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Britney Spears’ conservatorship has been back in the headlines as the release of a New York Times documentary, Framing Britney Spears, about her life, recently aired. A conservatorship is a legal proceeding where a judge appoints a responsible person or company (the “Conservator”) to care for another adult (the ”Conservatee”). The reason for appointing a conservator is because the conservatee cannot care for herself or himself and/or handle their own finances. Zoe Brennan-Krohn, who works for the ACLU, said there are certain risks that occur as a result of a conservatorship, including “financial, physical and emotional abuse.” Brennen-Krohn further stated:  […]

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The Beach Boys are probably feeling some “Good Vibrations” recently from a monetary standpoint. They have sold a majority interest in their intellectual property to a new company (Iconic Artist Group) led by music mogul Irving Azoff. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This was more than just a sale of music publishing rights, so it differs from other recent deals by Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Stevie Nicks. The sale by The Beach Boys is much broader and includes “their sound recordings, the brand, select music compositions and memorabilia,” according to Variety. As classic bands get […]

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There have been a number of legacy artists who have recently sold their publishing rights for astronomical sums. In December 2020, Bob Dylan reportedly sold his catalog to Universal Music Publishing, UMP, for $300 million. In the 1970’s, Jacques Levy co-wrote seven songs with Dylan for the 1976 album Desire, including “Hurricane,” “Isis” and “Mozambique.” Levy died in 2004. Levy’s estate has now sued (on Jan. 20, 2021) Dylan and UMP, alleging he is owed a share of the $300 million Dylan has apparently received from UMP. The estate seeks damages of $7.25 million. The Levy estate contends that Levy […]

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On December 10, 2020, Lil Wayne’s former personal manager, Ronald E. Sweeny, sued him for allegedly failing to pay him his commission with regard to a number of matters. Sweeny contends Wayne orally agreed to pay him 10% from two lawsuit settlements and the sale of “any master recordings owned by Young Money [record] label.” Sweeny contends that in 2005, Lil Wayne hired him as his personal manager. Sweeny alleges he was actually Lil Wayne’s co-manager along with Cortez Bryant, who did the more routine management duties. The Young Money record label was established by Lil Wayne in 2005. Sweeny […]

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The 100 million dollar lawsuit the estate of Michael Jackson filed against HBO is now on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case relates to a four-hour documentary HBO aired, called Leaving Neverland, about child abuse allegedly committed by Jackson to James Safechuck and a well-known choreographer, Wade Robson. The film was released in 2019 and at that time the estate called it a “public lynching.” Safechuck and Robson claim that Jackson molested them during sleep-overs at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, Santa Barbara County, CA. These alleged acts occurred in the ’80s and early ’90s. […]

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Ed Sheeran has been a party to a number of copyright infringement cases in recent years. In general, many copyright cases involving music are frivolous, some are settled and others go to trial. There is a copyright case pending in New York filed by the Ed Townsend estate against Sheeran. It was set for trial during November of 2020 but the case was continued until 2021 because of the Coronavirus. In that case the plaintiff alleges that Sheeran’s 2017 hit song “Thinking of You” was stolen from Marvin Gaye’s hit “Let’s Get it On.” Townsend was one of the co-writers […]

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This article will discuss the pros and cons of having your music industry dispute submitted to binding arbitration instead of a court or jury trial. In the past, I have been a big proponent of binding arbitration, but some recent experiences have led me to reconsider whether I would recommend it, depending on the circumstances. What is a binding arbitration? It is like an informal trial usually conducted by a retired judge in an office instead of a courtroom. There are two ways a dispute ends up in a binding arbitration: Either it is required by a provision in the […]

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Atlanta hip-hop group Migos [Kirsnick Ball (Takeoff), Quavious Marshall (Queve), and Kiari Cephus (Offset)] have sued their former attorney, Damien Granderson, and his former and current law firms. The lawsuit was filed in California and includes claims for legal malpractice, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty and violation of the Business and Profession Code. Migos alleges that prominent music lawyer Granderson overcharged them and did not disclose a conflict of interest in that he also represented the record label they were signed to, Quality Control Music (“QCM”). The lawsuit claims that Granderson had Migos enter into deals that favored the […]

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In light of the transformation of the music business in recent years, with so much new content being released, it has become even harder for new artists to get noticed. Brand partnerships can help in this regard. In the current era of the Coronavirus, strategic partner- ships between brands and solo artists or bands have become even more important. In addition to the money paid to the band, the most obvious benefit is the increased exposure, such as the repeated broadcast of a TV commercial. Examples are Post Malone’s funny Super bowl TV commercial for Bud Light or DJ Khalid’s […]

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