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Music: The Business - The Essential Guide to the Law and the Deals [Paperback]

Ann Harrison
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6 July 2000
Are you a recording artist, songwriter, music business manager, music industry executive, publisher, music/TV/radio journalist, media student or lawyer? Are you fascinated by the world of the music industry that fills our daily papers? If the answer is yes, this book aims to tell you everything you need to know. Answering all the questions, demystifying all the jargon, revealing the facts behind the headlines and the real figures underlying those multimillion pound deals, this book offers a guide to the UK's most happening industry. The book covers music law in the UK and there are studies of cases involving some of the greatest British stars, including Elton John, Robbie Williams and George Michael. This textbook looks at all the leading cases, with background details and the author's views on their impact within the music business - how they changed the deals, the contracts and, in some cases, the whole way the business operates. "Music: The Business" describes the precedents that have helped shape the body of UK music law as it stands at the beginning of the 21st century, but, even more importantly in an age of exponentially rapid technological change, it shows the options for the future.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (6 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753504332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753504338
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 17.3 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 768,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ann Harrison was born in 1958 in South Wales, later studying at the University of Surrey, where she received a BSc in German and Law. Ann qualified as a lawyer in October 1983 and, after a spell as a litigator in media law firms Davenport Lyons and Bartletts de Reya (now Mischon de Reya), she joined leading media and entertainment law firm Harbottle & Lewis in 1988. She became a partner in 1991 and now heads up the Music Group there. Harbottle & Lewis are the Year 2000 winners of the Legal Business Award for the Best Media & Entertainment film in the UK. Ann specialises in copyright and contract law, with increasing emphasis on new media and means of delivering music to the public, such as the Internet. She acts mostly for the 'talent' end of the music business: artists, producers, managers, independent labels and publishers. Ann wrote the music-industry section of the latest edition of the leading copyright textbook, Copinger and Skone-James on Copyright

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 7 Oct 2001
Having managed in the music industry for 10 yrs I've given up on the growing number of books that claim to offer you THE definitive guide to underestanding the business.Many are too general to be a safe guide,never grasping the range of deals on offer, or too US biased to translate into a different setting, others written by laywers who need to get out more and speak english instead of legaleze. Here is a book that is both comprehensive and interesting. Recommended by AIM [the association of independent music],the UK trade body for independent labels it gives a good UK perspective but will put you in good stead should america beckon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air to a stagnated market 16 Mar 2001
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This book delivers a much-needed breath of fresh air to the already stagnated market of music business books. It cuts through the pretentions of a business that tries to keep it's enigmatic nature and details exactly what is needed to survive in what seems a glamourous yet harsh environment. Ann Harrison is undoubtedly someone who knows what she is talking about. As a Music Industry Management student, I find this book indispensible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Music Business made easy??? 13 Mar 2001
By A Customer
This book is the most comprehensive guide to being in the music business. Whether you are an artist or Manager, Lawyer or record company employee this book can answer some of those questions you always wanted to know the answers to. Even though it is written by a lawyer it is simple to read and isn't fluffed up with all the usual buzz words and jargon, just plain and simple English. Of course their is a footnote section for the budding music Lawyers to enjoy but for the rest of us in musicville, it's a handy bible that should be in everybodies briefcase or guitar case.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Online music - little coverage... 6 Oct 2009
By MedHed
I bought this book as I felt it would be much easier than my usual method of self-teaching (i.e. wading through a morass of semi-relevant web pages as recommended by Google etc.), and it has helped a great deal. The book covers most aspects of the legal side to the music business, mainly from the (budding) artist point of view, and, with the aid of some historical cases, gives some good advice with regards to contracts etc. on what to do & look out for, as well as what not to do. The book is easy to digest; jargon is broken down nicely, and the text covers most areas that are of interest. I have given this a 4-star review as the price is "a little on the steep side" (65 RRP!) - I bought mine second-hand otherwise I'd have steered clear. The book is a great starting point, and much cheaper than having it all explained to you by a lawyer, but further reading is encouraged to give a clearer definition in some areas - it's not a definitive guide, particularly as it was written back in 2000 and therefore it only touches on the subjects of internet-based music purchasing/contracts/legalities, which is where I imagine a lot of people will now be looking for advice. Well-suited to students as a course reference book, although if you can I'd book it out from the library...
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