance royalties.
More good news – this new performance right will likely be extended to all U. S. terrestrial radio performances (AM & FM) in 2012. (This performance right already exists in most countries outside of the United States.)
We will also discuss other important topics for performers, such as:
What constitutes copyrightable expression? When is a performer’s solo in a recording substantial enough for the performer to be considered a composer/songwriter and entitled to receive composition royalties?
For a performer who did not write the song, what are the important differences between recording that song in the United States as opposed to recording in Canada or other countries outside the United States? What rights does a performer have outside the U. S. that he/she does not have in the U. S.? (Hint – some very important rights!)
Other questions including:
To what extent can someone imitate your playing style and/or sound?
To what extent can you imitate someone else’s playing style and/or sound?
How does one copyright a song?
How does one register a copyright?
Why should one register a copyright?
How do you know if someone infringed your song?
What should you do if you think your song has been infringed?
What should you do if you are accused of infringing a song?
What does a publisher do and does a songwriter need a publisher?
What are the most common copyright “myths” and why is it important to better understand copyright and music?
Dr. E. Michael Harrington is a consultant in music copyright and intellectual property matters, who also serves on the faculty of William Paterson University.
He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Forbes, PBS, the TODAY Show, NPR, Billboard, USA Today, Salon, XM Radio, Rolling Stone, Money Magazine, People Magazine, Life Magazine, Readers' Digest, and others.
He has worked as consultant and expert witness in hundreds of music copyright matters involving director Steven Spielberg, producer Mark Burnett, the Dixie Chicks, Woody Guthrie, Steve Perry, Keith Urban, HBO, Collin Raye, Tupac Shakur, Lady Gaga, George Clinton, Mariah Carey and others. He has also delivered more than 100 lectures throughout North America to organizations including Harvard Law, Yale Law, Berklee, and NYU.
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