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What Musicians Need to Know About Copyright and Likeness Rights

A copyright dispute occurred over the album image for Vampire Weekend's Contra. (Image via performermag.com)

This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.


Designing the artwork for your band's gig posters, website, album covers, and promotional materials is no easy task. Between artist designs, photographs of public places, and Google's near limitless array of images, the line between what's public, copyrighted, or otherwise restricted is not easily drawn. Here's what you should know before your next poster goes to the presses.

Do Your Live Shows Get Rowdy? How to Protect Yourself, Your Fans, and Avoid a Lawsuit

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A version of this article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.


Disclaimer: The information contained in this column is general legal information only and should not be taken as a comprehensive guide to copyright law. Consult your attorney for all specific considerations.

The same elements that make for a great show can sometimes turn against you. The combination of large crowds, loud music, dancing, booze, and a host of other elements are often a breeding ground for injury and personal liability. Whether it's a fight, a fall, a stumble, or a combination of all three, you'll want to make sure you're protected when accidents happen. If a problem arises, how do you know whether it's your "fault," and what you can do to protect yourself against a lawsuit? Let's dive into negligence, insurance, and playing live.

4 Tax Deduction Tips to Maximize Your Band’s Income

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A version of this article originally appeared on Performer Magazine. 


Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is general legal information only. Consult your attorney for all specific considerations.


Every year, you spend considerable amounts of money advancing your career. From gear to travel expenses to promotional materials, your annual out-of-pocket expenses can be substantial. The time is now to get your finances in order, not 11:00 p.m. on April 14. Whether you're a solo musician sparsely gigging for weddings or a revenue-generating band touring the country, it's most likely in your best financial interest to have your taxes filed by a professional. In preparation of filing, however, you’ll need to take care of several things on your own to maximize your return. Here are some issues to consider.

Features, Legal & Money

Sep 30, 2014 11:30 AM

Adam Barnosky

Do You Need an Entertainment Lawyer?

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This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine


The legal profession is filled with specialists. Name a specialty in business, technology, government, environment, real estate, employment, or education, and you’ll find a practice of law tailored to meet the specific needs of that specialty. The entertainment industry is no different, with a host of sub-specialties in art, music, film, television, radio, intellectual property, and unions, to name a few. Here are the basics on what you need to know about entertainment lawyers, and whether it's time for you to hire one.