If you’ve ever been hired or hired someone to perform creative services or to create an artistic or technical work, either orally or by signing on the dotted line, this is an article you should read.
Whether the deal terms are straightforward or complex,
Whether you’re dealing with your best friend or a faceless corporation and
Whether the negotiating process is informal or formal –
this article will give you a FRAMEWORK for thinking about what terms are crucial to you and what is open for discussion.
This framework is applicable to deals involving copyright, trademark, patents and publicity rights – essentially the entire spectrum of intellectual property.
In short – if you buy, sell or trade creative services or works, and the very thought of negotiating a deal gives you a massive migraine, you need a simple way to organize the deal points in your mind.
In addition to some aspirin, you need perspective and context.
Following up on "Writers' Strike Part 1," in which I discussed the basic "who" and "what" of the current strike by the WGA against the AMPTP - this article is geared toward giving some background information to understand where the current dispute comes from.
This Saturday, October 20th, is the Bay Area Music Business Seminar. California Lawyers for the Arts puts this event on annually for local musicians, songwriters, djs, producers, executives and lawyers to learn about the current state of the music industry and meet other like-minded people.
It will be at the SomArts Cultural Center at 934 Brannan Street. Check-in starts at 9 am, and will be followed by some great panels and workshops.
I will be on a panel at 11:30 am with Jeff Daniel (Rock River Music), Lisa Klein (OpTic NoiSe), Noah Perry (Merritt Sound) and moderated by attorney Val Hornstein. We will be discussing the ins and outs of licensing music in the digital age.