Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law


Revella Cook

First Page



The success of digital distribution depends on various factors that shape today's music industry. Part I will examine the traditional method of releasing an album and its impact on the duration of recording agreements. This section will focus on the recent legislative debate within California and will illuminate problems regarding the duration of a standard recording contract. Part II investigates modern methods of distribution and whether digital distribution is a viable alternative for the retail of music. Part III discusses innovative marketing models that could reduce costs associated with an album's release. Part IV examines barriers that the music industry must overcome before digital distribution will impact recording contracts. The article ultimately concludes with a prediction that digital distribution will ultimately not only alter the duration of recording contracts but also initiate gradual changes throughout the music industry.