Entertainment Law Center

Royalties from licensing songs and recordings form the main source of revenue in the music industry.

Unions negotiate compensation for members and facilitate access to jobs, training, and benefits.

Disputes may arise over intellectual property, game currencies, and the privacy rights of players.

Copyright infringement causes huge financial losses and can result in civil and criminal liability.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Which types of royalties are available in the music industry?
    Royalties in the music industry include mechanical, reproduction, performance, and synchronization royalties. These cover rights such as reproducing, selling, streaming, broadcasting, or performing a song, or combining it with visual images.
  • How do talent agents get paid?
    Talent agents usually receive a commission, which is a percentage of the fee received by a client for a project. Sometimes they may receive a package fee if they are representing multiple entertainers in the same project.
  • How much control does a producer hold over a film?
    A producer often can choose the director, lead actors, and other important people in the production, and they may require their approval for substantial changes to the script. A producer also will set the budget and provide deadlines for certain stages of the project. They will hold the copyright once the film is eventually created.
  • Is piracy a victimless crime?
    No, piracy is not a victimless crime. Musicians may suffer significant financial losses and reputational harm, businesses selling music or films may struggle to compete with pirated copies, and consumers suffer as record companies and other entities raise prices for access to copyrighted works to offset losses caused by piracy.
  • Can a video game company collect my personal information?
    Yes, a video game company generally can collect your personal information, but it must adhere to any applicable privacy laws. Players usually have a right to know which information is collected and the purposes for which it is used. A video game company must protect personal information from data breaches and respond promptly to any breach.
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