7 Nov / 2017

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Dictates of the Music Law

The music law is one of the laws whose clauses may not be quite well known by the people outside the legal profession. There are, however, those who have heard things related to this law but the things they heard were not as clear to them since they need to be interpreted to them.

When we come to look at it, however, we realize that understanding this law is very simple. The easiest way to interpret any law is by interpreting it clause by clause and then looking at the relationship between the different clauses. To help you fully understand this law and how it is applied, we are going to use that approach in this discussion.

The first clause of the music law that we should examine is the one related to the opposition of trademark publication. In all cases, a trademark is usually published after a window of time following its submission to the authority by its respective owners. The duration of waiting is usually crucial to allow the officials scrutinize the trademark to ascertain that it is not a copy of someone’s else job. Publication indicates that the trademark is unique and that the owner may use it.

However, that may not be the case always. At times, the publication of trademarks may be erroneous despite all the above scruples. This can be particularly the case if the authority misses on certain aspects that regulate the publication of trademarks. Such an erroneous publication may be opposed by the public owing to the fact that the music law offers such provisions. The provision for this is the application for the opposition of trademark publication. The person doing this must file a notice of opposition with the regulatory body and clearly state the grounds for which they seek to annul the publication of a given trademark.

The other clause that needs to be understood is the music copyright termination. This clause is quite dissimilar to the one we have just discussed since the person who files for copyright termination is the owner of the intellectual property, in this case, music. This clause allows recording artists to terminate their contracts with such companies as soon as the contracts are mature or in cases of any other reasons they may deem necessary.

This clause seeks to stop the recording or the marketing company from using the intellectual property of the artist without their consent or without proper contract signings. This clause also requires that prerequisite notices be filed by the artist with a statement of proper reasons for the termination of their copyrights.

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