Arts, Entertainment & Media FAQ
Entertainment law covers overlapping areas of law that affect creation and commercialization of media of various types (e.g. TV, film, music, publishing, advertising, Internet & news media, etc.), including business law, finance, intellectual property, publicity and privacy, and First Amendment rights.
A mechanical royalty is a payment that gets made to the songwriter and publisher every time a physical or digital copy of the piece gets purchased.
The performance royalties get paid when a venue, radio or TV station chooses to play the recorded piece.
Royalties based on composition copyrights.
Although the general rule is that the person who creates the work is its author, there is an exception to that principle; the exception is a work made for hire, which is a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment; or a work specially ordered or commissioned in certain specified circumstances. When a work qualifies as a work made for hire, the employer or commissioning party is considered to be the author.
Infringement is unauthorized use of another’s creative work. A party may seek to protect his or her copyrights against unauthorized use by filing a civil lawsuit in Federal district court. If you believe that your copyright has been infringed, consult an attorney. In cases of willful infringement for profit, the U.S. Attorney may initiate a criminal investigation.
Ask for it. If you know who the copyright owner is, you may contact the owner directly. If you are not certain about the ownership or have other related questions, you may wish to request that the Copyright Office conduct a search of its records.
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