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Expert Witness Fund established to defend against RIAA Lawsuits

The Recording Industry v. the People, an anti-RIAA blog operat ed by New York attorney, Ray Beckerman, is cooperating with the Boston-based non-profit, The Free Software Foundation, to establish "a fund to help provide computer expert witnesses to combat RIAA's ongoing lawsuits, and to defend against the RIAA's attempt to redefine copyright law." The Free [...]

By | 2007-12-04T10:40:11+00:00 December 4th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Music Law|Comments Off on Expert Witness Fund established to defend against RIAA Lawsuits

Copyright: it’s the end of the world as we know it.

Abraham Maslow’s famous “hierarchy of needs” places self-actualization as the pinnacle of human behavior.  To illustrate what the phrase "self-actualization" meant , Maslow said: “a musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves.”  Of course, the thing that is important to [...]

By | 2007-11-08T14:13:17+00:00 November 8th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Music Law|Comments Off on Copyright: it’s the end of the world as we know it.

Last Man Standing – collaborating with other songwriters

See Jane. See Jane write lyrics. See Dick. See Dick write melodies. See Dick meet Jane. See Dick and Jane combine their efforts and collaborate together to write a song. This is one frequent story among Nashville's songwriting community.  On any given afternoon in Nashville, there will be innumerable co-writing sessions occurring at any given [...]

By | 2015-03-21T22:26:14+00:00 November 2nd, 2007|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Law, RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on Last Man Standing – collaborating with other songwriters

Courts taking a stricter look at evidence in RIAA downloading cases

There appears to be a slight ripple of a trend among courts to take a stricter look at the evidence being presented by the RIAA in its crusade against digital downloads, based primarily on the evidence of user names and IP addresses assembled by their expert consultants, MediaSentry.  In the RIAA's case against Jeff Dangler, [...]

By | 2007-10-30T09:00:18+00:00 October 30th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on Courts taking a stricter look at evidence in RIAA downloading cases

UT Student’s Motion to Quash subpoena is denied in Virgin Records et al. v Does 1-3

On August 16, 2007, Doe No. 28 in the RIAA's action captioned Virgin Records America, Inc. et al. v. Does 1-33 filed a motion to squash the subpoena issued to the University of Tennessee on the grounds that, one, it was unreasonable on its face and, two, it violates his rights under the Family Educational [...]

By | 2007-10-24T16:28:23+00:00 October 24th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Music Law, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on UT Student’s Motion to Quash subpoena is denied in Virgin Records et al. v Does 1-3

No more lines in the virtual sand – the Hew Griffiths case considered.

Back in 1999, my law clerk, J. Eric Crupi and I considered the topic of personal jurisdiction as applied to the Internet. In the resulting Law on the Row article, entitled "Lines in the Virtual Sand." In the original article, Eric concluded that “the boundaries of personal jurisdiction in cyberspace have not been concretely defined, [...]

By | 2007-10-23T09:12:05+00:00 October 23rd, 2007|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law|Comments Off on No more lines in the virtual sand – the Hew Griffiths case considered.

Vanderbilt Students to receive a round of RIAA Letters

Fueled in part by its success in Virgin v. Thomas, the RIAA (on behalf of EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group) issued a new round of pre-litigation letters to college students across the country Thursday of last week. This is its ninth such round of letters since beginning [...]

By | 2007-10-22T14:54:01+00:00 October 22nd, 2007|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Row News|Comments Off on Vanderbilt Students to receive a round of RIAA Letters

Tricks of the Trade

The "Star Power" theory of damage reduction in copyright infringement actions Most consumers instantly recognize brand names such as Coca-Cola®, Nabisco®, Frito-Lay®, and Sony®. As a result of their prior purchasing experience with these brands, a consumer is much more likely to purchase a new brand of cookies bearing the Nabisco®® label than they are [...]

By | 2007-10-12T07:05:16+00:00 October 12th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Life on the Row, Music Law|Comments Off on Tricks of the Trade

Holy Copyright, Batman! The Legal Doctrine of Scenes a Faire

This article originally appear in the print edition of Law on the Row, Volume 2, Issue 1 on September 9, 2002.  Imagine two musical works written in a minor key using a standard jazz progression such as I-IV-II-V. Further imagine that Work B is alleged to be an infringement of Work A. The author of [...]

By | 2015-03-21T22:23:12+00:00 October 11th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Music Law, Music Row News, Songwriting|Comments Off on Holy Copyright, Batman! The Legal Doctrine of Scenes a Faire