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The Future of the Music Business
4th Edition Scheduled for Release in 2014


I am happy to announce that my publisher, Hal Leonard, has requested a 4th edition of my book. My delivery deadline is March 2014. You can see a description of the 3rd edition, which is currenly available on Amazon and other on-line book stores by clicking on the cover below.


Podcast with Tom Silverman (CEO, Tommy Boy Records)

I recently interviewed Tom Silverman, head of Tommy Boy Records & the New Music Seminar. In addition to discussing the Seminar, Tom offers a uniquely optimistc perspective on the future of the recording industry. You can listen to the podcast on YouTube.


Music Licensing Seminar

I moderated a very knowledgeable seminar on music licensing with the following panelists:

Van Wilson, MTV, Music & Media http://www.mtvhive.com/,
Sebastian Fabal, Imagem Music http://us.imagem-music.com/, and
Wesley Verhoeve, Head of Family Records http://thefamilyrecords.com/
Wesley Verhoeve wrote this piece inspired by the discussion on how to sell your music: http://www.wesleyverhoeve.com/synch/


Future of the Music Business & Journalism at Fordham University

I recently participated in a panel discussion on what professional journalists can learn from the impact of technology on the record industry at the Bernard L. Schwartz Center at Fordham University. The discussion was recorded and will be broadcast on public television. I will announce viewing details when they become available. The panel was lead by Bill Baker, Chairman Emeritus of WNET. Shown below, from left to right, are my fellow panelists: Spike Wilner, Jazz Pianist and Owner of Smalls Jazz Club, Meagan Jaglowski, Consultant at the Bernard L. Schwartz Center, and Solana Pyne, Executive Video Producer at GlobalPost.



Fashion Law Seminar

I was recently invited to speak at a seminar titled "Law of the Fashion Show," at the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School. At the seminar I discussed music licensing for Fashion Shows including the licenses required for live shows, television programs, and the Internet. Other speakers included:

Doreen Small, Counsel at Glenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP
Ali Grace, the Associate Director of Business and Legal Affairs of Wilhelmina Int. Ltd.
Emmett McCarthy, designer at EMc2
Amanda Sachs, Deputy General Counsel of Tory Burch, Inc.
Daniel Schulman, Finance Director of Milk Studios


Steve Gordon Discusses The Future of the Music Business




The Future of the Music Business
Third Edition Available Fall 2011

The 3rd Edition of Steve's book will be released on Amazon, iBooks, and in stores nationwide this September. You can see a description of the book by clicking on the cover below.




I've recently been exploring the fascinating subject of how artists can reclaim their old recordings and take them back from the record companies that have made so much money from catalogue sales. I wrote an article for Digital Music News, The Comprehensive Guide to Reclaiming Your Old Masters (Monday, August 29, 2011), that completely covers the legal issues in question, and specific steps that rights holders should take if they want to transfer ownership of these masters to themselves.

I also participated in a podcast interview, The New Legal Battle Over Song Rights for the Legal Network (Wednesday, August 31, 2011), which addresses a little noted change in copyright law 35 years ago that is now starting a multi-billion dollar battle between musicians and record companies today.

I have also posted new articles to the blog since the book's publication:

Capitol Records v. MP3TUNES

The Copyright Alert System: A Useful Tool in the War on Piracy, or Another Demonstration of the Power of the ISPs to Avoid Responsibility for Copyright Infringement



Jana Vejmelka, LL.M., an attorney from Berlin, Germany, joined Steve Gordon Law as an associate over the summer of 2010. This picture is of Jana with the legendary artist and producer Nile Rodgers at the New Music Seminar last year in New York City.




Rejoice and Shout Featured in Variety

One of Steve's recent projects, a documentary about African-American Gospel artists entitled Rejoice and Shout, has received favorable coverage in Variety. Please click here to read the full review.


Fulbright Scholarship at Tel Aviv University

Steve recently visited Israel as a Fulbright scholar, where he taught a course based on his book at Tel Aviv University's prestigious Recanati School of Business.