Beatles Fake Merch Lawsuit Win Demonstrates How The System Actually Works

A slew of recent legal wins by The Beatles Apple Corps against 77 infringing counterfeit entities should theoretically be a windfall of cash, but actually collecting from the defendants in. Continue reading

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Every Possible Melody Has Been Copyrighted, Stored On A Single Hard Drive

In a unique effort to combat the high volume of dubious lawsuits flying back and forth in the music industry today, on team of musicians has recorded every possible melody. Continue reading

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Appeals Court Upholds Drake Sampling Fair Use Victory

While a recent court decision to uphold Drake’s sampling demonstrates a rare victory for fair use in an era riddled with questionable industry lawsuits, the victory is somewhat marred by. Continue reading

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The One Question You Must Ask Yourself Before Dropping A New Track

Once you’ve completed that perfect new single, you’re going to want to share it with the wold immediately. Before releasing new music to the public, however, there’s one question you. Continue reading

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What Last Year’s Legal Decisions Mean For Music In 2020

In this piece, Erin M. Jacobson reviews some of the music industry’s biggest legal moments of 2019, both positive and negative, and what impact they’ll have on the coming year.. Continue reading

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Years Of Copyright Maximalism Is Killing Pop Music

When the “Blurred Lines” decision was handed down – stating that creating a song that had too similar of feel to a preexisting track was infringement, many warned that the. Continue reading

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Stopping Google’s End Run: No Safe Harbor Privilege in Trade Agreements

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement recently passed the house and is headed for the senate. Many in the music industry are concerned, however, that the new deal contains concepts which looks. Continue reading

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What You Must Know Before Splitting Royalties

When it comes to releasing new music that results from collaborative effort, it’s important know not only who contributed to what on each the track, but how much of the. Continue reading

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Copyright Office Should Establish Conflict Of Interest Policy For The MMA Musical Works Database [Op-Ed]

In this piece, Chris Castle weighs in on why the Copyright Office should put in place a conflict of interest policy for the recently passed Music Modernization Act’s Musical works. Continue reading

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2nd Class Action Suit Filed Against Spotify Seeks $200M “To vindicate rights” Of Songwriters, Publishers

Just after Christmas, musician and music industry critic David Lowery filed a lawsuit against Spotify seeking class action status and $150 million in damages for using songs without obtaining the proper. Continue reading

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