Josh is a business lawyer at TKHlaw.com who focuses on music, entertainment and intellectual property law. Josh regularly works with musicians, producers, djs, artists, film makers, writers and designers to protect their work product through entity formation, contract negotiations, license agreements, and copyright and trademark registration. Josh has negotiated on behalf of his clients to place their music in movies, television shows, video games, commercials, webcasts and compilations with other artists. In addition, Josh has extensive experience assisting film makers and musicians in their quest for private funding for their film and music projects. Josh regularly negotiates and drafts private placement offerings and all corresponding documents including operating agreements and subscription agreements.
Erin M. Jacobson, Esq.
Erin Jacobson is a breath of fresh air in the music industry. Optimistic, realistic, and forward thinking in this music world that is constantly changing. The things that don’t change are the loyalty, integrity and responsibility that create relationships that are real. I’ve been through a lot of challenges in my journey in the music business and Erin has truly had my back. She not only cares about giving you first rate legal representation, counsel, and services, she cares about your success. Look no further, she’s the real deal.
In addition to being named a Super Lawyers Rising Star and one of the Top Women Attorneys in Southern California, Ms. Jacobson is a frequent author and speaker, and has been featured in publications including Billboard and Forbes. She also blogs regularly about music industry issues. Ms. Jacobson also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP).
Harvard Law Today
On Sept. 15, Harvard Law School will host HLS in the Arts, a Bicentennial celebration of the creative contributions of members of the HLS community. John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law Susan Crawford will be among the artists showcasing their talents during an evening of performances. Her research explores the intersection of communications, technology, and the law, with a special focus on city governments. Crawford describes herself as a “technological humanist.” She recently completed a book manuscript, entitled Reaching for Light: Fiber Optic Networks and the Electrification of Connections, which she says is “about the economic growth and social justice deficits created by the appalling state of Internet access in America.” Crawford has played the violin and viola for decades.
Being a Lawyer Is Easier Than Being a Musician
I think you can be an artist anywhere, even in the United States, if your passion is strong enough to drive you. Enduring sacrifice is part of the job. But you need money to eat and pay the rent, and the same headwinds that face working-class Americans -- stagnant or declining income, increased costs of housing and health care -- have long been pushing against those who make their living in the arts. And raising a family is expensive for everyone.
We know that in the past a label was supposed to be a one stop shop, with a massive amount of employees handling everything from A&R to press to accounting for its signed musicians. With the decline of the label system the number of employees at labels feel as dramatically as the number of records sold at Tower Records. Thus, the services once offered by a label were no longer present. The displaced label personnel did not simply bury their heads in the sand. Rather, they started showing up as specialty boutiques offering the specific services they once provided to labels direct to the musicians or independent labels. Because the music industry is still based on who you knew, these boutiques served a pretty powerful purpose for quite some time. For example a boutique full of ex-Warner Brothers PR experts could utilize all of the same contacts it once had at a label directly to musicians for a discounted price (lower overhead).
Lawyer 4 Musicians
When you collaborate with your own band, the most successful and conflict-avoiding method is to divide it up equally. Four members of the band, each band member gets 25% of the composition. Another method is to split the writer’s share by splitting the lyric writer and the melody writer (assuming they are different people). If one person wrote the lyrics and one person brought the melody, then each gets 50%. This is not to suggest that certain bands use a completely different method. Several famous large bands had one writer, with the other band members following the lead of that writer. Nothing has to be set in stone. One song could be written by everyone and another by only one member. It really depends on the situation. So, unless you have an agreement in place that dictates how all songs will be split, no matter what, you should approach each song with a clean slate.
Lawyer 4 Musicians
Hello. I was recently screwed over and am trying to find out what I can do about it. I joined a band, and immediately recorded four songs with them. I did not pay for the recording of these four songs. I was in the band for about 5 months and then recorded five more songs. For the recording of the second group of songs, I paid $150. A day after paying the 150, I was kicked out of the band. All the songs were written by the guitar player and he has them copyrighted. I asked for my money back and he said that I would not be listed on the recordings if I got it back, because it would be as if he paid me(in reality that would mean I did it for free). He did say he would give me 150 worth of them when they were ready, which he did not do.
The first four songs came out on a limited edition vinyl ep, and also a full length came out with the first four songs, as well as the five that we did on a later date. He put my name on the vinyl (the songs I did not pay for) but did not put my name on the full length, even tho I actually put in my own money for the recording and am featured playing bass in all of the songs on it. Is he allowed to do this legally and what can I do about this situation?
A Toronto entertainment lawyer can assemble a fair band agreement, which will be used to decide things like earnings percentages, future earnings, what happens in case of termination, which members might have more say when it comes to making decisions, band naming rights, and more. Essentially, what a band agreement does is put the exact groundwork into place that will serve as a road map to the decision-making process. Coming to an agreement like this can be time consuming and strenuous, which is why a musicians lawyer is a necessity.
8 Celebrities who are also Lawyers
Now this is a surprise. Who would have thought that the notorious host of the Jerry Springer Show is actually a lawyer? For those who do not know him, Jerry Springer runs this controversial talk show where he usually interviews two people who hate each other’s guts. An example of this would be a wife and her husband’s mistress. The interview would usually end up in a terrible brawl between the two. Jerry Springer studied law in Northwestern University. In fact, he was the political campaign adviser of Robert F. Kennedy. He also worked for a law firm in Cincinnati. While he was a practicing lawyer, he was also a news commentator for a certain law-based radio program. That was where he started his show biz career. His knack for controversial issues paved the way for his rise as a controversial TV personality. Come to think of it, Jerry Springer presently makes a living out of people’s misery. He cajoles people into fighting each other. I guess his present career isn’t far off from the legal profession after all.