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A Creator's Guide to Fighting Content Bullies

Credit: Timothy BanksCredit: Timothy BanksJonathan McIntosh was, by all Internet measures, succeeding.

Docudrama: Navigating the Legal Issues of Documentary Filmmaking

For documentarians, the only thing more complicated than making your film could be the legal blowback after it’s released. Just ask director Lauren Greenfield. While Greenfield’s film, The Queen of Versailles, was nabbing the 2012 Directing Award for U.S.

Copyright/Licensing Attorney

Before a film hits theaters or a television show airs, attorneys must work out numerous contract stipulations that govern a company’s rights to exploit a creative property. In today’s increasingly connected technological landscape, attorneys face greater challenges in determining and anticipating all possible uses of a copyright license, wading into uncertain waters of social media, free streaming content, and paid on-demand distribution.

SoundExchange

SoundExchange is a non-profit performance rights organization that represents recording artists and copyright owners, collecting and distributing performance royalty fees on their behalf. SoundExchange is the only such organization certified by the Copyright Royalty Board (appointed by The U.S. Library of Congress) to collect digital performance statutory royalties from streaming services like satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels, and similar platforms.

BMI

BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) is a not-for-profit performing rights organization (PRO) that was founded in 1939. The company operates seven offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, Puerto Rico and London.

Label Copy Coordinator

Proper credit for work performed in the production of a music recording is just as important to contributors as the payment they receive. Responsible for compiling this information and disseminating it within the record label is the label copy coordinator.

Digital Licensing Administrator

The digital music revolution hit the marketplace and confounded some record labels and music publishers who were unprepared to deal with the resulting legal questions of copyright and ownership. Since then, music makers have pushed hard (often in court) to receive proper payment for their work that’s distributed through digital media, and music companies rely on a staff of licensing professionals to accurately determine rights, royalties, and usage.

Royalty Administrator

Royalties, in the music industry, are fees paid to a recording artist or band for the use of their music. The royalty administrator for a record label or performing rights organization will have numerous responsibilities, the majority of which relate to maintaining and updating the artist database and reviewing sales and airplay data.

Mechanical Licensing Administrator

A mechanical license gives the licensee the permission to create copies of a song, either by re-recording the song with another artist or by printing sheet music of the composition and lyrics. Permission is obtained through an agreement with the copyright holder, which is the songwriter or the music publisher to whom the writer has assigned publishing rights.

Synch License Administrator

A synch (synchronization) license for a musical composition is an agreement that gives the licensee permission to reproduce a song “in connection with” or “in timed relation to” visual images. When a previously recorded song is played in a movie, television show, commercial, or other visual medium, a license must be obtained from the copyright owner.