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Making it in the Music Business: The Business and Legal Guide for Songwriters and Performers by Lee Wilson

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Chapter 9. Lawyers, Guns, and Money

American lawyers may never again command the sort of respect Perry Mason got from his clients. One reason for this is that American law stopped being simple about the time Perry’s show was canceled. Whole areas of law that now affect our business and personal lives were nonexistent when Perry practiced black-and-white law in our living rooms. This means our lives are much more regulated than they once were.

Most Americans resent this increased regulation, in part because they’ve seen a lot of TV cowboys who gave them the idea that all of us can be rugged individuals. (Marshal Matt Dillon simply shot some of the bad guys he encountered and never had to read the Miranda warning to the others.) In the time-honored ...

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