ATTN BUSINESS LAW DORKS: Barely Legal Radio (ft Joe of The Vandals)

The truth is that I actually don’t listen to music very much. Unless I’m writing about something, I usually listen to talk radio podcasts, mostly about boring stuff like sports and home improvement. And speaking of boring subjects, one of my favorite shows is BARELY LEGAL, an entertainment law show hosted by Joe Escalante. Think of it as Loveline for people with legal questions!

You may know Joe as the bassist for one of my favorite bands, The Vandals, but he’s also an attorney who spent several years doing contracts at CBS television and is now a judge in Orange County. He’s also a very funny guy, so what better way to learn about stuff that anybody who is in a band, writes, or does art should know about: contracts, copyright/trademark, business entities (LLCs, LLPs, S-corps), and all kinds of generally great advice- I especially like it when he tells the caller stuff like “I’ll be honest with you: I don’t think you need to worry about getting ripped off, because your band sounds pretty bad and I don’t see anybody wanting your music all that much. But if you want to copyright it, here’s how you do it.”

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and check out a couple clips below. I bet you feel smarter already!!

 

How to license the music for a TV pilot idea if you’re on a tight budget

 

How to set up an LLC for the purpose of investing in a film

 

Interview with Josh Freese about the innovative business model behind his album (Josh plays in the Vandals, as well as bands like Nine Inch Nails, Guns N Roses, Devo, and a zillion random session gigs)

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2 Responses to ATTN BUSINESS LAW DORKS: Barely Legal Radio (ft Joe of The Vandals)

  1. Walker says:

    Fuck yes- Its pretty cool when people from a punk/metal background ultimately end up becoming incredibly successful. Ad the concept for that show is pretty great as well. There are a million ways to get fucked in the music biz and having an entertainment lawyer/judge help you out for free rules!

  2. T-Bone says:

    That Josh Freese interview is fucking hilarious. The guy seems super cool for being such a legendary drummer.

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