Music Law 101: Copyright Infringement And Fair Use

As we have previously discussed, the owner of the copyright in a work has certain exclusive rights in that work. Anyone who violates the exclusive rights of the copyright owner is an infringer of that copyright.

To establish copyright infringement, you must establish that you own a valid copyright in the work and that:

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What To Post On Social Media As A Musician

Though bands have had the ability to share anything and everything with their fans in real time for years now, many of them still haven’t figured out what’s worth posting and what should be held back. Some bands adopt a philosophy of complete openness and transparency when it comes to what they share. If they feel, think, and experience it, it’s worth telling their fans about. Others take the opposite approach and hold everything back save for music-related information like new music and shows. Both extremes are bad for most bands which means a balance needs to happen to get the most out of communicating with fans. Here are some guidelines on what to post on social media.

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Why Curiosity Is A Vital Trait In Songwriting And Life

When you first learned how to play an instrument, curiosity was unavoidable. Since you didn’t know what you were doing, you had questions that could only be answered with experimentation, trial and error, and failure. You set out to answer those questions one-by-one, and eventually you did. Most musicians don’t often think back to the early days of their training, but the curious energy that was so easy to access during that time is something that can benefit you no matter what you’re doing with your career in music. Here’s why curiosity is a vital trait in your songwriting process.

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Balancing Music And The Business: Meet Yardij

Yardij at Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY

South Florida alt-rock band, Yardij recently caught the attention of the promoters at Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY where they were selected to play through one of our opportunities.

We spoke to them about how they formed, their experience playing at Forecastle Festival, and what’s up next for them.

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Why Your Band Won’t Make It Without Trust And Respect

We’ve all heard stories of huge bands breaking up seemingly out of the middle of nowhere. For aspiring musicians, it’s hard to imagine why bands who experience so much success explode and fizzle out, but there’s always hidden dynamics and unhealthy patterns at work in the frayed relationships in these bands. Bands who haven’t achieved major success are often plagued by the same sorts of relationship issues on top of challenges like worries about money and whether their hard work will ever pay off.

So many of these problems are centered around trust and respect. You could be making incredible music, selling out shows night after night, and signed to the label of your dreams, but you’ll be miserable if there’s turmoil within the relationships in your band.

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Why Honesty Is Important In Songwriting

Faking it is something we’re sometimes told to do that will help us be successful in music, and there’s definitely some truth there. Getting up on stage and performing takes a lot of bravery for some musicians, and when they don’t feel brave, acting like they do is the next best thing. But when it comes to writing music that actually means something, honesty has to be at the core of your process. No, this doesn’t mean you need to sit through an hour of therapy before you write music, but it does entail coming to terms with who you are and how you really feel about the world around you in order to write engaging music.

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How Empathy Test Signed To Old Flame Records

British electronic pop duo, Empathy Test, have been working non-stop putting out music and touring since they started in 2013.

With two stunning 4 track E.P.s under their belt, it’s no wonder they were signed by Old Flame Records through one of our opportunities.

Check out this interview with Empathy Test where they share how the band formed, how as an artist you should DIY from the outset, and what’s up next for them.

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5 Ways To Turn A Bad Show Around

Bad shows can be temporarily devastating even for musicians who’ve been performing professionally for years. Things like bad sound systems, unattentive crowds, and performance mistakes can turn something you love into a truly awful experience if you’re not careful. But while some shows are so bad they feel like black holes that you and your bandmates will get sucked into, that’s not the case. Most bad shows can be turned around. Here’s how:

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