|Posted on November 20, 2018 at 9:05 PM||comments (0)|
The President recently signed the Music Modernization Act into law. This legislation streamlines payment to songwriters by creating a single mechanical licensing database for streamed music. The database is managed by music publishers and songwriters and paid for by digital streaming services.
|Posted on September 21, 2015 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
A California judge hearing a copyright suit against Warner/Chappell music recently ruled that the "Happy Birthday" song is in the public domain. The judge held that Warner could enforce its copyright only in certain arrangements of the song. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE
|Posted on July 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
The US Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit recently upheld a $375,000 damage award for illegally downloading and distributing copyrighted music. Other jurisdiction have recently awarded similarly large damages.
|Posted on July 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
The US Copyright Office is offering a trial registration option for single works where the author is the copyright owner. This registration cannot be used in works for hire. The trial registration will be available on 6/28/2013 and these applications can be submitted using a simplified application via the Copyright Office's electronic registration system at the same cost as a standard electronic application. Comments on the new registration option will be accepted until August 28, 2013.
|Posted on June 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
Filmmaker Jennifer Nelson failed to secure a license from Warner/Chappell prior to creating a documentary on the song "Happy Birthday to You." The question is whether Warner/Chappell holds a copyright on simply a piano arrangement created in 1935 or the 100 year old song.
|Posted on January 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
ReDigi has created software that purports to remove old digital music files from the user's equipment and then allow that user to resell these files through ReDigi's on-line marketplace. Capitol Records filed suit against the company in 2012 claiming copyright infringement. The first sale doctrine seems to suggest that a purchased copy can be legally sold. But is a digital copy a true "copy" under copyright law?
UPDATE: In April 2013 the Court granted summary judgment for Capitol Records, finding that ReDigi's online sale of digital music constitutes copyright infringement. This ruling creates a distinction between physical items and digital ones. While this case applies to digital music, it may affect the resale of all digital works including e-books. ReDigi may appeal.
|Posted on May 29, 2012 at 6:20 AM||comments (0)|
Big Fines for Small Time Copyright Violators
Recording industry goes after university student who illegally downloaded and shared 30 songs.