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The Controlled Composition Clause and Why It Reduces Your Bottom Line

WALLACE COLLINS is an attorney in private practice in New York concentrating in entertainment and intellectual property law handling both transactional and litigation matters. The transactional work focuses primarily on structuring and negotiating music, film, television and internet business deals as well as consulting clients on branding and marketing strategy. His litigation matters encompass representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in copyright and trademark infringement cases as well as general entertainment contract disputes.

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Wallace Collins, an entertainment attorney based in New York, explains the two-copyright arrangement that runs the music business (i.e. the song itself, and a specific performance of that song) and how the Controlled Composition Clause of the copyright code allows record labels to reduce the royalty rate paid to artists in instances where the artist is also the songwriter and therefore is in theory entitled to royalties for both copyrights. He also discusses how the Controlled Composition Clause can really work against an artist’s bottom line when choosing songs to put on album.

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October 2007
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