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On Songs: My Rationale Explained


Dictates of the Music Law

The contents of the music law may not be known to many people. Even those who have heard about it may still have questions lingering in their minds regarding certain parts of it that are unclear to them.

Taking a closer look of the law, however, we realize it is not hard to understand at all for those who take the time to read broadly about it. 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 normal cases, trademarks take some duration of time before they are published following their submission by their owners. In the time intervening before the publication, the authority takes it upon itself to establish if the trademark is unique and not plagiarized in any way. Publication indicates that the trademark is unique and that the owner may use it.

Despite all the above scruples, there may be cases where things may never work as expected. In certain cases, the trademark may be published with errors or with plagiarized contents in it. This can happen most of the times when the authority overlooks certain aspects in the trademark which may be inappropriate. In cases such as this, the public has a provision within the music law to oppose such a publication. This can be done through application for the opposition of a 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 music copyright termination is the other clause of the music law that needs a clear interpretation. Unlike the trademark opposition clause which renders the property owner a victim, this clause is applicable for recording artists who in this case are the only people allowed to use this clause to their benefit. 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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