For Music Industry Clients

A substantial part of our music practice involves helping clients determine the licensing requirements for incorporating existing music into their projects and into their business models. While music law principles are not rocket science, they are not always intuitive. Our forte is explaining the real-life consequences of music law so our clients can make informed decisions consistent with their business objectives.

Description of Joy Butler’s Selected Projects on Music Industry Matters:

Music Recording and Music Publishing.  Counseled Gold Record artist/songwriter in (i) evaluation of existing recording and publishing contracts, (ii) determination of rights in song and recording catalog, and (iii) selection of agent for collection of foreign public performance royalties.

Music Publishing/Acquisition. Advised music industry professionals seeking to acquire and administer music catalog with respect to (i) steps required for exploitation of catalog and (ii) potential ownership problems with music assets being acquired.

Music Licensing/New Media. Advised cellular telephone company on the availability of and requirements for mechanical and performance licenses from music publishers and music rights organizations for cellular phone ringtones featuring existing songs.

Contracts/New Media. Worked with producer and distributor of original ringtones to draft collaboration/publishing agreement; release agreements for collaborators; and a studio release for freelance performances.

Enforcement of Publishing Rights/Record Label. Counseled major record company on its rights against another label and production company in the unauthorized sampling of a 1970 sound recording owned by the major record company.