As the title indicates, this program takes a deep dive into the music industry’s game of monopoly. It starts off with a review of the Copyright Act of 1909 and the history of consent decrees. There is an in-depth discussion regarding the formation of performing rights organizations, as well as some practice pointers on record label agreements and publishing agreements. Also included is a look into the constitutional law arguments associated with the Department of Justice’s current position. The programs ends with a discussion of examples of songwriter royalties.
Tom McNamara, Associate, Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley PC, Los Angeles, CA
Tom practices business and commercial litigation as well as entertainment law with a particular focus on music industry transactions. He has considerable experience drafting transactional agreements for corporations, musicians, producers, and directors in the entertainment industry. Notably, he has drafted record label licensing agreements, publishing agreements, and management employment contracts for his clients with companies such as Kobalt, Red One Publishing, Budde Publishing, Single Lock Records, Nevado Music, and Red Light Management. Tom is acutely familiar with royalty structures, publishing rights, and licensing arrangements on both the record label and publishing sides of the music industry. He has also worked with filmmakers, actors, and producers by drafting and revising employment agreements, private placement memoranda, and script writer agreements.