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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

Taming the “Big Bad Record Company”

What songwriters can do to improve their negotiating strength in an entertainment deal A very common theme among my songwriter and artist clients is the subject of how they were "ripped off" by their record label and/or music publisher (for purposes of this general publication, I'll refrain from using the actual, more vivid terms often [...]

By | 2015-03-21T22:26:58+00:00 March 21st, 2001|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on Taming the “Big Bad Record Company”

Slow Ball: The RIAA beat Napster, but can it beat Gnutella & FreeNet?

This article first appeared in the print edition of Law on the Row, Volume 2, Issue 1, on March 21, 2001  Hillary Rosen, president of the Recording Industry Association of America (""RIAA"), called RIAA’s legal victory over Napster, the mega-MP3 file trading site, a "clear victory for all creators." While the efforts of the record industry [...]

By | 2001-03-21T02:05:39+00:00 March 21st, 2001|Copyright Issues|Comments Off on Slow Ball: The RIAA beat Napster, but can it beat Gnutella & FreeNet?