We recommend LegalZoom to register your copyrights with the Library of Congress (everybody calls this "copyrighting"). This costs $114 + the $35 filing fee. You may know that you can file your copyrights online yourself. However; the LOC's online submission tool is VERY
buggy...and customer service almost non-existent. More importantly, what if you fill the form out incorrectly? You may shoot yourself in the foot. Spend the $114 to get it done right. It's SO MUCH CHEAPER than hiring an attorney to fix the consequences.
If you plan to have a music career, then you need to make money. If you need to make money, then you need to sell products or services. And if you plan to sell stuff...then you have a business. Government entities all have taxes and regulations that your business MUST pay attention to.
For $99, LegalZoom will help you figure out what forms you need to file to be legit with all four tiers of government. For $199, they'll make sure the forms are filled out properly. The penalties are steep if this isn't done right. Get help. Click below to learn more.
A trademark is one of the most important business assets you’ll ever own. It’s your business name, slogan, logo or symbol that distinguishes your company and its products in the marketplace. Choose LegalZoom's Basic or Complete coverage, along with the $325 federal filing fee.
LegalZoom's Three Easy Steps process makes it simple to apply for trademark registration online. And since their process was developed by experienced attorneys, they guarantee their work. The next step is free; no time limit or obligation.
Limelight is a simple way to clear ANY cover song. Secure the required U.S. mechanical license and pay 100% of royalties due.
Just like you need a license to drive a car, you need a license to release a recording of someone else's song. (That analogy is a little loose, but you get the idea, right?) It’s the law!
United States copyright law requires artists and labels to obtain a mechanical license before distributing a recording containing any song/composition they didn’t write.
Limelight makes this process as easy, quick, and affordable as possible. Click below if you're even THINKING about releasing a cover.
We've grown weary of the stories about artists getting screwed. Prevent these by putting a signed agreement in place. Rocket Lawyer offers a database of "template" or "bolierplate" agreements pre-authored. You simply fill in the details. Here's a sampling of some of the contracts/agreements you may need:
If you sign up for a free, no-obligation trial, you get the agreement of your choice for FREE. If you don't have the appropriate protections already documented, ACT NOW.
God forbid you ever need an attorney. Often you may only have a question or two that needs an expert answer. Fortunately, there's the appropariately-named Just Answer service.
Most people have no clue how to select an attorney if ever the need arises to hire one. Should your needs be more involved than can be solved by Just Answer, Rocket Lawyer has multiple ways for you to discover, qualify, and select an attorney in your area.