Archive for Music and Entertainment Law

Matt Crumpton’s Music Industry Book, Making It, Available at!

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

We are pleased to announce that our managing attorney, Matt Crumpton, has released his music industry career book, Making It: How To Go From Wanting A Career As An Artist To Having One. Matt and his co-writer, Nashville based entrepreneur/musician Tristan Kinsley, spent two years working on this book. “I was prompted to write the [...]

Politics, Music and Publicity: Tom Petty v. Michele Bachmann

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Artist Tom Petty recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann following the use of his song “American Girl” at Bachmann’s Iowa campaign rally. A 29-second clip was played again the following night at Bachmann’s stop in South Carolina. Tom Petty is not the first artist to vocalize such displeasure in having [...]

Crumpton Law In The News

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Last Wednesday, Crumpton Law filed suit on behalf of its clients against rapper Afroman. The breach of contract and unjust enrichment lawsuit against the Grammy nominated Rapper received international coverage. You can read more about the suit in the following media outlets: Los Angeles Times, Gawker, Chicago Tribune, NPR, MSN, Baltimore Sun, USA Today, OK [...]

Crumpton Law Represents Venue In Lawsuit Filed Against Rapper Afroman

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

AFROMAN SUED ON 4/20 ‘Because I Got High’ Singer Sued For Forgetting About A Concert Date Rapper Afroman, best known for his songs about marijuana use, was sued today for failing to appear at a concert at The Patio at the Continent in Columbus, Ohio.  The lawsuit, filed in the Franklin County Municipal Court, alleges [...]

Crumpton Law Obtains $84,140 Decision In Franchisee Law Suit

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Crumpton Law recently succeeded on behalf of its franchisee client in obtaining damages of $84,140 against a franchisor and its owners. The franchisor offered to purchase the franchisee’s territory, but then refused to follow through with the acquisition. Later, the franchisee learned that the franchisor actually resold the territory to a third party (even though [...]

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From The Social Network Movie

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

[SPOILER ALERT: This blog discusses the film, The Social Network. If you have not yet seen it, you may not want to read this blog. For the sake of discussion, this blog assumes that the depictions in the film are correct.] I saw the unauthorized film biography of the founding of Facebook, The Social Network, [...]

Grandview Urban Active Racquetball

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

I have been a lifelong racquetball player. The sport is a great way to get exercise and have fun, even when it is cold outside. Living in the Downtown/Grandview area of Columbus, there are not many gyms or fitness clubs that have racquetball courts. Of course, I was excited to learn that the new Urban [...]

Men at Work Pay Up for Kookaburra Riff

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

In September of 2007, Australian quiz show Spicks and Specks asked contestants to guess the hidden children’s song in Men at Work’s popular “Down Under”, unknowingly igniting a copyright battle between Men at Work and “Kookaburra (Sits in the Old Gum Tree)” copyright holder, Larrikin Music Publishing. Larrikin Music Publishing had claimed a flute riff [...]

ASCAP Seeks Money to Battle Free Culture

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), one of the three Performing Rights Organizations in the U.S., is a collection agency concerned with the public performance of their members’ copyrighted material. In an attempt to preserve these copyrights and their protection, ASCAP has directed a new attack at those they deem “pontificators of copy [...]

Dispute Arises Over Coca-Cola’s World Cup Campaign Anthem

Friday, July 9th, 2010

As World Cup 2010 comes into the final stretch in South Africa, Coca-Cola faces litigation involving the Spanish mix of its campaign anthem, “Wavin’ Flag”. “Wavin’ Flag” was originally written by Somali-born K’Naan, and is used by Coca-Cola for their 2010 FIFA World Cup marketing campaign. Coca-Cola released an English version of the song, as [...]