Bruce E. Colfin’s Answers

Bruce E. Colfin

New York Entertainment Lawyer.

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  1. I recorded a song at a studio, what prevents the studio from saying they wrote my song? Will a phone recording hold up?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Bruce E. Colfin
    2. Bruce E. Burdick
    2 lawyer answers

    If you have any fear of someone at a studio claiming that they wrote your song, then you should register the copyright in your musical composition sooner than later. Why wait until you have a finished sound recording? For a $35.00 dollar fee to the Copyright Office you can register the copyright in the words and music of your composition by uploading a copy of the telephone recording. The registration (and proof of ownership) would be effective as of the day the copyright office receives the...

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  2. Is a contract binding if a person fires you?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Bruce E. Colfin
    2. Richard Francis Markert
    3. Eric Stepanov
    3 lawyer answers

    Valid contracts are binding. There may be continuing obligations from you to them, and perhaps from them to you as well. I would need to see the actual agreement you signed to see what obligations and liabilities may have existed prior to termination and subsequent to termination. I have drafted or consulted on numerous entertainment and film related agreements over the years.

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