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No Country for Old Mp3s

On April 10, 2013 By Veronica Gordon

You can resell your old CDs, tapes, and records. That’s a no-brainer for music lovers who have sifted through piles of records to find old-school gems. But, according to a federal court in New York’s Southern District, the same right does not apply to the resale of digital files. So much for keeping that tradition [...]

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Google Tweaks YouTube: Pay-To-View Channels

On February 28, 2013 By Jonathan Hoffmann

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is in the process of changing up YouTube.  The new model would allow individuals who create and post videos to charge viewers to see content.  This move would help raise revenue for all parties involved.  For YouTube, this may mean increased postings and thereby [...]

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Chubby Checker, also known as “The King of the Twist,” recently filed a lawsuit that could help prevent him from becoming known as The King of Inappropriate and Pointless Smartphone Apps.

The lawsuit was filed against Hewlett-Packard and its subsidiary, Palm, Inc., for $500 million, in light of an app called [...]

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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 [...]

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Baby Got… A License

On January 30, 2013 By Caitlin Angelette

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Can’t Buy EMI?

On July 18, 2012 By Caitlin Angelette

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.

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The NBA season may be over, but the action is just heating up in one New York court.  On Thursday, Tony Parker, a veteran point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, filed this lawsuit in the Supreme Court of New York  in New York County, a [...]

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