Legal Resources

Legal Resources

  • U.S. Copyright Act (United States Code, Title 17)
  • Berne Treaty
  • Lanham Act
  • U.S. Copyright Office
  • Forms for Registration of Copyright
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Forms for Trademark Application
  • Entertainment & Sports Law Journal (Published by the Forum on Entertainment & Sports Law Industries of the American Bar Association)
  • Recent Copyright Legislation News
  • International Trademark Association
  • Music Publishers’ Association’s Copyright Resource Center
  • Copyright Clearance Center
  • U.S. Copyright Office, Circular 50 (Instructions regarding registration of musical compositions)
  • U.S. Copyright Office, Circular 56 ( Instructions regarding registration of sound recordings)
  • U.S. Copyright Office, Circular 56a ( Discusses distinction between musical composition and sound recording copyrights)
  • Copyright & Fair Use
  • Copyright Myths Explained
  • Copyright Website
  • R. Mark Halligan’s Trade Secrets Home Page

Nashville Record Labels

  • Atlantic Records
  • Bertelsmann Music Group, Nashville
  • Capitol Nashville
  • Sony Music Nashville
  • Warner Brothers Nashville
  • Lyric Street Records
  • Reprise Nashville
  • Curb Records
Chart & Publications

  • Billboard
  • Billboard Top Country Albums
  • R&R Top 30 Country Chart
  • Gavin
  • Gavin Country Chart
  • Music Row Magazine
  • American Songwriter
  • The Nashville Scene
  • Nashville Business Journal
  • The Tennessean

Performance Rights Organizations

  • BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.)
  • ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers)
  • SESAC, Inc.
    (Privately Owned)
  • The Harry Fox Agency
    (Mechanical Collection)
  • Peforming Right Society
  • MCPS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society)
  • GEMA (The German Authors’ Rights Society)
    (Performance and Mechanical Collection)
  • Belgium Society of Authors, Composers & Publishers
    (Performance and Mechanical Collection)
  • APRA
    (New Zealand & Australia Mechanical Collection)
  • The Nordic Copyright Bureau
    (Norway Performance Rights)
  • TONO
    (Norway Mechanical Collection)
    (Dutch & Netherlands Copyright Society)
Other Music Industry Organizations

  • Country Music Association
  • Nashville Songwriters Association, International
  • Nashville Entertainment Association (NEA)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences (NARAS)
  • Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
  • National Music Publishers Association (NMPA)
  • Songwriters Guild of America (SGA)
  • National Academy of Songwriters (NAS)
  • American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
    of the United States & Canada
  • Nashville Musician’s Union
    (Local AFM)
  • TNN

Intellectual Property

  • Intellectual Property Law (FindLaw)
  • Intellectual Property Magazine
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Papers by Professor Thomas G. Field, J