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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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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 …

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…
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