Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Why The Controlled Composition Clause Hurts Artists In The Pocketbook

Here's a great video from New York entertainment attorney Wallace Collins describing the two copyright arrangements (performance and mechanical publishing royalties) that keep the music business churning. What's even better, he describes the Controlled Composition clause that severely limits the mechanical royalties that an artist who writes his own songs gets.

This is a clause that not well-understood, but Wallace does a great job explaining how it works as well as the possible negotiating strategies with a label. Yes, it's legal, but it's easy on the ears as the explanation is very simple and straight-forward.

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