11.17.2012

Musicians... Have Clear Answers to the Following

Tamara Bennett's article "Mediating the Band Partnership Dispute" made me think of how best to preemptively avoid a nasty dispute.  And it begins with having clear answers in your written Band Partnership Agreement or LLC Membership Agreement to the following questions (which requires good negotiation and drafting):

Who gets to use the band name?
Who owns the master recording copyrights?
Who owns the song copyrights?
Who owns the physical product or merchandise?
Can the band keep using the leaving band member’s name and likeness?

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