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On February 6, 2013 By Emily Green
Twittersphere is buzzing with allegations that the popular TV show, Glee, ripped off the work of singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton. The episode in question was aired on January, 24, 2013, and featured a glee-ified rendition of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s rap, “Baby Got Back.”
According to Coulton’s angry fans, Glee‘s arrangement of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s rap is [...]Continue Reading →
Confession time: I am a total sucker for acoustic covers of non-acoustic songs. Obadiah Parker’s cover of “Hey Ya” by OutKast is life-changing. If you’ve never heard it, seek it out from a legal source and enjoy. I’ll wait.
Welcome back. Now clearly, Obadiah Parker created his brilliant version legally through a license. He arranged [...]Continue Reading →
Despite a notorious history of ‘big player’ domination, concentration of ownership in recorded music reached a peak Friday, September 12, 2012, when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the merger of Universal Music Group (“Universal”) and EMI Recorded Music (“EMI”). Despite the FTC’s finding that the merger will not substantially lessen competition in [...]Continue Reading →
On August 23, 2012 By Erin Reimer
Even as a child, it seemed to be a given that there was freedom of religion, speech, and press. We are taught that these are universal and fundamental rights—memorialized, rather than created, by the Bill of Rights. Yet many would argue that a recent Russian judicial decision serves as a reminder that that the [...]Continue Reading →
On August 3, 2012 By Colton Cline
It seems for now that the record labels have the upper hand. They have the upper hand on content pirates and artists.
In 2008, Swedish prosecutors filed charges against four individuals that predominately ran the Pirate Bay: Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, and financier Carl Lundström. The defendants were found [...]Continue Reading →
Students of Antitrust law take note: a 4-3 merger of the smallest into the largest of the four biggest recording companies is underway. Universal Music Group is attempting to purchase EMI, the home of the Beatles. Universal Music Group is itself owned by Vivendi, a French company.
The EU, however, isn’t entirely Continue Reading →
On July 5, 2012 By Mike Dearington
Popular webcomic ‘The Oatmeal’ gets sued for $20,000 for copyright infringement. It decides to raise the money via donations, and then donate it to charity instead. Currently, it’s raised more than $150,000. Daniel Moore wins trademark infringement suit, doesn’t have to pay for paintings that depict college athletic jerseys. Amazon Continue Reading →
Internet trolls use the anonymity of the Internet to inflame emotions, tarnish reputations and possibly damage careers. In Internet slang, troll refers to someone who participates in a range of actions from attacking total strangers and celebrities to bullying. Recently trolls received worldwide attention for their attacks on Nicola Brookes and [...]Continue Reading →
The children of Ray Charles did not inherit the rights and interests to his musical compositions; rather, these intellectual property rights were given to The Ray Charles Foundation. The Ray Charles Foundation, created in 1986, by the renowned singer-songwriter, is a non-profit organization that provides funding to [...]Continue Reading →
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