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How Close is Too Close: Licensing and the Law

April 3, 2017

For this week’s blog we thought we’d take a look at an issue that’s equally important to music supervisors AND artist – copyright law. When it comes to music, how close is too close? We’re all familiar with at least a few examples of artists getting into legal trouble after recording a song that closely resembles another. Recently we’ve heard about Led Zeppelin being accused of plagiarism by the band Spirit, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” being compared with Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down,” and probably the most complex instance, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” cutting it too close to Marvin Gaye’s “Gotta Give It Up.”

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Shopping

Black Friday and Beyond

November 21, 2016

Posted in: Television, Advertising

Black Friday is changing. This year’s Black Friday, which falls on Nov. 25th, is certainly shaping up to be a big one – but if trends continue, we may be seeing a permanent shift away from the shopping chaos of years past. The number of shoppers taking part in Black Friday seems to have peaked around 2012, and has been dropping steadily since then – in fact the actual turnout has consistently fallen below projections for several years now. There are many factors at play – from Americans’ shift away from credit debt and towards savings, to the rise of Cyber Monday, to a trend towards digital goods rather than goods sold in brick-and-mortar stores.

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Fitz

5 Current Artists Launched by Advertising

June 20, 2016

Posted in: Music, Advertising

Popular music and advertising have been intimately linked for as long as the two mediums have existed. Advertisers love using their consumers’ favorite bands to stir up positive feelings about a product. Often, the formula is simple – check out the Billboard charts and see who’s selling – then offer the artist a boatload of money for the song.

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Mixer

How to Write for Advertisements: 5 Tips from CrucialCustom CEO Tanvi Patel

May 9, 2016

Posted in: Music, Advertising

As CEO of CrucialCustom, Tanvi Patel finds, creates, hones, and licenses custom music for Internet advertisements. Revenue from music for video is surging, and savvy composers diversify— pursuing placement in ads, films, TV, video games, and countless other opportunities. Now Ms. Patel shares her tips to help songwriters excel at meeting video creators’ distinct specifications:

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Cereal

Where Have All the Jingles Gone?

March 14, 2016

Posted in: Music, Advertising

When most people think "commercial music," they think of their favorite jingles. A commercial jingle is a short melody, usually paired with a simple, memorable lyric, that aims to stick in the viewers mind for the rest of the day. But when done right, "the rest of the day" may very well become "the rest of your life" Jingles used to rule the airwaves as well as the ad agency boardroom - so where have all the jingles gone? Let's start from the beginning.

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