Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law


Nora Miles

First Page



Although the use of new pop songs in commercials is a recent development, the fact that music plays an important role in advertising is certainly not news. Music is and has always been an integral part in nearly all commercial advertising campaigns. Since the advent of radio and television the consumer public has been exposed to marketing through music. In order to understand the implications of the trends in music advertising, this note examines the more traditional schemes of music in advertising. To that end, there are several different routes an advertiser can choose when selecting music for a particular campaign, all of which implicate different licensing schemes and levels of compensation for the songwriter, record company and artist.