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This month’s article is written by Corey Field. Corey is the current President of the New York-based Copyright Society of the USA. He practices copyright and entertainment law in the Los Angeles office of Ballard Spahr LLP, where he represents clients nationwide in both litigation and transactional matters. He can be reached at fieldc@ballardspahr.com. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

Copyright Q&A


The Copyright Alliance asked creators to submit questions about the copyright registration process. Rob Kasunic, Director of Registration Policy and P…

Led Zeppelin Copyright Trial Scheduled For May 10


Those who have listened to Spirit's "Taurus" and hear similarity to the opening guitar riff in "Stairway to Heaven" might expect L…

McCartney Takes Battle For Beatles Songs To Copyright Office


Well into his eighth decade, Paul McCartney has a lot to be thankful for. Though he recently was denied entry to Tyga’s post-Grammys party, he i…

Copyright Alliance Statement on USCO IT Modernization Plan


 February 29, 2016 – Washington DC — In response to today’s “Provisional Information Technology Modernization Plan a…

US Copyright Office Announces Review Of Safe Harbours


At the end of a year in which ‘safe harbours’ have consistently topped the agenda of the music industry’s lobbyists, the US Copyrigh…

The $5 million 'Blurred Lines' legal fight over the song's 'vibe' could permanently change the music industry


From the outside, the "Blurred Lines" lawsuit involving the family of Marvin Gaye, Robin Thicke, and Pharrell looks like a textbook copyrigh…

Copyright Alliance Emphasizes Need for Independent Copyright Office IT System


Copyright Alliance Urges More Autonomy for the U.S. Copyright Office in Statement Submitted to House Administration Committee December 1, 2015 …

The Ongoing Happy Birthday Copyright Saga


 Warner Asks Judge To Reconsider Filmmakers Push For Public Domain Ruling Last month, as you may recall, Judge George King said that Warner/Cha…

Why You Should Still Register a Copyrighted Work


While many creatives in the entertainment industry believe (and are partly correct) that a work is copyrighted as soon as it is fixed in a tangible me…

Chairman Bob Goodlatte Begins Copyright Review ‘Listening Tour’ in Nashville


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and several other Members of the House of Representatives made the first stop of the House Jud…

The Second Circuit Avoids the Registration Question


Read more of this blog by authors Kristen McCallion and Kerrijane Wennberg of Fish and Richardson by clicking here.    

No, You Don’t Own Your Arrangement of That Hit Song


 Read Marc D. Ostrow, Esq.'s full article here.  

The Performance Right - A World In Transition (part 3)


 By : Todd Brabec (American Bar Association "Entertainment and Sports Lawyer", Volume 31, Number 4, February, 2015) Title 17 of the U…

The Performance Right - A World In Transition (part 2)


By : Todd Brabec (American Bar Association "Entertainment and Sports Lawyer", Volume 31, Number 4, February, 2015) Title 17 of the Unite…

U.S. Copyright Act signed into law May 31, 1790


May 31, 2015 marks the 225th anniversary of the day the first US Copyright Act was signed into law. The Copyright Alliance is marking the occasion wit…

The Performance Right - A World In Transition (part 1)


 By : Todd Brabec (American Bar Association "Entertainment and Sports Lawyer", Volume 31, Number 4, February, 2015) Title 17 of the U…

Copyright Essentials: 5 Things Every Musician Should Know


Music copyright law can be an intimidating world, even for the well versed, but with a general overview and a handful of pointers, you can be well on …

Ten Lessons We Have Learned from Internet Radio, So Far ...


By Corey Field, Esq. Internet radio is in the news lately, with stories outlining the complaints of internet radio stations like Pandora regarding ho…

The DMCA License?


By Corey Field, Esq. Recently I was reading through some Twitter links to copyright articles, when an online article caught my eye because it had suc…

"Think Big" – The Next Great Copyright Act


By Corey Field, Esq. So it has begun.  The United States Register of Copyrights, Maria A. Pallante, recently testified before Congress on the …

Music of the Beltway, or why Washington matters


For music publishers, it is an inescapable fact of life that copyright law, the “Copyright Act” as written by Congress, has a direct effec…

Pan European Online Licensing


This overview is not intended to be comprehensive or a substitute for fee-based information and/or legal advice. Pan European Online Licensing refe…

Termination Rights - Explained


This article is written from two perspectives – The songwriter or their heirs who want to reclaim the copyright and the publisher who wants to c…

Music and Metrics


 “If music did not pay, it would be given up." So wrote Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in a landmark Supreme Court decision in 19…
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