Paterson, NJ asked in Contracts, Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for New York

Q: asked my artist not to use a exclusive beat i own and they performed it out of spite and won a sit down witha record co

this person is my artist they are under contract and we have had our differences but they choose todo things on there own is there any legal action i can follow up with since i had ask them not to use it in the first place

1 Lawyer Answer
Aubrey Claudius Galloway
Aubrey Claudius Galloway
  • Scarsdale, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: As long is the beat is properly copyrighted with the United States Library of Congress, a simple task that cost $35 plus attorneys fees, then they are clearly in the wrong and you can sue them... but not necessarily in contract. The only way you can sue them in contract is if you contracted with that artist they would not use the beat. That said, you may sue them for illegally using your intellectual property; in both cases, you will likely win on the issue of liability, but damages will be very difficult to prove… Unless of course the sit down with the record company leads to fame and fortune.

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