Database Catalogs Legal Conflicts
As I mentioned in an earlier post about the startling 60 Minutes segment on Rodriguez, nothing was mentioned about who took the musician’s royalties. Apparently, that information is still a well-kept secret. However, the bootstrap documentary about the musical icon recently won an Oscar. Musicians are notoriously bad at business issues.
That is a fact that anyone entering the field should remember and plan accordingly. For beginners, entering the music industry, it would be a good idea to study the unique database supported by CERL (Center for Empirical Research in the Law). The database contains a description of the legal conflicts that musicians and recording artists have been embroiled in within the industry.
Los Angeles Times
Searching for Sugarman wins best documentary Oscar
Earlier blog post about Rodriguez
Sample database listing Teena Marie/The Brockert Initiative” http://thediscography.org/discoDbResults.php
Center for Empirical Research in the Law http://cerl.wustl.edu/