Understanding the Music Law
Rarely to the masses care to know about certain clauses related to specific laws such as the music law. Even those who have heard about it may still have questions lingering in their minds regarding certain parts of it that are unclear to them.
When we come to look at it, however, we realize that understanding this law is very simple. The simplest way of understanding any law lies in breaking it into chunks that may be interpreted as independent clauses and then trying to bring those clauses back together once the interpretation has been done. To help you fully understand this law and how it is applied, we are going to use that approach in this discussion.
One of the clauses of the music law that we should look into is the one dealing with the application for the opposition of a trademark publication. Normally, the state has a window period within which it publishes the trademarks after their submission by the respective owners. In the time intervening before the publication, the authority takes it upon itself to establish if the trademark is unique and not plagiarized in any way. The trademark is then published if the authority is satisfied that it is unique and not plagiarized in any way.
However, that may not be the case always. In certain cases, the trademark may be published with errors or with plagiarized contents in it. This can happen most of the times when the authority overlooks certain aspects in the trademark which may be inappropriate. In cases such as this, the public has a provision within the music law to oppose such a publication. This can be done through application for the opposition of a trademark publication. The person doing this must file a notice of opposition with the regulatory body and clearly state the grounds for which they seek to annul the publication of a given trademark.
The music copyright termination is the other clause of the music law that needs a clear interpretation. Unlike the trademark opposition clause which renders the property owner a victim, this clause is applicable for recording artists who in this case are the only people allowed to use this clause to their benefit. The main reason artist may find this clause useful is because it protects their property from being used by the recording companies past the expiry of the contracts they have signed with those recording companies.
This clause seeks to stop the recording or the marketing company from using the intellectual property of the artist without their consent or without proper contract signings. This clause also requires that prerequisite notices be filed by the artist with a statement of proper reasons for the termination of their copyrights.