4 Legal Points to Consider for Your DIY Music Career

Our NYC and Miami Entertainment Law Firm advises and represents clients in all legal matters related to music, sports, television/film, visual and literary works, modeling, online matters, and intellectual property.

Music is a unique industry that is comprised of many companies and individuals that strive to create and sell music. Ever thought about a Diy music career? Those that are involved in this industry are the musicians who compose and perform the music, the companies or professionals who create and sell the recorded music, the individuals who present live performances, the professionals who assist the musician with their music career, the individuals who broadcast the music and many others. Starting your Diy music career, however, shifts you away from the typical path to stardom.

As we have discussed before in our previous posts, starting a music career on your own takes an extreme amount of dedication and effort. As entertainment attorneys, we must emphasize the importance of claiming ownership over your intellectual property, so you can be assured that no potential, legal mishaps will occur. Since this industry is specifically dependent on lawyer-drafted documents, we urge you consider four legal points that we have listed below.

1. Individuals who Create Additional Features Initially Owns the Copyright

Additional features can include the sound, logo-design, website design or cover-art photographs. Those who create these initially own the copyright for them. There are, however, exceptions to the rule. Copyright ownership cannot be claimed by individuals who are full-time employees or in a “work-for-hire” situation. Since they work for an employer, the copyright ownership goes directly to them.

2. All Documentation for Copyright Ownership Must be Done in Writing

Having all the necessary documentation in writing is a lifesaver. This would show irrefutable proof that copyright ownership in question belongs to you. Keep in mind that when you’re about to claim ownership to do it in a timely manner.

3. There are Always Two Copyrights in Each Piece of Recorded Music

The two copyrights that are present in recorded music are the composer copyright and the sound-recording copyright.

4. Seek Advice from a Qualified Music Attorney

To be successful following a DIY path to stardom, it is imperative that you seek advice from a qualified music attorney. In order to thrive in this industry, you need to have someone who is able to help you take full advantage of copyright laws.

Miami Entertainment Lawyers

Chase Lawyers is a boutique entertainment law firm that advises and represents clients in legal matters related to music, sports, television/film, visual and literary works, modeling, online matters and intellectual property. If you are planning a music career, contact our entertainment lawyers in Miami today to ensure your path to stardom is a smooth one!