Some of your favorite stars have been sued for being "inspired" by the works of others. From photographs to lyrics here is the dirt of how Drake, Lil Kim, and Rihanna found themselves the subject of copyright lawsuits from pretty much unknown folks.
In the beginning when you are writing, producing, or collaborating with friends things may be free flowing, super casual, and going perfect with no formal agreement necessary. But I promise, as a lawyer my messiest and most difficult experiences are getting my clients money from situations that started out with friends or fellow group members. Everyone is cool until money gets involved or a project starts to get major traction.
The best way to keep friends and connections in the business is to keep business as business and get everything in writing...let me give you a few MAJOR KEYS....
You posted new pictures to your instagram to promote your brand only to see someone use it for a flyer or a facebook ad without your permission!
You give an artist a rough mix of a track you produced and next thing you know it's up on itunes and spotify without your permission or a split sheet!
You write a song in a session and months later you hear your song on the radio. When you check the credits your name is no where to be found!
HERE'S WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN SOMEONE ONLINE STEALS YOUR CONTENT:
If you are an artist, producer, or songwriter someone along the way has probably told you that you need an LLC or at least some kind of official business structure.
This may or may not be necessary depending on where you are in your career. Here are 4 ways to know it is time in your music career to open an LLC, get a partnership agreement in place, or just keep doing what you're doing as yourself.