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Early on in my career in the music business, an older, wiser artist gave me some advice that has always stuck with me: A contract is only as good as your lawyer. In other words, when it comes to anything short of a fingerprint on a murder weapon, it doesn’t matter what the law says, only having the money to enforce it.

Music is a notoriously dirty business, but every commercial enterprise has its share of the viciously greedy, who’ll play as fast and loose with the law as they can until a court order — or perhaps a baseball bat — brings them to their senses.

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