4 Sticky Situations When Musicians Should Hire A Music Lawyer

4 Sticky Situations When Musicians Should Hire a Music Lawyer

Written by Jaron Lewis

Music laws can be confusing to understand if you aren’t a trained lawyer. Just understanding the complex wording can seem like too much, let alone knowing when actually to get a lawyer. Lawyers are expensive and you don’t want to have to pay for one if you don’t need it, but, in the case of music law, how do you know when you truly need a lawyer?

You don’t want to waste your money on one if the issue is nothing complex, difficult, or even necessary of a lawyer. We’ve got you covered.

When Signing With A Manager

Managers can be sleazy and sneak in things to your contract that you could miss. You could wind up losing rights to certain things, paying more than you intended, or something else valuable. Getting a lawyer to read over the contract and making sure you know what you’re signing is not only a comforting idea, but a wise one.

When Signing A Record Deal

Oftentimes, artist will just use the lawyer the record company uses which can be a fatal mistake. This lawyer is getting paid by the record company and will obviously have their best interest in mind, not yours. It’s always a good idea to have your own lawyer who is vested in you so that you’re sure you get what you deserve out of the contract.

Potential Copyright Infringement

Copyright law is confusing and hard to sort through. You don’t have to do it alone, though. It’s always a good idea to hire a lawyer who is well versed in copyright laws and music copyright laws specifically to be sure that you have a case and that you get what you deserve.

When Someone Breaks A Contract

If you suspect your contract has been infringed on in some way, you really need to hire a lawyer. They’ll know all the legal jargon and be able to spot any potential loopholes so you won’t be embarrassed in court if it turns out they didn’t infringe on anything.

Before You Sign Anything...

The best time to get lawyers in the music business is before signing anything. Contracts can be confusing and full of loopholes designed to benefit the manager or record deal, not you. A lawyer that has your best interests in mind will help you make sure you get what you deserve.

They’ll also help you sift through these documents so you don’t get embarrassed in the courtroom. They can help build your confidence in the music business and save you a lot of hassle as well, but you don’t want to waste the money if you don’t need one.



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