A Paul McCartney / Sony-ATV Brief

On January 18, 2017, Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, against Sony/ATV Music Publishing (SATV).…

Songwriters vs. the DOJ

Federal law governs the licensing of music and songwriter collections. In particular, sound compositions that are broadcasted over the public airways or performed in commercial…

YouTube’s Safe Harbor

Music industry pressure is mounting on YouTube. In June, a diverse group of 180+ major artists, including Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift, released a petition…

YouTube’s Value Gap

In the beginning of the XXth Century music consumption did not compare with today. Music publishers, for instance, were used to generate revenue mostly through…

Kesha’s Quagmire

The recent Kesha-Sony lawsuit has struck a nerve across the music industry by highlighting personal abuse and issues of gender inequality. It has also raised…

DMCA’s Takedown Notices

Secondary liability for copyright infringement occurs without the defendants directly committing an act of copyright infringement themselves. There is no direct language pertaining to secondary…

Compromising Moral Rights

Copyright law is based on property law. It evolved over time and recognized more and more economic rights, such as those of music creators to…

The Lesson of Blurred Lines

In November, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay $5.3 million to the Marvin Gaye estate for infringing Gaye’s Got To Give it…