Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ben McLane - Music Lawyer at Large

Hey everybody, I just wanted to inform you all about a music lawyer that I ran across on MySpace by the name of Ben McLane (no relation to Bruce Willis' characer in Die Hard, by the way...for it's one c and not two, in case you're wondering!) I asked him if he'd like to share a couple of words for us here in the blogosphere, and he agreed; which basically resulted in the very brief Q & A session below...

PS: What exactly does a music lawyer do?

BM: We deal with anything that has to do with the music business - mostly contracts and consulting, but some recording agreement shopping - its too much to boil down

PS: How did you get into the business of being a music lawyer?

BM: Well...I just love music and the trivia, but I have no musical talent, so it seemed like a good way to work in it and actually survive.

PS: In your opinion, how important would you say it is for a music artist to have legal representation?

BM: Very... if there is a real deal going down or a paper to sign that involves rights and money.

PS: To date...have you represented any high profile celebrities and/or well known musicians?

BM: Many; please see benmclane.com under clients.

PS: What's your personal take on the Jammie Thomas Rasset case? Do you think the jury's decision was fair in that particular case?

BM: We dont follow this stuff that closely - I deal 0% with court/litigation - I only deal with contracts and deal shopping so I try to not let this type of activity slow me down - but I can say that if there is no money being made by the people that make and work in music, there will be no music business so hope it gets sorted out and everyone is happy.

PS: What services is it exactly that you offer for people in the music industry?

BM: Lots, depends on what someone needs assistance with - please visit benmclane.com.

PS: If it were not for this, what else would you see yourself doing for a living?

BM: I have no idea really... but I'm glad I don't have to make that call right now! [laughs]

Well... that's about it. Told you it was brief, folks! Anyways, you can find out more about Ben McLane by visiting his website at http://www.benmclane.com or check out his MySpace profile at http://www.myspace.com/benmclane.

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