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986 Hartford Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919

RHODE ISLAND MUSIC AND COPYRIGHT LAWYER – BENJAMIN A. MESITI, ESQ.

Benjamin Mesiti is not only a top-notch lawyer, but he’s also a musician, writer, producer and a recording engineer! Naturally, Benjamin has incorporated music into his law practice so that the local entertainment community can benefit from his 25+ years of music experience.

 

WHO NEEDS A MUSIC LAWYER?

Anyone who writes, performs or produces music or other works, part-time or full-time, as well as actors/actresses, and anyone who is presented with a contract to sign can benefit from the services of a music lawyer.

WHY DO I NEED A MUSIC LAWYER?

The two most popular reasons for hiring a music lawyer are for contracts and copyrights.

Copyrighting a song, or other written work, can be confusing and, if not done properly, can compromise your legal rights in the event of an infringement. The so called, “poor man’s copyright”, done by mailing a copy of your work to yourself, is better than nothing, but offers very little protection, if any, in the courtroom. Copyrighting your works is not expensive, and will save you thousands in legal fees over the “poor man’s copyright” in the event of an infringement. The only way to federally protect your rights is to be granted a copyright through the United States Copyright Office. Mesiti Law can provide this service to you.

Contracts are another big area of music law. Do you have a contract with each venue you perform at? Do you have a contract with other members of your band or group? Do you have a contract with the recording studio you hired? Having contracts in place ahead of time can save you money, time and aggravation. Not to mention that you will appear much more professional and serious about your work, leading to more business.

WHY DO I NEED A CONTRACT WITH THE VENUE, BANDMATES AND RECORDING STUDIOS?

VENUE: There are certain things you need as a performer; lights, power outlets, dressing room, beverages, etc. Whatever your needs are, a solid contract will outline the venue owner’s obligations. Will tickets be sold? Will money be collected at the door? Who gets that money? If the venue hires you to perform, but not enough tickets are sold, do you still get paid? These are important terms that need to be set up prior to the event so that you don’t get taken advantage of.

BANDMATES: The most overlooked contract is one with the other members of your band or group. Let’s say your band needs a new PA system. Who will pay for it? Who will own it? What happens to equipment that has been purchased if the band breaks up? What if one member leaves? How will the money from each performance be split? You can avoid costly problems, not to mention hard feelings, by putting everything in writing before a problem arises.

RECORDING STUDIOS: Did you know that you can spend thousands on a recording studio, only to discover that you don’t own the sound recordings to your own songs?! Under current copyright law, the person who creates the work (aka the sound engineer) owns the sound recording, much in the same way a photographer owns the originals of the pictures they take. So, you would need the recording studio’s permission to sell copies of your songs and possibly have to give them a portion of your profits. In addition to the sound recording issues, other issues such as price, time schedule and credits will all be addressed in a good studio contract.

BUT THE VENUE AND THE STUDIOS GAVE ME CONTRACTS TO SIGN!

Often you will be presented with contracts to sign. These contracts are most certainly written to benefit the party who is presenting the contract. Don’t be taken advantage of; have Mesiti Law review and refine those contracts to make it fair for both sides.

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At Mesiti Law, we represent clients throughout all of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, including the Rhode Island cities and towns of Providence, Central Falls, Coventry, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston, North Providence, Pawtucket, Warwick, W. Warwick, Foster, Scituate, Cumberland, Bristol, Barrington, Smithfield, Lincoln and Woonsocket; and Massachusetts cities and towns of Attleboro, N. Attleboro, Fall River, Seekonk, Milford, Wrentham, Swansea, New Bedford and Taunton, as well as all of Providence County, Bristol County, Kent County and Washington County in RI and Bristol County in MA. Free Initial Consultation.

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