a reply to: wasaka
A couple things...no matter what you hear...major labels, distributors, publishers (music, videos, movies) wont touch you if you haven't copyrighted
your stuff...thats to protect them...I can get a YouTube video pulled off in 3 hours because Ive proved copyright ownership, and they are very good
If you don't, they will
of course... if they think its worth giving you a deal in the long run...and they do look at stuff like "Well, these
10 songs are great...but...have you got ten more? And can you keep them coming over the next say 3-5 years for us?" Investment. They don't dump $ on
one shot deals. (They DEVELOPE their artists over time)....but then...theyll own the rights with you.
We have been with Universal for years, and worldwide they handle distribution, sales, management and publishing with a multitude of other companies.
There are many markets worldwide to consider you have to deal with.
There's North America, Mexico and Canada, South America and its countries, Africa and the Middle East, the Netherlands-Holland, Denmark, Sweden,
Norway, Finland...the North Countries of Greenland, Iceland...the UK-Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England...Asia-Japan, S. Korea....and Ill stop there.
You can sell records in each, all or none of the buying area markets...up to you, how much you advertise or how big a company signs you (not many do
Lastly, our stuff is in movies, the Sopranos TV show, many commercials etc....and we are or have been paid by all....The Sopranos for one episode was
Ok...applications are a relatively new concept. I would ask you to consider how much, where, when, who and how much $$ can you spend to ADVERTISE the
app so you can get sales? That answer is the same for everyone: youre better off connecting with some company, advertiser, website, distributor WITH
worldwide connections to take your copyrighted and owned by you music...and get it out there.
They have they connections, and more people go to internet sites as opposed to joined or downloading apps. You have to reach a LOT of people
everywhere to make just that...worth your time and $$. You are talking new tech here...its a relatively new facet of this industry. Yes. We are on
websites. Yes we have it on Amazon. Yes we have...have that...have those...you name it.
Protecting your music on sites like CD baby and stuff if violations occur? Its a crap-shoot. I'd say with Amazon, CD Baby and the like, they are
better than others. If you have to sue somebody...I hope you have a lot of $$ or a company that does. Our attorney in in LA, another London, another
Belgium, one in Sweden and our Trademark attorney has his office in N.Y.
The cheapest of them is around $250 per hour...and of course, you usually have to get to their location for counsel. Not always, sometimes. That's a
lot of money to come up with. Sometimes one or two visits costs more than your recent sales.
Lastly...my advice. So as much as you can yourself. Copyright EVERYTHING including watermarking your photos. Hook up with some International Company
like Amazon or CD Baby...because of their worldwide connections. Plan ahead and for the "what-if's" that will come your way unexpectedly...because
The app is a great idea if you tie it in with all of the above so they reach out to the world and not just you from your single office somewhere.
Good luck to the lady, and feel free to PM me sometime if you get more confused...bottom line? Never...NEVER stop pushin'...and LEARNING.