The music industry is fraught with legal hazards. Aspiring and established music and recording artists need to protect themselves against an array of situations, including the unauthorized use of their work, disagreements with record companies, failings by performance venues, and the breakup of bands.
You must position yourself as a business to protect your rights. A key player in that business should be a Fort Myers music and recording artist lawyer who knows the music industry well. The lawyer can review and advise you about the contracts you enter to anticipate and avoid future problems and misunderstandings and take legal action against infringers.
No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.
An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic “road map” on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you’ve laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.
Pro se – This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.
Statute – Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.
Subject matter jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.