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Music: The Business: The Essential Guide to the Law and the Deals
Music Law refers to legal aspects of the music industry, and certain legal aspects in other sectors of the entertainment industry. The music industry includes record labels , music publishers, merchandisers, the live events sector and of course performers and artists. The terms "music law" and "entertainment law", along with "business affairs", are used by the music and entertainment industry and should not be thought of as academic definitions. Indeed, music law covers a range of traditional legal subjects including intellectual property law copyright law, trademarks , image publicity rights, design rights , competition law , bankruptcy law , contract law , defamation and, for the live events industry, immigration law , health and safety law , and licensing. Publishing is the primary source of income for musicians writing their own music. Often, songwriters will work for a musical ensemble to help them with musical aspects of the composition, but here again, the writer of the song is the owner of it and will own the copyrights in the song and thus will be entitled to the publishing revenues. Copyrights in compositions are not the same as sound recordings.
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This essential and highly acclaimed guide, now updated and revised in its seventh edition, explains the business of the British music industry. Drawing on her extensive experience as a media lawyer, Ann Harrison offers a unique, expert opinion on the deals, the contracts and the business as a whole. She examines in detail the changing face of the music industry and provides absorbing and up-to-date case studies. Fully revised and updated. Ann Harrison runs her own successful legal consultancy.
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