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This business of music : the definitive guide to the music industry
Krasilovsky, M. William.
Personal Author:
Eighth edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Billboard Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
xviii, 558 pages ; 24 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
Includes index.

Shemel's name appears first on earlier editions.

CD-ROM contains ready-to-print Copyright Office documents, sample contracts, and articles and bulletins from the major U.S. performing rights societies.
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ML3790 .S5 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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A guide to the music industry, including coverage of legal, financial and economic aspects. This eighth edition features material on such subjects as: music technology; contracts; the implications of the North American Free Trade Agreement; record clubs; digital audiotape; licensing; copyrights; work-for-hire rules; and show music. There is an appendix of standard industry forms and legal extracts, almost all of which have been updated for this edition.

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Library Journal Review

Published since 1964, This Business of Music is recognized as the industry textbook, and Krasilovsky, a music and copyright lawyer, offers broad and deep treatment of contracts, royalties, loans, tax issues, videos, and copyright. The new edition presents the industry in four parts: an overview, the record industry, music writers and publishers, and other aspects of the business. The coverage of technology makes sense of recent and coming changes to the laws affecting the industry, the new music delivery mechanisms, and the impact on the organizations that oversee performance rights. The writing is clear, and Krasilovsky presents complicated legal, financial, and strategic information without oversimplifying. An exceptionally rich appendix reprints important primary-source documents like the Berne Convention and the 1996 WIPO Memorandum. There is also a directory of music industry web sites. The attached CD-ROM contains copyright regulations and registration material along with numerous forms, agreements, and licenses. Both books are excellent references that improve and expand upon the earlier editions. All You Need To Know will be most appreciated by performers and writers, while This Business will be helpful to those who work on the business side.DJoan Pedzich, Harris Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.