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Jacquees vs Ella Mai - How to Legally Make Cover Songs

Jacquees vs Ella Mai - How to Legally Make Cover Songs

In case you missed the buzz on Twitter last week. The internet exploded when Jacquees’ cover of “Trip” by Ella Mai was removed from Soundcloud and Youtube. While the internet decided it was a hater move on the part of Ella Mai, her label made it clear it was business related and she had no say in the matter.

A better description is that it was a LEGAL matter. As T-Pain pointed out you CANNOT monetize material that does not belong to you. In simple words that is THEFT in legal terms it is copyright infringement.

So how do artists cover other people’s songs all the time and how was THIS different?

Follow the jump to find out!

Lebron James puts Nick Saban on notice for Copyright and Trademark Infringement

Lebron James puts Nick Saban on notice for Copyright and Trademark Infringement

LeBron's camp slapped my beloved University of Alabama with an Infringement Notice that smelled heavily of a Cease & Desist (although they deny it is a cease and desist) for releasing a digital series called "Shop Talk" strikingly similar to "The Shop" released by LeBron's Uninterrupted platform.

Here are the details and clips of both shows from ESPN, Alabama, and UnInterrupted:

What to do When Someone Online Steals Your Content

What to do When Someone Online Steals Your Content

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:

Collecting Digital Royalties: Step By Step Guide for Artists & Producers

Collecting Digital Royalties: Step By Step Guide for Artists & Producers

If you are a producer or an indy artist you likely have digital royalties floating out there you have no idea you have. If your music is available for play on Pandora or any other streaming service then you likely have money waiting for you in the royalty ether.

This is how you collect it:

5 WAYS TO KNOW IF YOUR BUSINESS IS ACTUALLY TOGETHER...OR JUST LOOKS TOGETHER

5 WAYS TO KNOW IF YOUR BUSINESS IS ACTUALLY TOGETHER...OR JUST LOOKS TOGETHER

It is easier to look like you have it together than actually have it together. As entrepreneurs we often get caught up in the everyday of running our business and handling clients that we over look minor details that could land your business in major trouble.

If you can't answer these 5 questions then you might just look like your business together rather than have it together:

LEGALLY PROTECT YOUR BRAND..WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

LEGALLY PROTECT YOUR BRAND..WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

Contracts, Copyrights, and Trademarks are the biggest issues digital media professionals are faced with as they try to build their brands and influence with corporate sponsors but often the topics they know the least about. However, utilizing your legal rights in these three areas could be the difference between blogging as a hobby and getting paid major dollars.