Business Musings: Licensing Expo Recap

An introduction to the Licensing Expo blogs that will appear here all summer long.

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Business Musings: Here It Comes

I didn’t mean to go down the rabbit hole this afternoon. I blame Led Zeppelin. Seriously. I blame them. In mid-May, I flagged an article on Rollingstone.com titled “The Eternal Revenue Stream of Led Zeppelin.” I had no real idea what the article was about, but I figured it might be important for writers, because the music business is always way ahead of the next […]

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Business Musings: Licensing Expo Prep 1

As I write this, the Las Vegas Licensing Expo is over three weeks away. When this goes live, it’s less than a week away. The expo, which is the biggest of its kind in the world, puts licensors together with licensees, and allows people with intellectual property to perhaps license it to someone who wants to produce some kind of derivative work. If you didn’t […]

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Business Musings: Patreon, Copyright, And Personal Choice

On February 9, The Passive Voice published a piece titled “The Beginning of the End for Patreon.” [link] As he so often does, the Passive Guy linked to another blog post, and then did his own riff on that post. The other blog post is worth reading. It’s by Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, and discusses Patreon’s viability. As the Passive Guy investigated the […]

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Business Musings: Outrage Fatigue

Every time I log onto my Twitter feed, everyone is screaming at everyone else about something. Even my go-to writers are angry right now. I logged onto #Caturday last Saturday, terrified that the silly cat pictures had devolved into some kind of war between Siamese and tortoise shells, but I haven’t found that so far. Although this photo gave me a moment of concern: Granted, […]

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Business Musings: Learning, The Future, and CES (Contracts/Negotiations)

In November, 2007, the members of the Writers Guild of America (East & West) walked off the job as part of a contract negotiation with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. (AMPTP) That strike was consequential for a variety of reasons. But what caught me at the time, and catches me now, was how prescient that strike was. The writers walked off because, […]

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Business Musings: The Growing Importance of Intellectual Property (Planning For 2019 Part 6)

If you don’t understand copyright and you consider yourself a professional writer, then you do not understand the business you are in. If you have published a novel, traditionally or indie, and you do not understand copyright, you are volunteering to get screwed over and over and over again. I say this often, and I’m saying it loudly again, because the trend for 2019 and beyond is that every organization you do business with will try to take a piece (if not all) of your copyright on each and every one of your projects.

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Business Musings: Audio (Planning For 2019 Part 4)

Initially, I started this post as a highlight reel of things that we need to pay attention to in 2019, but which I don’t have the time to explore deeply. I started with audio, and although I don’t have the time to explore audio deeply even in this post, just explaining where we are took more words than I had planned. (Please note that I […]

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Business Musings: Copyright Savvy

Gloria and Emilio Estefan have an estimated net worth of 700 million dollars. Jimmy Buffett has an estimated net worth of 550 million dollars. What do those artists have in common? They kept control of the copyrights to their songs. They maintained control of those copyrights starting in the 1970s, when other musicians signed away those rights because they were told that to keep those […]

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Business Musings: More Negotiation Advice From The Hardass

One of the major reasons I write a lot about contracts and negotiation is because in the entertainment field, which is where we writers work, contracts are a nightmare. They’re often written by people who are not lawyers (agent contracts with writers) or negotiated by people who are not lawyers (publishing contracts negotiated by an agent for a writer) or are based on “accepted practices” […]

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