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Consent and Songwriters’ Rights

Consent and Songwriters’ Rights

In June, the United States Department of Justice both denied a review of ASCAP...

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YouTube’s Value Gap

YouTube’s Value Gap

In the beginning of the XXth Century music consumption did not compare with...

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Kesha’s Quagmire

Kesha’s Quagmire

The recent Kesha-Sony lawsuit has struck a nerve across the music industry by...

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DMCA’s Takedown Notices

DMCA’s Takedown Notices

Secondary liability for copyright infringement occurs without the defendants...

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Compromising Moral Rights

Compromising Moral Rights

Copyright law is based on property law. It evolved over time and recognized...

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The Lesson of Blurred Lines

The Lesson of Blurred Lines

In November, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay $5.3...

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The Toppling of Happy Birthday

The Toppling of Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday To You, referred to as Happy Birthday in the remainder of this...

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The Fair Use Check

The Fair Use Check

Unless you have been following the case of Lenz v. Universal Music Publishing...

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Fair Play and American Exceptionalism

Fair Play and American Exceptionalism

On December 24th, 1906, Reginald Fessenden, his wife, and a few helping hands...

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The Performance Right Juncture: Sound Recordings

The Performance Right Juncture: Sound Recordings

Prior to 1972, no federal copyright protection existed for sound recordings....

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The Performance Right Juncture: Compositions

The Performance Right Juncture: Compositions

Two exclusive rights of copyright are at the heart of the worldwide business...

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Sampling Without A License

Sampling Without A License

Sampling has been controversial from the very start. Supporters of the...

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