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Although Pandora may have won a single battle against the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the recent decision has left many questions about music royalties unanswered. Pandora originally filed suit against ASCAP in the Southern District of New York, petitioning the court to set “reasonable” licensing fees through 2015. The [...]

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The legal battle over the Beastie Boys’ 1987 song “Girls” had some law students wondering if it might be a fact pattern on their copyright final exam. Now, the band and toy company GoldieBlox have reached a settlement over a months-long infringement suit.

GoldieBlox’s stated mission is “to get [...]

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One day in 1985, Smokey Robinson said to his then wife Claudette Rogers “I wanna leave you, don’t wanna stay here . . . . Don’t wanna spend another day here . . . . I wanna split now.”

Now, there’s some sad things known to man, but ain’t too much sadder than [...]

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On Monday, November 11, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) sent take-down notices to fifty music lyric sites. After an October report by David Lowery, University of Georgia researcher and founder of rock bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, the NMPA had reason to believe that those fifty sites were publishing lyrics without first [...]

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No Publicity Rights for the ‘Soul Man’

On November 6, 2013 By Doruk Onvural

On Halloween Thursday, Sam Moore, a Grammy-winning musician, lost his four-year litigation battle against The Weinstein Co. over the 2008 film Soul Men. Moore claimed that the film was a thinly-veiled rip-off of his music career and that the film’s accompanying soundtrack violated his trademark to “Soul Man.”

In 2012, a Tennessee judge dismissed both claims, [...]

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Y – M – C – No More?

On September 27, 2013 By William Wojcik

Last May, Victor Willis, a former member of The Village People, scored a major legal victory in federal court in California. Judge Barry Moskowitz held that record labels could not block Willis from exercising his “termination rights” under the Copyright Act of 1978. A few weeks ago, despite claims from record label attorneys [...]

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Let’s Get It On: Robin Thicke vs. Marvin Gaye

On September 19, 2013 By John Lomascolo

For many people, the days of truly talented, original, creative, and charismatic musicians and artists are long gone. Many miss the quality of music from legends like Elvis, The Beatles, Bob Marley, and Frank Sinatra. For those who miss the iconic soul of Marvin Gaye, they may have been happy, or [...]

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Kickstart My Art

On September 17, 2013 By Jeffrey W. Sheehan

This summer, Martha Ingram saved Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center from a looming bankruptcy. Now, the symphony that calls the Schermerhorn home is seeking out a new patron to “be a part of the experience” of recording three works by composer Joan Tower. You are that patron. The Symphony is one of [...]

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Why pay a $1.29 per song or for an album at all? Plenty of people pirate music without consequences, so why shouldn’t you?

Ask Joel Tenenbaum.

Tenenbaum was recently dubbed a courtroom “loser” and was cited as one of the Five Biggest Stories in the Music Business. Why? On Tuesday, June 23, the [...]

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A “black swan event” is one that comes as a surprise and has a significant effect.  An “intern” is often defined as a student or graduate undergoing some type of supervised training or work.  What is not included in the dictionary definition, however, is that they are–more often than not–unpaid. [...]

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