Should Musicians Give Their Producer Songwriting Credit?
A very common question I get asked by my musician friends and clients is whether they should give their producer songwriting credit on songs they’ve produced. This question brings up a key distinction to be drawn between the Songwriting Copyright and the Sound Recording Copyright. Record Points vs. Songwriting Points Rather than give their producer […]
Does TikTok Pay Musicians? — Kurt Dahl
Does TikTok Pay Musicians? The short answer: Yes.The long answer: Very little for most users. Let’s examine why. If TikTok Pays Musicians? How Does TikTok Pay You? Your music will generate royalties from both the master recording and the songwriting (publishing), as it does with any usage. If you are a member of a PRO […]
Can You Copyright a Drumbeat? -Kurt Dahl, Lawyer Drummer
In light of the many high profile plagiarism cases making headlines in the music business over the last few years (Lana Del Rey, Led Zeppelin, Robin Thicke, Sam Smith, etc.), it felt like the right time to examine the topic of songwriting from where we all sit: the drum throne. All of the above instances […]
TikTok For Musicians: What You Need To Know – by Kurt Dahl
One of the biggest developments in the music industry in 2020 was TikTok. While the app was definitely big in 2018 and 2019, it truly blew up in 2020, surpassing over 1 billion users across 150 countries and establishing itself as a bellwether in the music industry. Many of the biggest success stories in the […]