What makes for a “good” band/artist name? People will definitely disagree. There are just so many factors that go into a good name, and everyone has their own favorites, but what I can tell you for sure is that there are unambiguously bad names that can mess up an artist’s career, force a name change, or just create annoyances down the road. This can be because the name is already claimed, or because it’s just a terrible name. That’s why I decided to write a little explainer from my experience as a lawyer, music writer, and label operator, to help bands come up with names that don‘t suck.
People are often unsure when they might be able to use the help of an entertainment lawyer, especially if they have never worked with one before. Here are a bunch of different situations where contacting a lawyer is probably the right move.