Music Law Update: It's Not About Just the Recordings Anymore

For the times they are a-changin' - Bob Dylan

It's no secret that since 1999, the high water mark in terms of sales volume for recorded music, sales revenue has been cut roughly in half due to the disruption caused by internet distribution (legal and illegal) and now by streaming services. 

In fact revenue is so scarce that recording artists are getting extremely creative in devising ways to great cash. 

For example, Gene Simmons (yes that Gene Simmons) will personally travel to your house - at his own expense - to deliver a 150 song boxed set.  The price tag? $2,000.00.

For my musician clients, this story is actually a very important statement about how the revenue in the music industry has evaporated.

While this seems like an outrageous publicity stunt, this goes to show that you have to turn to non-traditional techniques to raise money. I.e. if you can't sell records on their own, then pair the records with some other "experience" that will entice your fans to pay you. Could it be a culinary event? Wine or beer tasting?

The subtext here is that the marketplace doesn't value recorded music the same way it once did. As creators, that is a hard truth that isn't easy to accept.  Some out of the box thinking can go a long way to help generate revenue to support your artistic career. 

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A New Video Series: Tuk's Rules

Communication is so vastly different today than it was even 5 years ago.  In an effort to stay ahead of the curve and communicate effectively to the business leaders of today, TLO presents a periodic video series entitled Tuk's Rules, on the TLO YouTube Channel, which you can find right here. 

The videos are also hosted on the TLO Video page. 

Better yet, watch the most recent episode below for yourself right here....

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Many times, the sale of a business can set up your retirement if you can realize enough value from the transaction.  But how do you begin?

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The ability to publish your opinions to the entire world instantly is a powerful thing.  It can be very liberating, but can pose significant legal risks at the same time - especially when you are giving an opinion about specific person or business.  It has never been easier to defame someone, which could lead to significant legal liability for social media users who aren't responsible. 

Be sure to check out the most recent edition of Network Magazine, where my article entitled When in Doubt, Don't Tweet It Out is featured. 


SCOTUS Unanimously Upholds President's Authority on Immigration and EO 13780 in Part

In a country as politically divided as the United States is currently, a unanimous Supreme Court decision speaks volumes.  On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13769, Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, which aimed to put into place different protocols for vetting foreign nationals from entering the country, who originated from six "Countries of Concern" which is a US State Department designation.  The six countries relevant to EO 13769 were identified and designated during President Obama's second term.  Detailed analysis can be found here

Unsurprisingly, there were multiple and almost instantaneous federal lawsuits filed in the west coast federal courts aimed at blocking the implementation of EO 13769.  Rapidly, the President issued a second order, EO 13780, also titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, which was aimed at addressing the concerns raised by the litigation. 

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