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The Musician’s Legal Companion, Second Edition by Michael A. Aczon

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Chapter 10. Declaration of Independents: A Self-Release Checklist

A revolution has been brewing in the entertainment industry over the past decade or so that is charging forward in full force in a variety of ways. It is the revolution of the independent media companies. If you were to look all the way back to the inception of the music industry, independent companies that produce, manufacture, and distribute music have been present throughout, but since the mid-1990s, a variety of circumstances have resulted in an unprecedented explosion of indies on the entertainment scene.

It is difficult to point out any single contributing factor in the emergence of independent record companies, but it is helpful to look at a few important underlying factors ...

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