Season 1 Episode 3 - About Music Lyrics and Copyright Law

Songwriters and musicians. Nothing's more important than learning the truth about Music Lyrics and Copyright Law. In this short video, business lawyer Myron Mallia-Dare recounts the subject.

Songwriters and musicians. Nothing's more important than learning the truth about Music Lyrics and Copyright Law. In this short video, business lawyer Myron Mallia-Dare recounts the subject.

A songwriter asked a question. He wanted to know if he could possibly use a website to check if he may have plagiarized material from other songs. In response to this question, Myron suggests that while songwriters can use certain websites as resources to search for lyrics they wish to use, there is no single source or website that houses all copyrighted material. Myron goes on to state that it is critical when evaluating whether infringement has occurred that artists remain aware of any material, whether lyrics or a melody, which the artist may have drawn inspiration for the material they create.

Songwriters should make references to where they may draw their ideas and inspirations. Sometimes, songwriters may include explicit references to other material in their works. This may happen even if they think they didn't source the material from another artist. Remembering your influences helps prevent copyright troubles. Many artists have experienced similar situations over the past decades.

The song 'Blurred Lines' was the subject of a famous case from last year. Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have been sued by the Gaye family and Bridgeport Music. The Gaye family claimed the duo plagiarized the 'sound and feel' of Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give It Up.' Bridgeport Music also claimed the group illegally sampled Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways.'

The Gaye estate, Bridgeport Music and their legal team were successful. The jury found the duo (but not T.I) plagiarized Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give It Up.' The duo later countered the $7.4 million verdict with an appeal.

'Blurred Lines' illustrates what happens when artists draw too much inspiration from an influence. That's why songwriters and musicians should educate themselves about music lyrics and copyright laws.

Music Lyrics and Copyright Law with Myron Mallia-Dare briefs songwriters about the subject. It teaches what to expect if they plan to copyright their works and why it's important to do so.



About Myron Mallia-Dare

Myron Mallia-Dare is a business lawyer who handles matters relating to corporate and commercial law, IP law and entertainment law. As a skilled relationship builder, Myron understands how to address each of his client's unique needs. He develops solutions that ultimately complement their objectives.

Myron's extensive business background and industry experience puts him in a unique position for approaching legal issues. His practical perspective, aided by his M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship, allows him to successfully help clients who operate organization of many scopes – big and small.

In the field of entertainment law, Myron has experience in advising clients in the film, music, media, and artist management business. He has worked with performing artists, band managers, screenwriters, production companies, songwriters and other professionals in the entertainment industry.

His skills have helped him successfully advise clients about small and large business transactions—notably a $5.8 billion transaction. He currently provides assistance for matters related to domestic, international and corporate law. Domestic clients often receive Myron's advice regarding business formations, shareholders agreements and protection of IP rights via trademarks and copyright registrations. He also provides securities law advice, in relation to crowdfunding, financing, joint ventures and M&A through his international corporate law practice.

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The information provided in this video does not constitute legal advice, is of a general nature and is for educational purposes only. Consult a lawyer for advice for any specific situation.

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