Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law


Renee M. Moore

First Page



The music industry is an interesting phenomenon. It is a world that exists on image--and everyone has a say. For that very reason, the music industry is no stranger to critics. At its heart, they are what the industry is all about. Critics are the driving force in the business--their written and verbal exchange of ideas predicts the rise and fall of stars. Critics come in all shapes and sizes--they are the everyday consumer, the media at large, the hopeful artist, the record company executive, the legal scholar, and even our nation's government. This article will take you on a journey and show you what happens behind the scenes in the music industry. You will become a "fly on the wall" at a fictitious record company meeting where insiders are discussing the potential signing of a controversial artist, Sam Satyr. In this scenario, you will witness how the critics previously mentioned interact, and how their social and legal concerns are approached.