Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, best known for their time in The Turtles in which they recorded the hit song "Happy Together," have spent the past several years fighting a byzantine battle for the rights to get paid for their music being played by digital broadcasters, filing putative class actions in California, New York and Florida on behalf of artists with similar questions around their own catalogs. At issue is whether Volman and Kaylan, jointly represented in court under the name Flo & Eddie Inc. (which situates them as their own 'label' in the case), are due royalties from broadcasters for playing the music they recorded prior to 1972. In classic music industry fashion, the legalities at issue are kaleidoscopic in their complexity.
A decision from the UK High Court of Justice has ruled against Duran Duran over the band's attempt to reclaim, stateside, the publishing copyrights on over three dozen songs including some of their most well-known hits, "Hungry Like the Wolf." The ruling, however, may not amount to as much of a travesty for artists as it seems.
When performing a cyber threat assessment for any company, understanding who the potential attackers are, what their motives are, and the harm they are trying to inflict on a target are critical to creating resilient defenses. In the case of the entertainment industry, the company’s “crown jewels” that be subject to attack include intellectual property (IP) such as pre-release content or scripts; a broadcast feed; identifying information about customers and employees; sensitive e-mail; the ability to operate as a business by using computers; and, in some cases, credit card information.
Buddy Holly's widow has entrusted the publishing rights for the rock icon's influential catalog to BMG in a newly announced arrangement. This marks the first time since the singer's death in 1959 that someone other than Maria Elena Holly will be the custodian to Holly's song catalog and overall image.
This article co-authored by Katie Baron presents a practical guide to the opera commissioning process and related rights issues, illustrating the series of transactions that opera companies, composers and librettists may be required to enter into in order to premiere a new work.
The 2014 publication of the International Association of Entertainment Layers was greeted with great success at the Midem and SXSW music conferences this spring. The book focuses on how the advancement of new technologies that allow content to reach global audiences instantly have made it more important than ever for entertainment professionals to familiarize themselves with internationally recognized standards for copyright ownership and licensing.