15 episodes

Professor Butler, J.D., LL.M. is a former record label executive, retired entertainment attorney, college professor and host of the BOMB podcast. BOMB stands for Business of Music Bootcamp, which means that this is the place where we will drill down on the business and legal aspects of the music industry. Everything from copyrights and contracts, to policies and practices, whatever it takes to empower you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about how to protect yourself and your music is what you’ll find on the BOMB.

Disclaimer: This podcast is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal advice. For guidance, seek the advice of an entertainment or music attorney in your local jurisdiction or visit https://www.professorbutler.com and sign up to receive a free resource on how to find the right lawyer for you.

The BOMB Podcast Professor Butler

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Professor Butler, J.D., LL.M. is a former record label executive, retired entertainment attorney, college professor and host of the BOMB podcast. BOMB stands for Business of Music Bootcamp, which means that this is the place where we will drill down on the business and legal aspects of the music industry. Everything from copyrights and contracts, to policies and practices, whatever it takes to empower you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about how to protect yourself and your music is what you’ll find on the BOMB.

Disclaimer: This podcast is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal advice. For guidance, seek the advice of an entertainment or music attorney in your local jurisdiction or visit https://www.professorbutler.com and sign up to receive a free resource on how to find the right lawyer for you.

    Kelly Clarkson's Verbal Mgmt Agmt - Pt.2 - Post-Term Commissions

    Kelly Clarkson's Verbal Mgmt Agmt - Pt.2 - Post-Term Commissions

    In this week’s episode, Professor Butler will continue to explore the issues involved in the lawsuit between Kelly Clarkson and her ex-manager/ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. In last season’s Episode 12, which is Part I of this story, Professor Butler defined the elements of a binding contract using Clarkson’s verbal management agreement as a backdrop. This week’s focus is on post-term commissions, the reason why Kelly Clarkson MAY still owe commissions to a manager that she is no longer working with, and how a well-negotiated, written Sunset Clause, can keep the same thing from happening to you.

    • 35 min
    The BOMB Podcast - Season II Intro

    The BOMB Podcast - Season II Intro

    After a well-deserved break, Professor Butler and the B.O.M.B. podcast are back in business.  With all new episodes, the focus of Season II will be on Professor's unique commentary and witty analysis of music industry celebrity case studies, lawsuits and disputes.  If you like what you hear, be sure to leave a review, as Professor Butler appreciates your support.  Also, tune into her new YouTube channel (The BOMB Podcast) and reimagined website at www.professorbutler.com.

    • 10 min
    Kelly Clarkson’s Verbal Agreement – Pt.1

    Kelly Clarkson’s Verbal Agreement – Pt.1

    In today’s episode of the BOMB podcast, Professor Butler will explore the elements of a binding verbal agreement using Kelly Clarkson’s recent lawsuit between her and her manager/ex-husband as a backdrop. Clarkson is being sued by her management company, Nashville-based Starstruck Management for unpaid and future commissions stemming from a 2007 verbal contract.  Professor Butler will also discuss contract formation and the kinds of contracts that MUST be in writing in order to be enforced.

    • 31 min
    Work Made For Hire - Pt. 2

    Work Made For Hire - Pt. 2

    In this week’s episode of the BOMB podcast, Professor Butler will briefly recap episode 10, where she discusses the first way to create a Work Made for Hire (a work created by an employee within the scope of employment), then quickly turns her focus towards the second way to create a WMFH, which is when someone orders or specially commissions an independent contractor to create the work.  Professor Butler will pay special attention to the reason why record labels generally own your master recordings and why not every work for hire agreement satisfies the requirements outlined in the Copyright Act.

    • 36 min
    What is Work Made for Hire? Pt. 1

    What is Work Made for Hire? Pt. 1

    In this week's episode of the BOMB podcast, Professor Butler breaks down what it means to create a Work Made For Hire.  In this part one of a two-part episode, she explores works created by employees within the scope of their employment.  She defines the doctrine and explains the ramifications of creating a work, particular a song, while employed by a music publisher as a staff or ghost writer.  

    • 26 min
    50 Cent vs. Rick Ross: Stop Using My Voice!

    50 Cent vs. Rick Ross: Stop Using My Voice!

    In this week’s episode of the BOMB podcast, Professor Butler explores the right of publicity and the name and likeness provision that exists in every recording contract. Each of these issues are at the center of the lawsuit that 50 Cent filed against Rick Ross a few years ago, the very same lawsuit that came to an end last week. Professor Butler will discuss what led up to the lawsuit as well as the rationale for why the appellate court ruled in Rick Ross’ favor.
    50 Cent & Rick Ross' Never-Ending Beef, a Complete History
    https://djbooth.net/features/2016-01-18-history-50-cent-rick-ross-never-ending-beef
    50 Cent Loses Rick Ross 'In Da Club' Remix Appeal  https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/legal-and-management/9437725/50-cent-loses-rick-ross-in-da-club-remix-appeal

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

mskinner2 ,

Knowledgable, funny and direct

Professor Butler does not say what you want to hear - She says what you NEED to hear. This podcast is not only helpful for individuals in the music business, but is also helpful for those who simply want to understand the business in more depth. Everyone should listen because EVERYONE will learn. 10/10

DrippinWater ,

Real Talk ALL the Time

Tonya is so insightful. She give you real life advice that could help any artist it any musician. She is truly amazing!

ShirlSweatshirt ,

A true leader in the music industry!!!

Professor Butler is real, honest, and EMPOWERING. The knowledge I've gained in this podcast will protect me in navigating my career in the music industry. She's not only the Chair of one of the top Music Business/Management programs in the world at Berklee College of Music, but also a retired entertainment attorney, author, public speaker, and so much more. You can tell she genuinely cares about you as soon as you start listening. Her advice will not only lead you closer to success, but it will guide you to make the right decisions to PROTECT yourself. Do yourself a big favor and listen to The BOMB Podcast!!!

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