#204 - Making Sense of Entertainment Law

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On the show with us today is Dave Ratner, the lead lawyer at Creative Law Network, a boutique entertainment law firm in Denver Colorado. We talk about what the difference is between an entertainment lawyer and a regular business attorney, along with navigating the waters when it comes such contracts as a record deal, a publishing deal, how copyrights protect your music, the new Copyright Claims Board that is being created, how labels and artists are getting creative in their record deals (is a traditional deal better than a 360 contract?), and how Covid has affected the live concert business. We even delve a bit into why the superstars are selling off their catalogs.

Following a career in the music businesses as a tour manager, publicist, band manager, and founder of his own management agency, Dave Ratner is now the lead lawyer at Creative Law Network, a boutique entertainment law firm in Denver. Dave counsels clients throughout the music industry on everything from contracts and licensing, to intellectual property registration and protection, to dispute resolution. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Denver College of Law. Dave is an adjunct professor of entertainment law and copyright law at the University of Denver College of Law, Vice Chair of the Entertainment & Sports Section of the Colorado Bar Association, Advisory Committee Chair of Colorado Attorneys for the Arts, Vice President of the Swallow Hill Music Board, a founding board member of the Colorado Independent Venue Association, and speaks frequently on entertainment law issues throughout the country. For more information on Dave’s law firm, check them out at www.creativelawnetwork.com

Special Thanks to Nick Sullivan, and Andreas Landeck at “The Keep Recording” Studio in assisting in the production of this episode. For more information on their facility, go to: www.thekeeprecording.com

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