ENTERTAINMENT 101 Obtaining Music Clearances Copyright (of course) Sheldon P. Starke 1992, 2013

Suppose you want to record someone else’s music for a record that you are producing. How do you do it? First you have to decide whether the song has been released. If it has not been released, you have to get permission from the writer or the publisher if there is one. If the song has been released then you have the right to do your own version of the song. Records means phono records,...
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Entertainment 101 “How to Win in the Entertainment Business, Despite Yourself” Copyright (naturally) Sheldon P. Starke, 1991

This article is not written for spectators. It is written for those of us who love the crazy business of entertainment so much that we never give up. Everyone wants to know how to get the platinum ring. Mostly, you get the ring “the old-fashioned way.” But earning it doesn’t mean that the writer writes the best or that the artist creates the best work. It means that if you can stay in the game...
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101 “COPYRIGHT ESSENTIALS” COPYRIGHT SHELDON P. STARKE,

After March 1, 1989, the Copyright Law changed in a major way, but many authors still have not followed the requirements that give substantial benefits to all creators of intellectual property, such as authors, songwriters, artists and the like. Here are highlights of the Berne Convention that became effective in 1989. The Big Problem: I hear people say, “I have no problem! I sent in the Federal Registration and I do not have to worry!”...
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