Montclair, NJ (August 18, 2015)—Providing readers with a peek at what may be around the corner, Hal Leonard Books has released a fourth edition of The Future of the Music Business.
In it, entertainment attorney Steve Gordon explains legal fundamentals including copyright law's application to the music business, basic forms of agreement such as recording, songwriting and management contracts, as well as the rules pertaining to digital streaming, downloading and Internet radio. The book also shows how much money is generated by each of these models, and details how the money flows to the principal stakeholders: artists, record labels, songwriters and music publishers.
The Future of the Music Business is divided into four parts:
Part I provides an overview of the basic rules and business practices that apply to the record and music publishing business today. Gordon discusses how copyright law protects songs and recordings, standard contracts including producer deals and the most recent rules and business practices that apply to the new means of distributing music; downloading, streaming and webcasting, and how those rules differ in foreign countries. Part II is a guide for producers, filmmakers, and distributors on how to clear music for all kinds of projects, including movies, TV programs, ad campaigns, and stand-alone digital projects. Part III presents new discussions over controversial topics like net neutrality and the financial battles between the new digital music services, copyright owners, and artists. Part IV focuses on how to best use new technologies.
Steve Gordon is an entertainment attorney with over 20 years of experience. He served as an attorney at a law firm representing Atlantic and Elektra Records, as in-house counsel for a Hollywood movie studio, and has been Director of Business Affairs for Sony Music for more than 10 years. As an educator, Gordon is the recipient of two Fulbright Scholarships and has taught courses on music law and business at Tel Aviv University in Israel and Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.
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