Legal Foundations for Musicians, Lyricists, and Composers
Musicians also have rights, and they need to know what they are if they are to be protected against unpleasant surprises in the music business. It is highly advantageous for a musician, whether performer or author, to know about ancillary copyright laws, the terms and possible partners of contracts, and the form and function of collecting societies. ‘Das AMA Musikerrecht’ (The AMA Legal Matters for Musicians) by Ulrich Schulze-Rossbach is easy to understand and clearly structured. It discusses all relevant legal matters for musicians and the commercial aspects of the music business, in particular:
- Legal foundations
- Ancillary copyright
- Copyright law
- GEMA – GVL
- Recording industry
- Several sample contracts
Revised edition, updated to include the 2003 copyright reform
Music and legal matters: for many musicians there is no greater dichotomy. The latter is such an unartistic and unmusical subject matter. At least, that is what many musicians think, who then do not realise that their musical achievements can be used by anybody and are easy to reproduce. The reproduction of such work for free is more prevalent than in almost any other industry.
Basic musical education should not solely include how to master an instrument or how to write a song, but also what ancillary copyright is, and what needs to be set out in a promoter’s contract.
This book is available in German only.
First Section: Musicians and Legal Foundations
Second Section: Legal Foundations of Copyright Law and Ancillary Copyright Law
Third Section: Collecting Societies
Fourth Section: Contracts with Music Industry Representatives
Fifth Section: Employment Services, Social Security and Taxation
Sixth Section: Information and Contacts
The author Ulrich Schulze-Rossbach, born in 1946, has been a renowned lawyer for musicians and authors for decades. His own experiences as a musician and an author complete his knowledge of the music scene. As a lawyer, he made a name for himself predominantly for copyright issues. Since the 80s and 90s, he has been a regular participant of the MIDEM in Cannes, as well as the SXSW Music and Media Conference, which takes place every year in Austin, Texas. As a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, he represents foreign artists, producers and publishers, as well as international labels. Among experts, he is known as ‘the connoisseur’ of the GEMA.