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THE MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT

Posted on March 31, 2021 at 4:00 PM

*** For more information on this important piece of legislation, contact our office. *** 


Law Office of Deborah E. Johnson, Esq.

817-778-8338


The Music Modernization Act (MMA) updates the copyright law to make statutory licensing more fair for creators and more efficient for digital music providers. It is divided into three key titles, outlined below:

 

Title I—Musical Works Modernization Act;

Title...

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HOW TO SURVIVE LAW SCHOOL 101

Posted on March 31, 2021 at 3:55 PM

 

HOW TO SURVIVE LAW SCHOOL

by Deborah E. Johnson, Esq.

 

I am often asked how I survived law school. I can tell you, it wasn’t easy. I was not your traditional single, just-graduated-from-college, mid-20s student. I was 30, married, with 2 children.

 

But here’s the secret: PURE DETERMINATION. The truth is, for any student to graduate from law school (and pass the Bar Exam), you are going to need pure determin...

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5 Things an Indie Artist should know about Entertainment Law

Posted on March 31, 2021 at 3:50 PM

5 Things an Indie Artist should know about Entertainment Law

Written by Deborah E. Johnson, Esq.


 

1. Hire an Entertainment or Music Lawyer.

 

Many artists, especially independent artists, fail to see the importance of hiring an entertainment/music lawyer. Some artists feel that it is not in their budget or that it is not a priority. Hiring a music lawyer is of such importance that an artist should budget the cost just as any othe...

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Why I Became and Entertainment Lawyer as featured in Lawyer'd Magazine (Spring 2018 Issue)

Posted on August 7, 2019 at 7:50 AM

Why did I become an Entertainment Lawyer?

In 2013, I made the difficult decision, and planted a foundation, to leave a well-

paying federal job and transition to a solo firm. My grandmother had months to

live, my first grandchild had just been born, and honestly,...

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10 COMMON PITFALLS EVERY AUTHOR SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SELF-PUBLISHING

Posted on July 31, 2019 at 8:20 AM

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Written by Deborah E. Johnson, Esq.**

In this digital age, many authors are choosing to self-publish. While self-publishing opens the door of opportunity that many authors would never receive using the traditional publishing method, there are several pitfalls to self-publishing contracts that book authors should be aware of when seeking out services that wi...

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5 THINGS EVERY INDIE ARTIST SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT LAW

Posted on July 24, 2019 at 2:20 PM

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Written by Deborah E. Johnson, Esq. 

1. Hire an Entertainment or Music Lawyer.

Many artists, especially independent artists, fail to see the importance of hiring an entertainment/music lawyer. Some artists feel that it is not in their budget or that it is not a priority. Hiring a music lawyer is of such importance ...

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How does your creative process work? Shy Speaks

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM

A common interview question for artist Is, “How does your creative process work?”

Well, I want to give you a small glimpse on how the bigger picture turned out…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhxa7glxVLY&feature=youtu.be&mc_cid=0463ca9a18&mc_eid=0b4310c531" target="_blank">Watch Short Video

I know that was a super quick snapshot. But i...

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The Guide For Every Screenwriter

Posted on July 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM

ARTIST STEPHEN THOMAS RELEASES NEW SINGLE!

Posted on July 12, 2019 at 4:05 PM

SINGLE CAN BE PURCHASED ON ITUNES

Shy Speaks New Vlog!

Posted on July 6, 2019 at 2:05 PM

NEW! NEW! NEW!
VLOG 001

A Peek Behind a 90,000+ Attended Faith-Based Event

In this episode, follow along as I breathe in the reality of being a performer at the Texas Motor Speedway alongside some of the most influential faith-based artist & speakers of our time, like Andy Mineo, Jonathan Traylor, KB, Samuel Rodriguez, Tedashii, Grant Skeldon......

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Difference Between BMI, SESAC, and ASCAP*

Posted on June 18, 2017 at 7:50 PM

Stephen Thomas Announces His New Single Like It Or Not

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 8:00 PM

The new single which has gained worldwide attention with fans and music reviewers is available at all digital outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify.

 

Stephen Thomas one of the most exciting artists of recent y...

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Stephen Thomas Formally Known as Steve-O Announces His Return to the Charts with a New Single

Posted on February 25, 2016 at 10:05 PM

Stephen Thomas Formally Known as Steve-O Announces His Return to the Charts with a New Single and Sound That Has Excited the Music Experts

The singer has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. His previous music was described as unique, fresh and exciting. Stephen Thomas, previously known as Steve-O has decided to return to the music world with a new sound, a sound that has excited the music industry. Stephen's latest Music Video release Search Me...

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