The Public Performance Right in Musical Compositions

On June 12th, 2010, Beame & Mencher LLP held Part One of the Songwriters Law Seminar at The Living Room in New York City. Part One, entitled Copyright & Collaboration, explored issues of copyright that affect songwriters and the mechanics of songwriter collaboration. During our discussion on the bundle of rights granted under the Copyright Act, we focused in on the right of public performance. To register for Part Two & Part Three, go to bmlawgroup.eventbrite.com. The following is a short clip from that part of the seminar:

The Songwriters Law Seminar is a three-part series exploring the business of music, songwriters, and music publishing. In part two of the seminar, we’ll introduce the role of the music publisher. This part explores the different types of publishing agreements and the particular deal points to be negotiated. We will also discuss the major deal terms of any licensing contract, focusing on licenses for film, television, commercial, and video games. At the conclusion of this seminar, we’ll discuss the importance of treating your career like a business and walk you through the steps for creating your own business as songwriter/self-publisher; and we’ll present the additional factors a business person should consider in creating a full-fledged publishing company.

  • The role of a music publisher.
  • Material contract terms of a co-publishing and administration agreement.
  • Other music licenses and the important deal points to negotiate.
  • Starting your own music company – business formation 101.

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