Musical groups risk
legal entanglements stemming from their core structure.
Social activity components.
Diverse contribution levels.
Success driving breakdown factors.
Who owns the name?
No simple conventions here. The agent might own it, or the musicians might
own it as "partnership" property. Look to the contract. A single
good reason to have a contract.
Who owns the
copyrights? Depends on which one of the copyrights, namely:
Copyrights in the musical composition.
Copyrights in the lyrics.
Copyrights in the recorded performance.
Each is a separate
copyright, owned by author or authors, that is, the persons contributing
thereto, unless it instead is a
work made for hire.
What if six teenagers
create a CD.
If the CD starts
selling, there are lots of issues. Is the CD going to sell enough to
warrant resolving the issues? That is an issue in and of itself.
Copyright ownership consultations --
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(all contact modes) or call
firmís charges for copyright ownership consultations start at $240.
Further cost estimates available after initial evaluation.