RIAA Realizes It Sued Over A Songs It Doesn’t Hold The Copyrights For

Everyone makes mistakes, and when the RIAA sued Charter Communications roughly a year ago for not kicking users off for copyright infringement, it seems the copyrights in questions were not. Continue reading

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Led Zeppelin’s Latest Copyright Win Could Change How Courts View Infringement

For those following the latest “Stairway to Heaven” copyright case will doubtless be aware, Led Zeppelin have emerged victorious against Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe after a tumultuous ordeal with the. Continue reading

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Will California’s Music Industry Survive AB5?

This article examines how the broad and, as of yet largely untested, new Assembly Bill 5 law could impact the music industry, not just in the state of California, but. Continue reading

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Effort To Put Every Musical Melody Into Public Domain Reveals Craziness Of Modern Copyright

Musicians Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin attempted to get ahead of questionable copyright cases like those involving Blurred Lines and Dark Horse by attempting to put every conceivable melody on. Continue reading

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In It Together: Independents File “Friend of the Court” Brief In Google v. Oracle Case

Chris Castle shares recent efforts by himself and members of the Songwriters Guild of America to protect Oracle from Google’s predatory practices in the most recent of several legal battles.. Continue reading

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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, a 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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