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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 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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Shortchanging Covers

Shortchanging Covers

On February 5, 2015, the US Copyright Office released a comprehensive set of...

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Post-1978 Copyright Reversions

Post-1978 Copyright Reversions

2013 marked the first year that sound recording and musical composition...

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Fair Use: A Manual

Fair Use: A Manual

Fair use has always been a contentious concept. A great number of musicians,...

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Copyright in Public Places

Copyright in Public Places

“All the world’s a stage,” wrote Shakespeare in As You Like It, and...

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Protecting the Living Dead

Protecting the Living Dead

There are many stars who left the stage far too soon, among them John Lennon,...

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