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    Need legal help......

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    ok how can i get a contract legal? i mean i have this agreement with some one who is investing money and was promised a certain percentage, now how can i get this so say it's ever brought to court it can be deemed legal? or is the signature enough? also someone told me to mail the contract to myself, meaning it will be sealed and post dated, is that a good thing to do?
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    Speaking for myself since 'm going thru this myself right now, the best thing you can do is get everything in writting, even if it's just a piece of paper that says "x gets this from y, at this % for this amount of time or so." And get that notarized, so that the agreement is signed in font of a witness and legal. That's the cheap way. The other is to hire a laywer and draw up a contract and go from there. Also as long as the contract is dated, the only thing you should mail to yourself is the demo as dated backup for copyrights.
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    If you can afford it, get a lawyer to draw up the agreement for you.

    If your like most of us, and you can't spend the hundreds of dollars lawyers charge per hour, pick up the book "This Business of Music" by Krasilovsky. The book comes with a cd-rom that has a sh!tload of tight contracts, that with a little rewording, can work for almost any situation.

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    thnx for replies
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    I don't know much about the contracts, but I know that a lot of people try to mail themselves copies of their own tapes, etc... to prove later if necessary that they owned the music instead of doing copyright stuff. Thing is it doesn't really hold up too well because envelopes aren't really tamper-proof and all.. I'd avoid that method. I've seen that book Chronos mentionned, and if you plan on doing business a bit, the price of the book is WAY more than worth it.
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    ny written (or even verbal) contract is legally binding. The problem comes in with the proof.

    In my opinion, the cheapest and most secure thing to do is to join a musicians organisation. There are many out there. They give legal advice cheap, provide free copies of contracts for any situation, register you copyright material and even collect your royalties.

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    Get a lawyer who specialises in music law. Taking someone to court is costly, so just having a scary lawyer might discourage people from trying to rip you off. That and contracts you write yourself could potentially be ripped to pieces by the other dudes lawyer
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