Dictates of the Music Law
The music law is one of the laws whose clauses may not be quite well known by the people outside the legal profession. 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.
Understanding this law, however, should not be heard at all. The easiest way to interpret any law is by interpreting it clause by clause and then looking at the relationship between the different clauses. To help you fully understand this law and how it is applied, we are going to use that approach in this discussion.
The first very important clause of the music law is the statement of how publications of trademarks should be opposed. In normal cases, trademarks take some duration of time before they are published following their submission by their owners. During this period of time, scrutiny of the trademark is made to establish if it bears any resemblance to that of another trademark owner. The trademark is then published if the authority is satisfied that it is unique and not plagiarized in any way.
However, things may not work as said above in certain cases. In certain cases, the trademark may be published with errors or with plagiarized contents in it. This can be particularly the case if the authority misses on certain aspects that regulate the publication of trademarks. Such an erroneous publication may be opposed by the public owing to the fact that the music law offers such provisions. The provision for this is the application for the opposition of 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 other clause that needs to be understood is the music copyright termination. This clause is quite dissimilar to the one we have just discussed since the person who files for copyright termination is the owner of the intellectual property, in this case, music. This clause allows recording artists to terminate their contracts with such companies as soon as the contracts are mature or in cases of any other reasons they may deem necessary.
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. Just like the copyright opposition application clause, this clause also requires the musician to file the necessary notices and indicate clear reasons for seeking the termination of their copyrights with the respective companies.