At some point in your career as a musician, you may find yourself in need
of a music lawyer. Unfortunately, if you don't know what music lawyers do, you
may not recognize the need when it comes along. To help you out, we have
assembled a brief synopsis of what a music lawyer is and the kind of cases they
can help with.
Music lawyers, also called Entertainment lawyers, specialize in the area
of the law that deals with the entertainment industry. While many of these
lawyers also work with laws pertaining to television, movies and other
entertainment media, some of these attorneys focus their efforts specifically on
the field of music.
They commonly handle cases associated with contract issues, recording
issues, copyright infringement and licensing issues. They often handle cases for
both recording artists, music publishing companies, distribution companies and
recording labels so it is always best to make certain that you research any
music attorney you may be considering to avoid a conflict of interests.
Music Law covers a very wide scope of matters. Examples of cases where a
music lawyer might be necessary include:
If the recording company you signed with has broken the terms of your
If a music publishing or distribution company is offering your song for
sale without your consent.
If an advertising company is using your song to advertise products without
When peer to peer network users infringe on your copyrights, (See RIAA
versus The People) you may be eligible for reimbursement for your losses through
the court system.
While we all hope that we will never need the services of a music
attorney, it is a very distinct possibility for many talented musicians. When
the time comes that you need the services of a music attorney, knowing what
their function is and the type of cases they handle can be very important.
Learn how to avoid being taken advantage of by greedy record label owners,
managers, promoters and others. Visit the world's largest free
music industry community,
Music Biz Center at
http://www.MusicBizCenter.com to learn more.