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Taylor Swift removed her entire music catalogue from Spotify. A few months later, Jay-Z bought a Swedish music streaming service for $56 million. If streaming services and record companies didn’t rush to the war room, it wasn’t for lack of notice. Clearly change was coming.
On Monday, Jay-Z announced the launch of Tidal, [...]Continue Reading →
Revolution or Ruse: Wu-Tang Clan’s 88-Year Hold on the Commercial Release of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin
On March 26, 2015 By Katherine Dutcher March 26, 2015
The Wu-Tang Clan’s latest—and perhaps last—collective musical endeavor has been six years in the making, will be sold exclusively to one (very wealthy) buyer, and will only be released commercially after 88 years. Anyone reading this now will likely never see that day. Why such extremes? “Art is extreme,” group leader RZA says. “For [...]Continue Reading →
On March 25, 2015 By Lauren Ostberg March 25, 2015
Last month, Harper Collins announced that they would publish Harper Lee’s novel, Go Set a Watchman. Lee’s debut novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, brought the noble local attorney Atticus Finch into the public imagination.
The coverage of Go Tell a Watchman has focused on Tonja Carter, Lee’s nonfictional attorney. Carter, a 2006 graduate [...]Continue Reading →
On March 23, 2015 By Morgan Morrison March 23, 2015
The heirs of Morton Stevens, the composer for the original Hawaii Five-0’s iconic, Emmy-winning theme song, are suing CBS for copyright infringement. The network used the song in a reboot of the series, which premiered in 2010 and continues to air today.
Stevens’ heirs allege that CBS wrongfully filed a renewal registration after the composer [...]Continue Reading →
On March 13, 2015 By Cassidi Hammock March 13, 2015
Feeling nostalgic is not new for the average 90′s kid. Buzzfeed and other sites frequently put out lists and reminders of what children experienced in the 90′s and 00′s. One site brought actual television shows from Nickelodeon to your computer streaming. Nickreboot did more just remind the visiter that they used [...]Continue Reading →
On March 6, 2015 By Anthony Jackson March 7, 2015
Universal, free access to the law is a prerequisite to open participation in government. Without an opportunity to access the law, citizens have no way to comprehend the rules that bind them. However, the relatively unknown practice of incorporation by reference (IBR) allows private organizations to charge for access to [...]Continue Reading →
Pandora had long thought it could use pre-1972 recordings free of charge, but the rock band The Turtles are trying to prove them wrong. Last week, Judge Philip S. Gutierrez denied Pandora’s motion to dismiss. This is not the first time the signers from the Turtles, suing as Flo & Eddie, Inc., have been successful against [...]Continue Reading →
On March 2, 2015 By Christopher Borns March 3, 2015
Once every three years, the United States Copyright Office allows for the submission of proposed exemptions to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Section 1201 prohibits individuals from circumventing a technological measure that controls access to a protected work even if the reason for doing so is otherwise legal. The exemptions [...]Continue Reading →
The Village People are back in the spotlight, but not in costume this time. A trial has recently begun to determine the rightful songwriter behind twenty-four of the Village People’s biggest hits, including “YMCA” and “Macho Man.” In May 2012, Victor Willis, the original Village People singer-songwriter (or for those of your familiar with [...]Continue Reading →
Great Artists Steal? A Music Theory Thought Experiment & a Worry about the Litigation of Popular Music
On February 19, 2015 By Lawrence Crane-Moscowitz February 16, 2015
Copyright law and popular music can sometimes appear to be strange bedfellows. The Founders were not likely to have intended this tension, given the fact that “promot[ing] the . . . useful Arts,” is followed by a phrase that limits the exclusive right to use, only “securing [it] for limited Times to Authors and Inventors.” [...]Continue Reading →
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