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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 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 …

Copyright Alliance Sends Comments To US Copyright Office


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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…

To Promote American Innovation, We’ve Got to Modernize The US Copyright Office


Today, if you wish to get a copyright for a musical composition or a book, don’t expect things to move at warp speed. A snail’s pace is mo…

Judge Frees ‘Happy Birthday’ Song Of Copyright Protection


A federal judge signed off on a settlement of the copyright case involving “Happy Birthday” – billed as the most recognized song in …

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…
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