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Understanding the Music Law
The contents of the music law may not be known to many people. 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.
Taking a closer look of the law, however, we realize it is not hard to understand at all for those who take the time to read broadly about it. 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 clause of the music law that we should examine is the one related to the opposition of trademark publication. 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. Publication indicates that the trademark is unique and that the owner may use it.
However, things may not work as said above in certain cases. At times, the publication of trademarks may be erroneous despite all the above scruples. This can happen most of the times when the authority overlooks certain aspects in the trademark which may be inappropriate. When this happens, the law gives provision for people to oppose the publication. 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 music copyright termination is the other clause of the music law that needs a clear interpretation. Unlike the trademark opposition clause which renders the property owner a victim, this clause is applicable for recording artists who in this case are the only people allowed to use this clause to their benefit. 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 is useful in cushioning the intellectual property of the musicians from an authorized use by unscrupulous recording or marketing companies. This clause, just like the copyright publication opposition requires that the music owners file certain notices to the authority with clear reasons for seeking the termination.