Songwriters Law Seminar through 1st round of SXSW Panel Picker!

Beame & Mencher LLP recently submitted our Songwriters Law Seminar for consideration to SXSW2011. We made in through the 1st round! Read the description below, and then go to the SXSW Panel Picker to give our panel a “thumbs up”. Coming off a great NYC debut, the Songwriters Law Seminar is an informative presentation given by two very cool music lawyers. Visit the SXSW Panel Picker here.

Highlight from SLS: The Songwriters Agreement

The Songwriters Law Seminar is a comprehensive exploration into the business of music, songwriters, and music publishing. The presentation begins with an introduction of the role the U.S. Copyright Act plays in the music industry, including an explanation of the often-confused differences between songs and recordings. We will then identify the function of the music publisher in representing and promoting songs. This discussion will also outline the different publishing deals and the material terms of music publishing agreements. The seminar next advises attendees on how to establish their own publishing companies, from registering with a performing rights organization to creating a business entity from which to operate from; and then presents the material terms of music licensing opportunities (e.g. motion picture synchronization, video games, commercials). From here, we’ll discuss the role of the various music organizations – performing rights societies, the Harry Fox Agency, SoundExchange, and others – and learn how to take advantage of their services. Finally, we’ll examine the interaction of the recording contract on the rights of a songwriter, including the impact of the “standard” controlled composition clause on a singer-songwriter’s royalties and new rights demanded by record labels via the 360 deal that involve music publishing. This Songwriters Law Seminar is an excellent introduction into one of the most lucrative areas of the music business.

  1. How does Copyright Law apply to songwriting and collaboration; and how can I protect my ownership in my creations?
  2. What is a music publisher, when do I need one, and what are the material terms of a music publishing contract?
  3. Can I start my own publishing company, and what are the material terms of particular licensing opportunities (e.g. motion picture synchronization, video games, commercials)?
  4. Who are the various music organizations (PROs, Harry Fox, SoundExchange) and what role do they play in my career?
  5. How does a “Controlled Composition Clause” in a recording contract affect my rights as a singer-songwriter, and what is the impact of 360 deals (if any)?

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