What the Music Law States
The contents of the music law may not be known to many people. There are, however, those who have heard things related to this law but the things they heard were not as clear to them since they need to be interpreted to them.
When we come to look at it, however, we realize that understanding this law is very simple. The easiest way to interpret any law is by interpreting it clause by clause and then looking at the relationship between the different clauses. This discussion takes that approach of trying to look into various components of the law in order to make it clear to all and sundry.
One of the clauses of the music law that we should look into is the one dealing with the application for the opposition of a trademark publication. In normal cases, trademarks take some duration of time before they are published following their submission by their owners. The duration of waiting is usually crucial to allow the officials scrutinize the trademark to ascertain that it is not a copy of someone’s else job. After the authority is satisfied with this, it usually publishes the trademark.
However, that may not be the case always. Sometimes a trademark may be published even after it bears some resemblance to that of other owners. This can happen most of the times when the authority overlooks certain aspects in the trademark which may be inappropriate. 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 music copyright termination is the other clause of the music law that needs a clear interpretation. 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. The main reason artist may find this clause useful is because it protects their property from being used by the recording companies past the expiry of the contracts they have signed with those recording companies.
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.