What the Music Law States
Rarely to the masses care to know about certain clauses related to specific laws such as the music law. Even those who have heard about it may still have questions lingering in their minds regarding certain parts of it that are unclear to them.
Taking a closer look of the law, however, we realize it is not hard to understand at all for those who take the time to read broadly about it. The easiest way to interpret any law is by interpreting it clause by clause and then looking at the relationship between the different clauses. In our discussion, we aim at doing exactly that in order to help you fully understand this law and its application.
One of the clauses of the music law that we should look into is the one dealing with the application for the opposition of a trademark publication. Normally, the state has a window period within which it publishes the trademarks after their submission by the respective owners. During this period of time, scrutiny of the trademark is made to establish if it bears any resemblance to that of another trademark owner. After the authority is satisfied with this, it usually publishes the trademark.
However, things may not work as said above in certain cases. Sometimes a trademark may be published even after it bears some resemblance to that of other owners. This may be occasioned by oversight on the part of the scrutinizers. In cases such as this, the public has a provision within the music law to oppose such a publication. This is done in a process called the opposition of a trademark publication. The person who seeks to do so must first of all file a notice of opposition and in this notice, they should indicate all the reasons they deem crucial for the annulment of the publication.
The music copyright termination is the other clause of the music law that needs a clear interpretation. This clause is quite dissimilar to the one we have just discussed since the person who files for copyright termination is the owner of the intellectual property, in this case, music. Musicians have a provision in the music law to terminate their contracts with certain recording or marketing companies after the expiry of such contracts.
This clause is useful in cushioning the intellectual property of the musicians from an authorized use by unscrupulous recording or marketing companies. Just like the copyright opposition application clause, this clause also requires the musician to file the necessary notices and indicate clear reasons for seeking the termination of their copyrights with the respective companies.