Understanding the Music Law
The music law is one of the laws whose clauses may not be quite well known by the people outside the legal profession. 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.
When we come to look at it, however, we realize that understanding this law is very simple. 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. Normally, the state has a window period within which it publishes the trademarks after their submission by the respective 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.
However, that may not be the case always. In certain cases, the trademark may be published with errors or with plagiarized contents in it. This can be particularly the case if the authority misses on certain aspects that regulate the publication of trademarks. In cases such as this, the public has a provision within the music law to oppose such a publication. This is done in a process called the opposition of a trademark publication. The person who seeks to do so must first of all file a notice of opposition and in this notice, they should indicate all the reasons they deem crucial for the annulment of the publication.
The music copyright termination is the other clause of the music law that needs a clear interpretation. This clause is quite dissimilar to the one we have just discussed since the person who files for copyright termination is the owner of the intellectual property, in this case, music. Musicians have a provision in the music law to terminate their contracts with certain recording or marketing companies after the expiry of such contracts.
This clause gives the freedom to any music owner who may want to deny the recording or marketing agency rights to further record or market their music. This clause also requires that prerequisite notices be filed by the artist with a statement of proper reasons for the termination of their copyrights.