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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.

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Copyright Alliance Applauds House Judiciary Committee on Passage of the CASE Act


  Washington, DC – Today, Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid issued the following statement in response to the Manager’s…

Why is No One Talking About this Provision of the CASE Act? Because It Benefits Users of Copyrighted Works


Why is No One Talking About this Provision of the CASE Act? It’s Because It Benefits Users of Copyrighted Works  by Keith Kupferschmid, CE…

Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee Holds USCO Oversight Hearing


On July 30, the Senate Judiciary Committee's IP Subcommittee held a hearing titled Oversight of the U.S. Copyright Office. Register of Copyrights…

House Judiciary Hearing on Copyright Office Reviews Music Modernization Act, Black Box Royalty Concerns


With many indie songwriters concerned about how the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) created by the Music Modernization Act (MMA) will handle the…

The Global Value of Music Copyright Topped $28 Billion in 2017


What is the global value of music copyright? This intriguing question was addressed by Music Business Worldwide for calendar years 2014, 2015 and 2016…

Maria Strong Appointed Director of Policy and International Affairs


  On April 24, Register of Copyrights Karyn A. Temple announced that Maria Strong will serve as Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of…

Copyright Alliance Commends Appointment of Karyn A. Temple as Register of Copyrights


On March 27, 2019, the Copyright Alliance released a statement commending the appointment of Karyn A. Temple as the next Register of Copyrights. Ac…

Copyright Owners Must Wait For Copyright Office Action Before Filing For Copyright Infringement


In Fourth Estate, Justice Ginsburg held that registration occurs when the Copyright Office acts to either complete a registration or refuse registrati…

The 10 Most Memorable Copyright Moments of 2018


10 Most Memorable Copyright Moments of 2018 by Chelsea Hack   December 13, 2018 From historic midterm elections to royal weddings (yes,…

Copyright Alliance Offers Holiday Shopping Tips for Copyright-Protected Gifts


    Copyright Alliance Offers Holiday Shopping Tips for Copyright-Protected Gifts The Alliance looks to promote consumer awareness a…

How Ray Manzarek & the Doors Helped Change The Course of Copyright History


Riders on the Storm: How Ray Manzaarek & The Doors Helped Change The Course of Copyright History by Neil Turkewitz October 16, 2018 This blo…

A Copyright Battle Over Led Zeppelin's Iconic Song


Led Zeppelin will have to re-do a trial on whether the song is an infringement of Spirit's "Taurus" after the Ninth Circuit flags improper j…

The NAFTA revision, with congressional approval, might mean a copyright term of life of the author plus 75 years. Or maybe not.


An ambiguous press release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative sent copyright lawyers scrambling for answers. On Monday, August 27th, th…

Copyright Law Of The Unites States (a refresher)


Do you have copyright questions?  If so, our colleagues at the Copyright Alliance have answers!   The U.S. Copyright Act is the basis …

Supreme Court to Clarify What Constitutes a ‘Registration’ Under the Copyright Act


Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP On June 28, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted petition for writ of certiorari in Fourth Estate Public Be…

Supreme Court Poised to Possibly Decide Important Copyright Registration Issue


a blog by Rachel Kim You may have heard that copyright registration is not required for a work to be protected under copyright law, but that it is …

Copyright Alliance Applauds Today’s Unanimous Passage of Music Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5447) by House


Washington, D.C. – The Copyright Alliance applauded today’s bipartisan approval of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) of 2018 (H.R. 5447), …

ABA IP Section Pens Letter in Support of CASE Act:


On March 23, the ABA Section of IP sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member Jerry Nadler …

213 Recording Artists and Music Organizations Urge Congress to Close 1972 Sound Recording Loophole


 213 legacy recording artists— including Billy Joel, Roseanne Cash, and Tina Turner— joined eight music organizations—A2IM, Ame…

Copyright Alliance Commends Reps. Collins and Jeffries on Introduction of Music Modernization Act (H.R. 4706)


Washington, D.C. – In a statement issued today, the Copyright Alliance commended Representatives Collins (R-GA) and Jeffries (D-NY) – as w…

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Friend of Music Business, Named Ranking Member of House Judiciary Committee


Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) won a contested race to become the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over copyright…

Dec 31 Is The Deadline to Claim Pre-1972 Sound Recordings in SiriusXM Settlement


Sunday, December 31 is the deadline for settlement class members – from the settlement entered into in Flo & Eddie v. Si…

Music Creators See Big Tech Earning Billions While 'Strip-Mining Artists' Work


A Billboard guest op-ed by Melvin Gibbs, President of the Content Creators Coalition.  

Copyright and NAFTA Renegotiations


On May 18, 2017, the United States Trade Representative informed the Congress of the Trump administration’s plans to renegotiate the North Ameri…

The Copyright Alliance Applauds Approval of White House Intellectual Property Advisor


August 4, 2017 Washington, D.C. – Today, Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s …
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