Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

Certain sound recordings from decades ago are still considered commercially viable today.  In fact, songs by Frank Sinatra, Etta James, and the Beatles are still…

Copyright and Common Sense

In May of 1787, the top political figures of a fledgling United States met in Philadelphia to draft a Constitution. They judged artistic expression and…

A Non-Musical Brief on JOBS

Crowdfunding   is surpassing record label funding in the modern artist’s lexicon and is now used for tours and recordings, album art, and music videos. For…

The Peddling of Recording Rights

Recent negotiations between Clear Channel Communications and Warner Music Group have sent shockwaves throughout the recording industry. For the first time on a major scale,…

Working Conditions in Cruise Ships

The International Labour Organization’s (“ILO”) Maritime Labour Convention (“MLC”) is providing new rights and protection for more than 1.2 million seafarers working on vessels around…

An Update on Reversion Rights

What do Tom Petty, Bryan Adams, Tom Waits, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan all have in common? They released iconic albums that generated millions of…

The Copyleft Tradition

In past years, music has firmly established itself as a free good in the minds of many consumers, making it increasingly difficult to monetize and…

Copyright and The Supreme Court

This year marks the two hundredth anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth. The writer was also a tireless advocate for a global copyright framework. But it…

Copyright Inefficiency

Allowing others the freedom to sample and remix a musician’s work can be a true positive for everyone involved. In the age of technology, there…

Copyright Efficiency

It is true that in recent years technology has been challenging the entertainment industry, not only allowing a widely unauthorized circulation of copyrighted works, but…