Tom Picton WarlowPerth, Western Australia
My daughter Jessica has started a career in modelling over the past six months and during this time we have engaged Fran as our entertainment lawyer for contractual negotiations.
Fran has delivered a number of important results for us during this time. While delivering results, Fran has also shown an ability to communicate the meaning of agreements to us in terms of outcomes and implications that are understandable. I would thoroughly recommend Fran for entertainment industry legal representation and strategic advice.
Spotify has officially denounced its new "hateful conduct" policy less than a month after announcing that it would ban artists from its first party playlists on the grounds of hateful conduct.
R Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion were allegedly among the artists removed from its major playlists due to allegations of serious misconduct in their public lives.
Needless to say this subjective ruling did not go down too well with an industry dominated by streaming (Spotify being one of the dominant players) and where artists behaviour has always pushed the boundaries and headlines!
Spotify continues, and rightly so, to remove music that contains content inciting hatred or violence against people of any race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
You Tube just added songwriter, label and publishing data to its premium and music videos and fan uploaded content featuring recorded music. The credits can be accessed via a "Show More" button under each video with a link to the artist's "Official Artist Channel" and "Official Music Video" where applicable. Spotify announced 3 months ago that it would add songwriter credits to its desktop platform, a move welcomed by the industry highlighting the importance of the creators of the songs.
This information will also assist the collection societies who are struggling to keep up with the influx of millions of lines of data received from the DSP's. Without vital data accounting is delayed and often non-transparent.
RubyRed Legal is an entertainment law practice based in Perth, Western Australia. Its founder Francesca Cotton worked in the UK as an entertainment lawyer for over 20 years before returning to Perth to establish RubyRed Legal in 2013.
RubyRed Legal represents clients from all aspects of the entertainment industry including music, film and television, modelling, book publishing and employment .