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by Alan S. Bergman

The ‘Purdie Shuffle’ and the Price of Fame

Publishing Conundrum - To Keep Or Not To Keep Your Rights

Jazz in Bloom

The Compulsory License

Personal Appearance, Part One and Two

Chaos on the Internet

The Mythology of Copyright

Anatomy of a Record Deal

From Archive to Classic: the Story of the Epic Monk/Coltrane Carnegie Hall Recording

Music Publishing: It's History, Structure and Operation and Its Future In A Changing Industry

Why Are They Treating Us Like Criminals

Copyright in the International Classroom and Marketplace

What is Copyright - The Theory and Practice of Protecting Your Music

The Use of Protected Materials in an Educational Setting

Controlled Composition Language

Contracts for Personal Appearances

Music Licensing Act

The Language of the Music Business

Music and the Internet

Representation: Who Needs It, What Do They Do, and Who Does It Best?

Questions and Answers to Several Topics

The ‘Purdie Shuffle’ and the Price of Fame

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From Alan Bergman's Down Beat column, about publishing and rights.

Publishing Conundrum - To Keep Or Not To Keep Your Rights

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From Alan Bergman's Down Beat column, about publishing and rights.

Jazz in Bloom

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From Alan Bergman's Down Beat column, about iPhone aps and copyright issues.

The Compulsory License

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From Alan Bergman's Down Beat column, about utilziing existing works.

Personal Appearance, Part One and Two

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From Alan Bergman's Down Beat column, about personal appearances

Chaos on the Internet

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From Alan Bergman's Down Beat column, about rights and the Net.

The Mythology of Copyright

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From Alan Bergman's Down Beat column, a working guide to copyrights.

Anatomy of a Record Deal

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A highly informative explanation of record deals, from the perspective of a man who's spent nearly half a century in the business.

From Archive to Classic: the Story of the Epic Monk/Coltrane Carnegie Hall Recording

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The fascinating story behind the most important Jazz release of 2005, Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane.

Music Publishing: It's History, Structure and Operation and Its Future In A Changing Industry

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This article examines music publishing, from its inception to its future in the rapidly changing music industry, with special emphasis on the inner workings.

Why Are They Treating Us Like Criminals

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In this very comprehensive overview of the biggest story in the music business today, I detail the campaign against illegal downloading and its academic, legislative and economic impact.

Copyright In The International Classroom and Marketplace

At this year’s IAJE Convention in Toronto, I moderated a panel on Copyright In the International Classroom and Market Place." A Panel of Attorneys and Educators from the U.S. and Canada compared their respective copyright systems and with specific reference to how they deal with conflicting interests of educators, performers, composers, arrangers, scholarly publications, and users of music like record labels.

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What Is Copyright - The Theory and Practice of Protecting Your Music

This brief overview is not intended to be a comprehensive discussion of copyright or of the complex administration of those rights. But some knowledge of copyright is essential to anyone who wants to be a creator, performer or teacher in this area, which is changing so rapidly especially with so many new issues relating to the Internet and digital distribution of music via streaming and downloading.

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The Use of Protected Materials in an Educational Setting

In order to guide the teacher or student towards deciding whether permission is needed to use the music in the manner intended, I explore this balance between the creative and proprietary aspects of copyright.

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Controlled Compositions Language

I recently got into a conversation with a musician about publishing royalties, which I will describe in some detail in this article, as it concerns the extremely important situation where the artist records his own compositions on his own album. This area is referred to in the vernacular of record business contracts as "Controlled Compositions Language."

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Contracts

A most important contract for a working musician is the contract for personal appearances. Obviously, the contents of each rider will vary according to who the musician is, the nature of performance, and the type of venue. This article presents an overview of contacts for personal appearances.

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Music Licensing Act

The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which extends the length of copyright in the United States by another 20 years from the current life plus 50 to life plus 70, is a misnomer for legislation which is extremely damaging for songwriters, composers and music publishers.

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The Language of the Music Business

Knowing the language and being able to communicate effectively with other professionals is half the battle in getting a deal done. A music business negotiator who knows the right words to use immediately establishes his or her own creditability and conversely. This articles lists and explains some of the basic terms used in the music business.

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Music and the Internet

The Internet is the hot topic these days; and use of music on the web presents new issues to owners, users, and lawyers. This article discusses Internet rights, conflicts, potential solutions, and Jazz applications.

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Representation: Who Needs It? Who Does It, What Do They Do, And Who Does It Best?

Every artist thinks he or she needs help. This article reviews the various types of representatives analyzing their duties, compensation, advantages and disadvantages.

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Q&A: Recording Contracts, How Do I Get The Label to Advertise and Promote My CD More?

"I've been asked to do an album for a label. What are the things I need to know when presented with a contract?"

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