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A Primer on Music Publishing

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Produced on February 07, 2019

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Publishing is the most byzantine and arcane area of the music and recording business. It can be daunting to navigate, and misinformation runs rampant. In this session, veteran music business attorney Ron Bienstock will reveal what you must know about music publishing. Mr. Bienstock has represented such writers and artists as Billy Joel, Living Colour, Goo Goo Dolls, Simple Plan, Winger, King Diamond, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Greg Phillinganes, Shawn Patterson (Everything Is Awesome), Peggy Stanziale (Dress You Up), and Barrett Strong among many others.

Mr. Bienstock will also provide an overview of the income streams in music publishing including but not limited to performance royalties, synchronization licenses, mechanical royalties, print and grand rights. Also included will be a discussion on the different types of music publishing agreements.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an overview of the many different facets involved in music publishing including all of the income streams that make up music publishing
  2. Explore the nuts and bolts of what’s involved in music publishing deals, including understanding the distinction between various types of agreements
  3. Develop strategies for representing clients in the modern music business

Credit Information

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Ronald Bienstock

Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC

Former general counsel to the manufacturer of Ibanez Guitars and Tama drums, Ron’s clients include Dream Theater, Collins Guitars, Dean Guitars, ESP Guitar Company, Sadowsky Guitars, Schecter Guitars, Stuart Spector Designs, Warwick, WD Music Products, Cannonball Musical Instruments, and JodyJazz, Inc.   As a performing and recording musician, Ron has performed extensively with various major recording artists. He co-founded “The Suits” and has appeared on Conan O’Brien and CNBC, and has performed on bills with many top-tier bands including the Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler, Eric Burden and the Animals and the Doobie Brothers. He presently records and performs, with former Renaissance guitarist, Ryche Chlanda and Flying Dreams. They have released two LP’s on Sony / The Orchard / TransGlobal Records.

Ronald S. “Ron” Bienstock, attorney and musician, joined Scarinci Hollenbeck after running his successful boutique entertainment and intellectual property law firm, Bienstock & Michael, LLC for 30 years. A corporate, entertainment, and intellectual property practitioner, he represents businesses as well as music manufacturers and songwriters, producers and musicians. As one of the most influential lawyers in the music business, Ron has a lifetime of accomplishments in the legal entertainment industry, on the stage, and in the studio. Among his many landmark wins was a victory against Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Representing 17 guitar manufacturers in the trademark opposition proceeding against Fender, Ron successfully argued that Fender should not be allowed trademark registrations to three guitar and bass body shapes.


Susan R.

Excellent, knowledgeable, and well organized instructor.

Max S.

Instructor did a great job. Organization/structure/presentation made subject easy to learn.

Jeffrey G.

Material was organized and presented well.

Michael W.

Really good clear-lots of info

Jesse H.

Excellent all around. Probably the best Lawline course I've ever taken in terms of clarity, real world application and engagement content.

Richard R.

The speaker is good and informative. My second CLE with him. Thanks.

Lauren S.

Very informative and easy to listen to ! Great seminar

Phil S.

Best presenter ever!!

Steven S.


Michael T.

presentation engaging and informative

Andrew B.

Very interesting, the material was top notch as well.

Brian P.

Excellent presenter!

Alicia A.

Excellent CLE presentation. Interesting and just the right amount of humor.

michael a.

excellent presentation by Bienstock!

Doris N.

Wow -- fantastic presentation. Should be a required 101 course for any other music course, unless you're already an expert in the area. I enjoyed every minute, something I cannot say about 95% of the CLEs I've taken.

Christopher P.

Probably the best video I've watched yet on Sports and Entertainment Law. Great summary on Music Publishing. Looking forward to more courses from this attorney.

Craig S.

Great presentation of a complicated subject.

David T.


Joseph H.

interesting topic presented by an excellent speaker

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