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Why New Artists and Musicians Need Legal Advice the Most
By R. Sebastian Gibson
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=R._Sebastian_Gibson
There may be no other profession than the music business where so many people will try to take advantage of you when you
are starting out as a musician if you don't have a lawyer. Whether you or your band hail from Encinitas, California,
Del Mar, CA, Solana Beach in San Diego, Anaheim or Santa Ana in Orange County, or Palm Springs, whether you developed
your talent in La Jolla, or at Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach or Santa Barbara, and whether you live, studied or performed
in Hollywood, Westwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu, Palm Desert or La Quinta, when you are just starting out, the
entertainment industry sees you as someone whom they can take advantage of.
Music contracts are notoriously long, complicated and almost undecipherable to all but a music lawyer. Thirty page contracts
are nothing unusual in this business. And there are so many contracts you will be faced with as a musician. Sign the wrong
contract and you can be married to a bad agent, promoter, manager, distribution deal, publishing deal or record company and
have your career over before it ever began.
Besides the issues you will face with copyrighting your music and trademarking your band name and logo, if you have one,
there are management contracts, recording contracts, publishing contracts, agent contracts, distribution deals, licensing
contracts, promotion deals, festival and concert contracts, producer agreements and that doesn't even get into the complex
issues contained in many of these agreements.
A music lawyer must have knowledge of synchronization rights, digital rights, peer to peer file swapping, sampling,
mechanical licenses, copyright infringement, publishing, advertising law, immigration, employment law, negotiation, ring tones,
and have a good understanding of how music is made from mixing to mastering, from the roles of the producer to the needs of the musicians.
And yet, for the music lawyer, there is little that is as rewarding as being part of the recording process or helping a
band make it to the big time.
My advice to musicians just starting out and being presented with any type of contract is that having their contract
reviewed by a music lawyer is essential. You are likely being presented with the most one-sided type of contract in
any business or profession. They are written by the attorneys for the company or manager who is handing it to you with
absolutely no attempt to be even handed.
Worst of all, at this stage in your career, you have little leverage. No matter how good you think your music is, the
music world is littered with great musicians who signed horrible contracts that stifled if not ended their careers.
If you have to do an extra gig and save the money to have a contract reviewed, that's what you need to do. Get yourselves
a good music lawyer. Not a divorce lawyer. Not a trial lawyer. An entertainment lawyer who knows the music business and
one, preferably, who is interested in music and who is willing to listen to your music.
Sebastian Gibson graduated cum laude at UCLA in 1972 and received two law degrees in the U.S. and the U.K., graduating with
an LL.B. magna cum laude from University College, Cardiff in Wales and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of
Law in Southern California.
The Sebastian Gibson Law Firm serves all of San Diego, Orange County, Palm Springs and Palm Desert, the Coastal Cities
from La Jolla and Del Mar to Laguna Beach, Newport Beach,
Irvine, Santa Ana and Irvine and up to Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. We also serve the Inland Empire
cities of Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Temecula, Riverside and
San Bernardino and all the cities in the Coachella Valley
If you have an entertainment, trademark, or copyright matter anywhere in Southern California, we invite you to visit our website by clicking on one of these two links.
We have the knowledge and resources to represent you as your Santa Monica Entertainment Attorney and Palm Desert Entertainment Lawyer in Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga,
San Diego, Orange County, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Riverside, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, Chula Vista, Irvine, San Bernardino,
Huntington Beach, Fontana, Moreno Valley, Oceanside, Garden Grove, Palmdale, Corona, Escondido, Orange, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Victorville, Carlsbad, Temecula, Murrieta,
Mission Viejo, El Cajon, Vista, Westminster, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Venice, Hollywood, Hesperia, Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach,
Buena Park, Indio, Coachella, Newport Coast and Crystal Cove.
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