The importance of music law: Our guide to music industry laws and regulations

 

 

Many artists, musicians and label heads aren’t entirely clued up on music industry law and the legal regulations surrounding activities such as distribution, licensing, sync and music copyright. Though we are a music agency and not a law firm, we can provide expert advice on legal issues relating to these areas and draw from a vast pool of knowledge accrued over decades working in the music industry. As part of our label services and distribution platform, we offer a personal service and aim to be available to advise on any legal issues whenever necessary.

Music industry law can relate to a broad range of different matters, all of which can be highly complex and require an expert eye. These can include royalty issues, copyright, recording contracts, licensing and publishing. We’re able to provide guidance on almost every area of music law, keeping you up to date with legal issues in the music industry and ensuring that the operations of your label abide by music industry laws and regulations.

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How can we help you with music law?

Contracts

We can closely study any contracts prior to signing and provide an expert eye that will spot any clauses that might cause issues down the line. Our extensive experience drafting and advising on the types of contracts involved in music law can be invaluable to both labels and artists.

Negotiation

The team at MN2S label services are happy to negotiate on your behalf, ensuring that you end up signing contracts that contain the most favourable terms possible, leading to profitable results that benefit both parties involved and forge productive relationships.

Advice

We provide advice that’s based on our in-depth understanding of best practice within music law. Our recommendations are grounded in knowledge drawn from decades of experience working on deals, contracts, negotiations and legal issues that are unique to the music industry.

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Legal issues in the music industry

Copyright

Copyright is one of the most commonly contested legal issues in the music industry. There are a complex set of music industry laws and regulations surrounding copyright in music law, and issues involving copyright often end up arriving in court to be settled by a judge, as the lines between influence and plagiarism become increasingly blurred.

Publishing

Music publishers are responsible for ensuring that composers and songwriters receive compensation when their compositions are used for commercial purposes. Publishing contracts assign the copyright of a given composition to a publishing company, who then licenses the work and collects royalties. We have an expert grasp on the music law surrounding publishing.

Royalties

The collection of royalties is often a topic of legal debate between artists, labels, publishers and those who license music. There are concrete music industry laws and regulations that deal with the distribution of royalties – we have a nuanced understanding of these and can provide advice that ensures your label and artists are compensated fairly.

Why use MN2S for legal and business services?

Expert

Thanks to almost 25 experience years in the music industry, MN2S is run by experts within their field. Our label services team has a deep and detailed understanding of music law and music industry laws and regulations, and we regularly keep up to date with legal issues in the music industry, enabling us to offer a service that’s informed and reliable.

Reliable

Unlike many digital distribution platforms, at MN2S you’ll always be dealing with a person for any contractual queries, rather than a confusing interface. We offer unparalleled customer service that’s built on personal relationships, making us one of the most reliable distributors and label management agencies working in the music industry.

Meticulous

At MN2S we take pride in our attention to detail across everything we do. The same principle applies to our legal and business services: all the work we do within music law is completely meticulous, as we understand the immense importance that care, attention and detail has when dealing with legal matters involving music industry laws and regulations.

Speak to our Label Services team

For any questions about music law and legal issues in the music industry, or to discuss any aspect of the label management or music distribution services that we offer at MN2S, contact us today.

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