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“There are people in the industry who refuse all kinds of orders,” says Kattwinkel. “A lot of people don`t believe in them and are afraid. The problem is that if your registration is very successful, these people can get out of the log and pretend to be co-authors – and therefore co-owners of the work – regardless of what they actually helped to do, and claim some of the income. So if you can`t get your employees to sign a WFH agreement, you have to at least get something that says they`re not co-authors and they`re not going to track some of the revenue that comes with it. If you don`t have one, it can cause real problems if you have legal action. “The people you work with may have a high level of professionalism, and you know they would never sue you,” says Kattwinkel, “but there`s always a risk you take if you don`t ask people to sign WFH agreements because things can change.” When you are asked to sign a WFH agreement, you are basically asked to give up any ownership of the music you want to create – so it`s just that every document you sign explicitly indicate the amount you paid for your work. Depending on who you work with and your trust, you can also indicate in writing when you will be paid and whether you receive these funds by cheque, cash or any other method. The AFM (American Federation of Musicians), AKA “Musician`s Union”) is the best source of this type of contract. They must be members of the Union and have access to it. Membership also provides other substantial safeguards and access to lawyers who are specialists in music/entertainment law. Once you hear the words “work for lease,” you might think that these legal documents do not apply to a serious artist like you. But on the contrary, a lease job can protect you if you`re working on a song, performing in a place or hiring a fellow musician to work with you.

The main obstacles to fame are all legal problems along the way, and understanding how a lease work may contain some of these problems.

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