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Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business by Richard Stim

1998; 400-page book and PC disk. $29.95. Nolo Press.

Where does the law meet four kids with three chords? A band is a business, no doubt about it, and here we have copyrights and recording agreements and mechanicals and grants of rights and invoices all nicely explained. Terrific. You need this. You get a grand's worth of legal advice and a disk of contract blanks for thirty clams. Buy it, try it, but don't lose focus. When the bar owner offers you a hundred bucks in lieu of the contract for two-fifty that got lost in the mail, don't quote the book, take the money. And when a written agreement is needed as a "line of defense" among band members, pack up your ax and move on.


"In order to parody or satirize a song, it's necessary to borrow a portion of the song. For example, Weird Al Yankovic's "Like a Surgeon" wouldn't be an effective parody of "Like a Virgin" if the melody was not borrowed from the original. Therefore, all parodies borrow or modify the original songs. Since only the copyright owner is allowed to modify the song without authorization, the makers of the parodies must either get permission or prove that their parody is excused under the principle of fair use."


ISBN: 1413305172

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