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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 Law Of The Unites States (a refresher)


08/03/2018

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


07/04/2018

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


06/05/2018

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


04/25/2018

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:


04/01/2018

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


03/05/2018

 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)


01/18/2018

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


01/08/2018

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


12/06/2017

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


11/01/2017

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

Copyright and NAFTA Renegotiations


10/04/2017

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


09/04/2017

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

Copyright Alliance Sends Comments To US Copyright Office


08/01/2017

This past weekend, the Copyright Alliance sent comments to the U.S. Copyright Office regarding its revisions to the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Offic…

Roberts V. Gordy - A Rogue Judge Or A Bad Omen For Music Publishers


07/05/2017

This month’s article is written by John Ouellette, Law Offices of John R. Ouellette, Esq. He can be reached at john@jroentertainmentlaw.com. Any…

Copyright Office Updates the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices


06/04/2017

On June 1, the U.S. Copyright Office released a revised draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition,…

S. 1010, a Senate companion to H.R. 1695


05/10/2017

On May 3, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orr…

The SCL Submits Comments In Response To the USCO's Request


04/04/2017

The United States Copyright Office is undertaking a public study to assess the current state of U.S. law recognizing and protecting moral rights for a…

How the Battle Over Control of the U.S. Copyright Office Could Affect the Music Industry


04/03/2017

The struggle over who will be the next Register of Copyrights is about to begin with the expected introduction of a bill to make the position a presid…

15 Music Organizations Say DMCA Isn't Working


03/05/2017

15 organizations representing music creators - including RIAA, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, NMPA, SoundExchange, NSAI, and SAG-AFTRA - filed comments with the U…

Copyright Alliance Asks President Trump To Strengthen Protections


02/01/2017

The Copyright Alliance, an advocacy group representing content creators, is urging Trump to enhance protections against online piracy and steer clear …

Copyright Royalty Board Cost-of-Living Adjustments Take Effect


01/11/2017

On Sunday, January 1, the cost-of-living adjustments announced by the Copyright Royalty Board will take effect. These adjustments, 2% and 1.6%, respec…

Two Former Heads of the US Copyright Office Send Letter Defending Maria Pallante


12/06/2016

Two former heads of the U.S. Copyright Office sent a letter to the chairs of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in sharp criticism of the abrup…

Librarian of Congress Fails to Alert Oversight Committees of Massive Abuse of Copyright Loophole by Google and Amazon


11/09/2016

The Librarian of Congress?  You may ask what in the world does the Librarian of Congress have to do with the music business?  The answer is&…

Big Tech’s Latest Artist Relations Debacle: Mass Filings of NOIs to Avoid Paying Statutory Royalties (Part 1) — Music Tech Solut


10/03/2016

Google, Amazon and MRI are reportedly filing “millions” of NOIs with the Copyright Office after buying data out the back door of the Libra…

5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating


09/04/2016

The free culture movement says all sorts of truthy-sounding things about how copyright might just be a bad thing. I offer this short list of seriously…
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