Program: Music Licensing for Venues and Performers: What You Need to Know:

Date: June 28, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Venue: Floyd Country Store
Description: The Handmade Music School presents the program Music Licensing for Venues and Performers on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the Floyd Country Store.

Ever wonder who owns the copyright in a song written and arranged by members of a performance group? How about who owns the sound recording of a song tracked at a studio?

Copyright law and content ownership is critical to the success of a musical artist. Often referred to as “mailbox money,” musical composition and sound recording licensing and residual payments are important sources of income for songwriters and recording artists. This program will teach attendees the basics of song and sound recording law ownership and licensing, including, mechanical licenses (cover songs), public performance licenses (venues/PROs), and synchronization/master use licenses (video).

Justin LaughterJustin Laughter is a business, intellectual property, and entertainment attorney. His experience representing clients is wide-ranging, including business and non-profit structuring and operations, copyright and trademark protection, licensing and enforcement, music/film/literary/theater law, internet law, and private securities offerings. He regularly counsels startups, artists, labels, publishers, breweries, restaurants, makers, and other creative entrepreneurs.

Justin has been honored as a Virginia Super Lawyers-Rising Star in IP (2013-2018), part of Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite (2011, 2014, and 2016) and as one of Richmond’s Top 40 under 40 by Style Weekly Magazine (2008). He is a 2003 graduate of the University of Virginia (Phi Beta Kappa) and a 2006 graduate of William and Mary Law School (Order of the Coif).

He is also active in the nonprofit, creative, and entertainment community. Justin is a Board Member of the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance, Board Member of JAMinc, Board Member of AMP! Metro Richmond, Board Member of OneVoice, a member of Lawyers for the Arts, and an advisory board member of Gallery5 (museum, art, and performance). He is also the former Interim Executive Director of Virginians for the Arts, a statewide arts advocacy non-profit organization.

Admission is free.

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