August 15th, 2012

Legal issues with a band break up.

Present day America.

I've read these, articles, and gone back over a previous question, but I still have a couple of questions.


I have an indie band. They've been playing self-organised gigs for a few years, and have a CD they recorded in their basement that they sell at those shows. On this CD, all the songs are credited as being written by "A and B".

However, they've just been signed to a label, and the label wants them to re-record their CD as a fully produced album, instead of the quick-and-dirty recording they have right now. (I know that it's more likely the label would want them to write all new material, but there are various reasons why it's happening this way).

But before this happens, A and B have a huge fight, and B leaves the band. A and B never made any formal agreement as to who was credited as songwriters (because at the time, it hadn't mattered).

When the "official" copy of the album is released, would it be possible for the songs to be listed as just being by A? The only record of B writing them is on the liner notes for the hand-made CD, and A could probably make the claim that he wrote the songs himself (realistically, it was probably an 80/20 split, but most of the original ideas and the thrust of the songs would have been A's).

Would the record label take his word for it? The version they're releasing is going to be the first published version of the songs, so officially they're going to be A's songs. (It's a smaller imprint on a major label, if that makes a difference)

Finally: when B finds out all this has happened, would the fact that he has the CD with the songs listed as by A and B be enough grounds for him to sue to get his name back on them, or would he have to provide more detailed proof of his contribution to the material?

Thanks!

Grief in children

Two characters, same problem.

I have two young boys about 7-8 years old in this story.  One of them loses both of his parents in a house fire, the other, upon hearing the news of said fire, believes this other boy (who is his best friend) has been killed as well.

In the case of the former boy, he does not see his parents die; he blacks out from smoke inhalation and is rescued in the nick of time by another character, who informs him of his parent's death once he comes to.  As he has left some article of clothing or perhaps a favorite toy behind in the remains of the house, and since he has been taken out of town by the other character, who keeps him in (she's kidnapped him in a sense basically, blah blah lots of details irrelevant to this post), he too is presumed dead, and the latter boy learns of this on the TV news.

How do kids of their age tend to react to loss of loved ones, especially in traumatic instances such as these

My research for this one has been somewhat old-fashioned, i.e. books that I own/my mother owns on grieving and child psychology, respectively, no internet research yet; from what I've gathered from looking through these books my boys are at the age where they begin to really understand what death is, and I've heard of the "five stages of grief" that get talked about a lot, but I can't find any good specifics on how children like mine would react.

Thoughts?
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Sex Ed in Germany, 1970s

Hey all,

After getting some of the basics about when sex ed was introduced to German schools down, I had other questions concerning the time periods and exact procedure. Google has failed me, so here I am, asking for general but realistic ball-park answers for some things.

Answered, but here for the curious.Collapse )

Edit: I did some further Googling around/chatting and have a decently good idea of what to do now, thank you everyone!