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Product Details

  • Series: This Business of Music
  • Hardcover: 510 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823077233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823077236
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

M. William Krasilovsky is an attorney specializing in music and copyright. He has been a trustee of the Copyright Society of America and has served as music counsel to Warner Music and special music counsel to the United Nations and UNICEF. As an adjunct professor at New York University and the State University of New York, Mr. Krasilovsky taught courses on the music business and on ethical issue important to the entertainment industry. He contributes frequently to entertainment and law journals and has lectured at universities and bar associations across the country. He lives in Stamford, CT.





Sidney Shemel died in 1994, and his work on the first six editions of this book is still very much in evidence throughout the current text. Mr. Shemel was Vice President of Music at MGM-UA and vice president and legal counsel to the United Artists Corporation’s record companies and its domestic and international music publishing subsidiaries.





John M. Gross, a graduate of Harvard Law School, practices entertainment and music law. Mr. Gross served as Vice President and General Counsel of the Entertainment Division of Commonwealth United Corp. and later became a partner in the law firm of Arrow, Edelstein & Gross, P.C. He lives and works in New York City.





Jonathan Feinstein, a New York and California attorney specializing in intellectual property strategy related to entertainment and technology ventures, was educated at Wesleyan University and Northwestern University Law School. He holds several patents and has developed commercially successful products. As an entrepreneur and executive in Silicon Valley and Seattle, he has worked with Apple Computer and Sophisticated Circuits, Inc., among others. He serves as an advisor and expert witness on media technology.

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A must read IF you have any involvement in the music business.
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It has in depth insight into the music business and law aspects.
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The content in the book was very informational and interesting!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Randi Reed on December 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
An absolute must-have. When I was a teenager in a band, This Business of Music was one of the first how-to books I ever bought. Many updates later, it's still the music industry Bible.

If you're a complete novice to the industry or you're not used to reading contract language, the technical terms and legalese can be confusing and slow-going at first. But stay with it; it will get easier as your understanding of the music business grows. Some other reviewers complained about this, but understanding some music industry legalese is vital if you want to be able to cover your *ss in the music industry before you can afford a good attorney. (Later, when you can afford a good attorney, you'll save a ton of money by having a basic understanding what your attorney is talking about. Savvy, successful musicians know what's in their contracts.)

Be patient, and you can get through it; no one ever has to know how many times you have to re-read something before it makes sense. When I bought my This Business of Music as a kid, I didn't think I'd ever get through it! But I did, and a music business career later, I'm a music business consultant.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Virgil Moorefield on September 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have owned several editions of this book through the years. I am impressed with this tenth edition of a standard reference work that I point my students toward (I am a composer and a professor of music involved with production and recording).
Ever wonder about the potential legal issues involved in publishing a compilation? Or covering a famous song? The finer points of movie soundtrack copyright? Or perhaps you are confused about terms often used but poorly understood by most musicians, such as mechanical rights or what constitutes a work for hire.
As far as updates, I am pleased to see a discussion of digital downloads, the legal issues and battles involved, and their share of the music business pie. There are lists of labels distributed by the four majors-- I didn't know that Caroline and Astralwerks are both owned by EMI, for example-- as well as the inclusion of contemporary phenomena such as the South by Southwest Festival, ascendant in recent years.
But the most important aspect of this book to me is the authoritative voice of a seasoned New York City entertainment lawyer who has been around for a long time and manages to stay abreast of new trends and practices.
In short: highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeff M. Brown on March 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the industry standard for substantive knowledge of the music business. Deal points, standard contract provisions, the often technical and confusing jargon, and the historical context for many industry practices are all covered here in comprehensive yet concise fashion. The book comes with a CD-ROM containing sample agreements, forms from the United States Copyright Office, and forms from the three performing rights societies. A must for those seeking to understand day-to-day business and legal operations in the music industry. The material can be a little daunting, and at first might seem impenetrable. Multiple reads of a particular chapter or paragraph are often necessary to fully grasp the relevant subject matter. But that's a testament to the complexity of the various segments of the music industry, not the skill of the authors, who are experienced music law practitioners.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug DePew on January 16, 2014
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My original copy of "This Business of Music" was one of the textbooks when I studied to be a recording engineer in the early '90s. Last year, a friend told me she wanted me to manage her music career. I knew an updated copy of this book would be essential with all of the changes in technology and the law since I studied the industry. This book is essential to anyone considering a career in music. It thoroughly explains all aspects of the business in easy to read terms. Of particular interest is the section on copyright law.

If you are involved in any aspect of the industry, I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Sherman on September 24, 2007
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This warhorse of a textbook still gives you the information you need when you need it. My one complaint is that it's still written in a very user unfriendly language. It just seems to me that this book can explain things with a little simpler English.

There are some good additions/changes to reflect current changes in the industry.

However, if you are a novice trying to get a feel for the machinations of the music industry, there are better books out there.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2008
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This book is the bible for Music Business. It has been very helpful to me. It explains everything you need to know about the business and legals behind it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gabriel on September 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found this to be a really interesting subject. Most people know next to nothing about the nuts and bolts of the music business, especially the behind-the-scenes legal battles over music, lyrics, copyrights, ownership, etc. This seasoned attorney, who can name-drop like crazy without being in the least offensive,tries to untangle the jargon for the average music fan, and explains the complexities of the industry from Tin Pan Alley to i-pods. It's not "recreational reading" nor should it be judged as such, but it is a fascinating glimpse of an industry that ultimately impacts every household with a radio.
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