A founding member of my 5 piece band was kicked out this summer, and we are going to rewrite 80% of his parts when we rerecord. We didn't like the old guitar parts and helped him write some of them, which is the main reason we wanted to part ways.
He is now asking for equal ownership of the composition of songs originating from his tenure, and claiming that it is industry standard for the new guitarist who contributes new guitar compositions to get nothing.
This seems very bizarre to me, but is he right? We all own an equal share of publishing and masters on songs that are already released.
posted by qzar
on Oct 17, 2013 -
I have a ridiculously amazing, yet time sensitive slogan regarding a current event that I'd like to get out there real quick like. But I have some questions... [more inside]
posted by gman
on Apr 17, 2013 -
I'm curious about the real-world economics of being a musician who "made it" but is not, say, Sir Elton John or Bruce Springsteen or Jay-Z. For instance, how's James McNew, bassist of the incomparable Yo La Tengo, doing? Is Ken Bethea, guitarist for the Old 97's, comfortable? Ian Matthews, drummer for Kasabian, are you sorted for a comfortable retirement? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Feb 5, 2013 -
Is it possible for a songwriter or musican to entirely live off the proceeds of a Christmas single? Is it enough to live comfortably off years after release? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Dec 5, 2012 -
Can you talk me through the issue of rights and royalties for a small community cinema? [more inside]
posted by Jehan
on Dec 4, 2012 -
I'm British and live in the UK, but get paid royalties by US companies (in the order of thousands of pounds). Some wire me the money but others give me cheques, which can take months to cash if the bank is being difficult. What are my most sensible options for getting money from the US? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon
on Nov 22, 2011 -
I want to turn a short play into a short film. If completed, it'll be a low-budget affair seen at a few festivals and hopefully online; the play was first performed in 1990 and the playwright is still alive. How do I go about getting the rights to film his play, or see if I can even think about affording it?
posted by BoringPostcards
on Aug 25, 2011 -
Foreign Rights to a Book: How much should I charge?
In the last week, two agents from two different big literary agencies in a rich Asian country (not China) have, apparently independently, come calling for one of my non-fiction how-to books.
One gave this pitch, which seems to me low-ball: [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 8, 2011 -
What are some examples of musical artists that have gotten away with plagiarism? [more inside]
posted by DZack
on Apr 11, 2010 -
I do PowerPoint design for a living. About a year ago, I had a client who was starting a new business and, for his presentation, I did a whole bunch of original, hand-drawn illustrations. Shortly after, he asked (via email) if the work I did to date was work-for-hire and that he owned the images. Due to a combination not knowing how to handle it and being too timid to push, I said Yes. So, a year later, my illustrations are on stickers, hung on the office walls, on the company blog and website, and one of my illustrations is the company logo. I know...nothing I can do about it now and it's my own fault. The question is this: Now, he's come back to me to work on this year's presentation. I'm guessing it will use some of the old illustrations and he'll want some new ones. How should I handle it? Just do it as work-for-hire again and be happy I have work? Tell him work-for-hire is a higher rate? Tell him I want royalties on new illustrations used in non-powerpoint ways? The only thing I really don't want to do is just let him roll over me because I'm too timid to speak up again.
posted by The Dutchman
on Jan 8, 2010 -
How to correctly use royalty free images for personal items when I'm using them to design something for someone else, who pays me for my time. [more inside]
posted by like_neon
on Jul 29, 2009 -
How much money does an artist get when I buy their music online? What amount of money goes to an artist if I buy an album on eMusic, iTunes or Amazon? How does it compare to what they make from a CD sale? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai
on Dec 7, 2008 -
How can I seek out licensing and other royalty-generating opportunities for the titles in my new music publishing company's catalog? [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman
on Apr 25, 2008 -
My band are thinking of putting out a CD using a modified version of someone else's arrangement of a traditional folksong. What royalties, if any, do we owe them? [more inside]
posted by Martin E.
on Jun 18, 2007 -
How do I, as an individual, obtain permission to play commercial CDs in a makeshift jukebox? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave
on Apr 8, 2007 -
How much money does a given band (say Led Zep) make each and every time a song of theirs is played on the radio? [more inside]
posted by asparagus_berlin
on Feb 12, 2007 -
Is it possible to pay royalties to bands in order to use their songs in commercial videos online? [more inside]
posted by sindark
on Jan 20, 2007 -
I have, over the past several years, become the individual that lots of people come to for music suggestions and to talk about music (most metal, but some other stuff). Much like the fine folks at Pandora. So I had the great thought of starting a podcast. However:
Mayhaps I'm missing something, but I can't find anything online that spells out how to start a music podcast legally. (More after the jump) [more inside]
posted by Ikazuchi
on Oct 13, 2006 -
Should I finally join ASCAP, despite my misgivings about copyright, the music-licensing industry, and certain practices by ASCAP and similar orgs? Yes, the cash would make a real difference for me, given the way ASCAP handles my genre and given my low income overall.
posted by anonymous
on Jul 18, 2006 -
When a cover band plays at a club, an event or whatever, is somebody supposed to pay royalties for the songs? If so, how much? Do ASCAP and BMI send out goons to enforce?
posted by punkfloyd
on Jul 14, 2005 -
I was crushed to hear the Iron & Wine version of Such Great Heights
played over an M&Ms commercial last night. Who's getting paid, and how much? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise
on Jul 8, 2005 -
We're starting up a wee web radio station. We are Canadians. What, realistically, are we meant to do in the way of royalties and whatnot? [more inside]
posted by Count Ziggurat
on May 12, 2005 -
I want to start an Internet radio station (streaming and archived). How do I deal with the royalties issues legally? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit
on Feb 26, 2005 -
- According to the entry on Wikipedia, television syndication is "where the real money is" when it comes to producing TV shows (particularly, off network syndication). I'm curious to know how much money an actor like Dave Coulier
(Uncle Joey, Full House) makes from syndication rights. Any guesses or insight? [justatinybitmoreinside
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posted by paulychamp
on Feb 2, 2005 -
I work in the design department of a small weekly newspaper and we need some good royalty free photography. [MI] [more inside]
posted by maniactown
on Nov 30, 2004 -