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Infamous Band Disputes and How To Avoid Them

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Hear about the trials, tribulations and aftermath of band warfare from defendants and plaintiffs willing to share behind-the-scenes details of their high profile legal battles with former band mates. Discover the ramifications of not having a legal band agreement in place as artist and attorney panelists discuss what went wrong and what happens after the divorce. Learn about what you can do to help avoid disputes and protect your interests as an artist/musician.
This very cool session presented by Legalzoom.


MODERATOR Matthew Belloni Managing Editor Features The Hollywood Reporter

Joe Escalante Attorney/Owner Kung Fu Records

East Bay Ray Artist Dead Kennedys

East Bay Ray is the guitarist and a songwriter for Dead Kennedys. The group has been called "one of the most popular and important American hardcore punk bands of the late seventies/early eighties" by the Rough Guide to Rock and “the undoubted kings of U.S. punk” by the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.

From the start, Ray was instrumental in setting up and running the band’s independent business and record label. The DKs still function independently to this day and have reached the impressive achievement of having "Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death" certified a Gold Record in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Ray is a Graduate of University of California, Berkeley and according to, is currently ranked #1 “Greatest Punk Guitar Players Ever.”

Neville Johnson Johnson & Johnson LLP


Entertainment & Music Attorney. CSU Professor of Music Industry and Music Law. Artist Right's advocate. Co-founder/Producer of the DIY Convention. Syllabus Committee Member for USC Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Institute, Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law. Lubic Scholar. Associate Producer and/or Attorney for several music driven or live concert films (e.g., Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Endless Bummer), Music Supervisor & Music Licensing Consultant for film & TV. Former Concert Producer and Promoter for The I Beam, The Kennel Club/BGP and The Edge. Showcase Producer for NARAS, ASCAP & BMI. KCSC and KALX radio alum. Law practice consists of contracts, business set ups, trademark and copyright for business and artist clients.