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legal representation for musicians and bands


If you need a music lawyer to help you with any of the following, contact us to discuss our low flat rate legal fees (for non-litigation transactional services) or to discuss our litigation services.  We can help with the following types of cases and legal issues:

  • Creation of LLC or corporation
  • Band agreements (ex. song splits, voting rights) (the best time to enter into a contract is when you are all friends)
  • Draft and review recording agreements, publishing agreements, soundtrack agreements, management contracts
  • Copyright licensing agreements (license your song, lyics and composition to video games, films, YouTube channels, documentaries, movies, software programs, websites, mobile applications and more.
  • Producer and production contracts
  • Registration of film, video, music, lyrics, ringtones, songs, recordings, and other copyrights (make sure you own the legal rights to your music)
  • Registration of trademarks (ex. protect your band name, logos, slogans, stage names)
  • Management and booking agent contracts
  • Concert tours (venue agreements) - make sure you are getting paid.
  • Parody songs (protected by the First Amendment) (Parodies can be tricky - like "shooting at the king," you better not miss.)
  • Concert sponsorship agreements
  • Artist endorsement agreements
  • Record label contracts (call us before YOU SIGN YOUR RIGHTS AWAY)
  • Copyright reversion and recapture
  • Independent contractor agreements for music professionals
  • Video director and production company agreements
  • Documents to form a publishing company or record label
  • Trademark infringement (someone using your band, or stage name, or cybersquatting on your domain name)
  • Legal issues dealing with ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Warner Chappell Music Corp. or SoundExchange
  • Copyright infringement – someone using your song, lyrics, without your permission.
  • Seeking written authorization to publicly perform cover songs or other copyrighted content
  • Band "exit" agreements (band member wants out, what now?)
  • Right of Publicity legal issues (who will control your name, image or likeness)?
  • Artist and musician representation (record label interested in signing you and/or your band? Get music counsel!)
  • Copyright fair use for bar performers
  • Infringement of music compositions
  • Royalty disputes (ex. failure to be paid your royalties)
  • Co-writer song rights (ex. who owns the music copyright?)
  • Public performance agreements (ex. copyright clearance to sing song at weddings, parties, dance, festival, bar mitzvah or other event)
  • DMCA take down notices (someone posting your music clip online without your consent)?
  • Cease and desist letters
  • BlastMyTunes” music discovery service for new artists
  • Social media disputes (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Soundcloud, Reddit, etc.)
  • Work for hire agreements (and copyright assignments)
  • Can I use music in my podcast?

Contact us to discuss other items that may not be on this list.  We have experience in a wide range of business, intellectual property and entertainment law issues.

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10 Important Music Law Cases

Here is a blog post I wrote about ten famous legal cases dealing with music law.

  • Campbell v. Acuff Rose

  • Grand Upright Music v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

  • Griffin v. Sheeran

  • John Fogerty v. Fantasy, Inc.

  • Marvin Gaye Estate v. Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams

  • Metallica v. Napster

  • Midler v. Ford Motor Company

  • Roc-a-fella Records, Inc v. Damon Dash

  • Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin

  • Vanilla Ice v. Queen and David Bowie 

Note: These decisions may not be final, accurate, or may be subject to reversal on appeal.  For entertainment purposes only.

What does "royalty-free" really mean?

Music Law Blogs

  1. Essential ingredients to a band agreement
  2. Overview of music licensing agreements
  3. Can you copyright protect a jingle?
  4. How to copyright choreography (dance moves in a music video or theater production)
  5. Music infringement cases involving MIXING / SAMPLING. 
  6. Can you get sued for performing unlicensed music in public? [ASCAP / BMI demand letters]
  7. How can I buy a music portfolio or catalog of a dead artist? 
  8. What is the mechanical licensing collective?
  9. How to terminate and recapture your music copyrights.
  10. What you need to know before submitting your songs to a contest site.
  11. What are the top music domains (ex. .music or .artist) 
  12. What you need to know about a "synch" license
  13. Can I use a person's AI voice in my songRight of Publicity issue in California.
  14. Music glossary: the top 25 legal terms every artist should know the meaning of.
  15. Celebrity endorsement issues for the artist and musician.
  16. How to start a record label
  17. Music air use opinion letters.
  18. What is Sound Exchange?
  19. Music Royalty Disputes, what happens?
  20. What is the RIAA
  21. Parody music – how to pull it off!
  22. Artist-manager disputes
  23. Music Guild arbitrations (can you find out if there are any music associations that hold arbitrations)?
  24. Sued for infringement of sound, or music copyrights?  Overview of federal court infringement lawsuits.
  25. Can you copyright protect your artificial intelligence music mix?


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Before you dive into an agreement (usually out of excitement), make sure to have your contract reviewed.  You need to understand what you are getting yourself (and perhaps your band) into).  Who will own the intellectual property (composition)?  Who gets to control your name, image and likeness (call publicity rights), What will you be paid as a royalty?  What services will be provided, and how much do they charge for production costs, PR, social media costs, etc.?  The best money you can ever pay a lawyer is UP FRONT before there are problems, and not after you have a legal BLOWOUT.  

We have offices in Santa Monica (serving the greater Los Angeles area), Newport Beach (serving Orange County), San Francisco (serving Silicon Valley and the Bay area), and San Diego.  We also have two offices in Phoenix, Arizona, serving the entire state, from Flagstaff to Maricopa County.  

Call us to discuss your project at (877) 276-5084 or email us through our contact form  We offer low flat rate fees for most non-litigation cases and have over 15 years of legal experience.

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For more information, or to discuss your case or our experience and qualifications please contact us at (877) 276-5084. Please note that our firm does not represent you unless and until a written retainer agreement is signed, and any applicable legal fees are paid. All initial conversations are general in nature. Free consultations are limited to time and availability of counsel and will depend on the type of case you are calling about (no free consultations for other lawyers). All users and potential clients are bound by our Terms of Use Policies. We look forward to working with you!
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