Legal Aspects of Songwriting

Back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, I focused my legal practice on entertainment law.  I served as President of the Austin Songwriter’s Group, Chair of the State Bar of Texas Entertainment Law Section, and Board Member of Austin Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts. I taught classes in Entertainment Law as an Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s Law School for over a decade. I also wrote a book called Song Rights:  Legal Aspects of Songwriting.  It was well-received at the time,but I haven’t kept the material up-to-date, so the information linked below is for historic/archival purposes only.  If you need legal help, go see a qualified entertainment lawyer in your area.  Me?  I’d rather write songs now.

Music Lawyers
Works For Hire
Sources of Income
Songwriter Contracts
Creative Control
Your Unique Services
Business Structure
Contract Definitions
Contract Dangers
Management Contracts
Copyright Infringement
Investor Agreements
Bad Reviews
The Future