Al Kohn & Bob Kohn
Kohn On Music Licensing
P.S. If you own a prior edition and are wondering whether to upgrade to the 4th Edition, your decision should be easy. Much has changed since the last edition (see below), and the new edition covers the new developments in depth. You won't be disappointed.
Readers of prior editions will find that, in the new edition (now 1,803 pages), every chapter has been updated and important new chapters have been added.
New topics include:
1. Introduction: The Music Business--Its Past & Future
Walks the reader through the history of the music publishing business, from Tin Pan Alley to the user-generated content phenomena of the present. Explores where music licensing may be headed. Will we learn from past mistakes?
2. The Art of Music Publishing
Provides the basics of modern music publishing, the organization of music publishers, and traditional and emerging sources of income.
3. Songwriter Agreements
Dissects the songwriter agreement, providing the reader with a clause-by-clause analysis and offering the best negotiating strategies to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients.4. Co-Publishing & Administration Agreements
Guides the reader through the complexities of co-publishing agreements, administration agreements, and collection agreements.
5. International Subpublishing
Clause-by-clause analysis of international subpublishing agreements, with a report on how European anti-trust law is changing the music licensing landscape in Europe.
6. The Split Copyright Syndrome
The problem is only getting worse.
7. The Language of Music Licensing
The author's classic introduction to copyright ownership, joint works, divisibility of copyright, and drafting etiquette.
8. Formalities of Music Licensing
Explains the formalities of copyright assignment and licensing--written, oral, implied, and by operation of law.
9. Duration of Copyright, Assignments & Licenses
Tackles the most difficult subjects of copyright duration, renewal, and termination of transfers under the U.S. Copyright Act.
10. Basic Considerations in Music Licensing
Presents the fundamentals of licensing followed by a detailed analysis of common boilerplate provisions in license agreements.
11. The Art of Granting & Clearing Music Licenses
Practical advice to those who need to clear music licenses and to copyright owners seeking to maximize the value of their catalogs.
12. Licensing Music in Print & Digital Print (Print Licenses)
13. Licensing Music in Sound Recordings (Mechanical Licenses)
The latest on mechanical licensing for permanent downloads, ringtones, and on-demand streaming in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
14. Licensing Music in Background Music Services, Digital Jukeboxes, and Other Commercial Reproductions
(Electrical Transcription Licenses)
Includes the latest typical fees paid by these services to music pubilhsers.
15. Licensing Music in Audiovisual Works (Synchronization Licenses)
16. The User-Generated Content Phenomenon
Explains the latest "steps deals" and how publishers are approaching downloading and on-demand streaming of films and TV shows.
What music publishers are doing to address the user-generated content problem. Explores the YouTube agreements.17. Old Licenses, New Uses
Explores whether synch licenses issued long ago apply to the downloading or on-demand streaming of films and TV shows.
18. Licensing Music In Live & Recorded Public Performances
19. The Grand Rights Controversy
Explains the basics of performance licensing and developments in licensing performances on the Internet.
Explains the difference between grand rights, dramatic performances, and dramatic adaptations and clears up current confusion on this controversial subject.
20. Licensing Music in Television, Radio, Print, and Internet Advertising
Covers the basics of licensing music in commercial advertisements, including internet advertising.
21. Licensing Music in Music Boxes, Consumer Musical Products, and Other Merchandise
Covers the business and legal considerations of licensing music in commercial merchandise.
22. Licensing Music in Videogames, Other New Media, Multimedia Devices, and Online Versions
23. Licensing of Sound Recordings (Master Use Licenses, Digital Downloading, and Digital Audio Transmissions)
Takes on the intricacies of licensing sound recordings, from the traditional CD format to the newer delivery methods, including downloads, streams, ringtones and ringbacks.
24. The Digital Sampling Controversy
25. The Fair Use Controversy
Explores the ever-evolving concept of Fair Use and its application to the music industry.
26. Typical License Fees
Provides "going rates" for the various kinds of music licenses. It has been said this chapter alone is worth far more than the price of the book.
Appendix -- includes many of the most important provisions of the Copyright Act affecting music licensing, PLUS a CD-ROM containing 170 license forms
About 100 new forms since the previous edition.