The Fine Print

The “fine print” is the scourge of contracts, of course. It is difficult to read, literally. It is a pain to read, metaphorically. These two aspects are mostly by design, so that you, the unsuspecting musician about to sign what you think is your passport to rock-stardom (and it may well be!!) does not read it.
But remember this. A large percentage of court cases are about the small print – as it is also called. By far the majority of those court cases all uphold the small print . The reason is simple. The fine print is part of the contract, just as much as anything else. If you do not read it, that is your problem.
Once you have signed at the bottom of the page, that signifies your assent, your ‘agreement’ to the words in the document- I mean, that’s the point of you signing, isn’t it?
So, the rule is this: do yourself a favour, and read the small print.
If you do not understand the legal jargon (aka ‘legalese’) – find out! If you do not like what is incorporated, if it provides for something which you are not willing to agree, then strike it out – or, at least, mark it for discussion purposes.
The counter-party to the contract is entitled to rely on what is in the document you have signed – so, if you do not want a particular clause or provision in there, there is no better time to speak than before you sign.
The old expression, dating from Roman Law times but still used today, is caveat subscriptor: let the signatory beware!