We are responsible for ensuring that songwriters and composers receive payment when their compositions are used. We also recapture music publishing for composers and/or their heirs under both of the copyright laws. The old one let's you start the procedure after forty-six years and the new one should be started in the thirty-third year after the composition was copy-written or perhaps written.
We draft numerous contracts customizing each one to fit the client's particular needs. Mr. Ross was instrumental in the drafting of a law pertaining to the contracting of minors from Illinois in the entertainment industry that protects both the company and the minor. He has represented large companies for tour support, corporate sponsorship, contracting with corporate spokespersons and other entertainment related activities. He has literally done hundreds of management and record company contracts for artists and companies. He stays up to date and these days even drafts for companies or negotiates for artists the onerous new 360 Artist Recording Contract,
We also specialize in royalty retrieval all the way from statutory royalties from satellite radio, internet radio, music channels to royalties generated by the sales of CDs and personal audio devices, media centers, satellite radio devices, and car audio systems that have recordings. We also track down bootleg recordings and bootlegging companies to get monies back for artists who otherwise would not be paid. We have either negotiated or sued successfully many times over the last forty five years and continue to be aggressive in protecting our clients. We even go after the little known new use royalties that are sometimes payable to a performing artist when their voice is used in movies, TV and advertisements.
Right of Publicity
We handle all of our clients needs relative to image, likeness and any other visual or oral representations. Not only do we protect our clients from unwarranted uses, we also help them exploit their Right-of-Publicity in markets all over the world where these laws exist. Whether it be on a T-shirt, coffee mug or associated with a product endorsement or concert series. Jay B. Ross and Associates, P.C. is your Right-of-Publicity specialist.
Mr. Ross has been called in to consult on and supervise negotiations on many occasions. He has negotiated recording, licensing and publishing agreements with every major record company and with most of the prominent television and film corporations. He created the graduate level course in negotiation at Columbia College and taught it for 10 years. We help license compositions, monitor where compositions are used, collect royalties and distribute them to the composers or their heirs. We currently administer the publishing for the Dinah Washington heirs, the Clara Ward heirs, some of the Jackie Wilson heirs and many others.
We also deal with protecting the works of authors and other creatives. We help register your copyright with the Bureau of Copyrights of the Library of Congress and even give advice on how to do it yourself by going to the copyright office website, www.copyright.gov
“To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries” (U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8)
Wills & Estates
Mr. Ross has been asked to do Wills for some of his biggest clients. He has made Wills for Muddy Waters, Gene Chandler, the heirs of Big Mama Thornton and for numerous other individuals. Some of whom do not want their names mentioned. Mr. Ross does not claim to be a probate specialist so if your Will involves elaborate trusts and other very expensive and detailed work, Mr. Ross also works with probate specialists.
Mr. Ross’s entertainment background has allowed him to be able to handle personal injury matters in a manner that has been appreciated by his clients. Mr. Ross has negotiated personal injury cases for such individuals as Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and many others. As a result of his background he has been able to show the potential losses of artists and others in entertainment that happened as a result of their injury and been able to settle cases that might have taken much longer if it was not for his expertise.
Many clients including artists seek the shield of a corporation to protect their personal assets and to be able to do business without having to worry about being sued personally. Mr. Ross is familiar with the gamut of corporate structures as well as partnership agreements and individual proprietorships. Mr. Ross will discuss various options and try to determine what might be best corporate structure for the individual to obtain.