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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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Can My Co-Writer Copy from Our Joint Work?


Stephen Carlisle August 19, 2020 This is a topic that does not get analyzed very often, and few Courts have taken up the subject. But the case of&nb…

Senate Hearing Explores the Intersection of Fair Use and the DMCA: Part I


On July 28th, the Senate IP Subcommittee held a fourth hearing in its ongoing investigation into the viability of the Digital Millennium Copyrigh…

Copyright Office Requests Public Comments on MLC Best Practices


In a public study directed by the Music Modernization Act (MMA), the US Copyright Office is soliciting public comments to recommend best practices tha…

The Eagles’ Don Henley Calls on Congress to Bolster Online Copyright Laws


The Eagles’ Don Henley urged Congress to strengthen anti-piracy rules online while testifying virtually before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee T…

Senators Ask The U.S. Copyright, Patent Offices to Study Infringement by States


In a pair of letters last month, Sens. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) asked the U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Paten…

Katy Perry Wins Appeal in ‘Dark Horse’ Infringement Case Judge reverses previous $2.8 million decision in favor of Christian rap


Katy Perry has won her appeal in the ongoing plagiarism dispute over her 2013 hit “Dark Horse.” In 2014, the pop star was sued by the C…

Charter Challenges Copyright Registrations of Music Recordings


Facing a billion-dollar lawsuit, the internet service provider questions whether a big percentage of sound recordings have been improperly registered …

Copyright and Social Justice Event Highlights Importance of Equal Access to the Benefits of Copyright


    Copyright and Social Justice Event Highlights Importance of Equal Access to the Benefits of Copyright by Ross Broudy January 28,…

Maria Strong Named Acting U.S. Copyright Register Amid Search for Permanent Chief


The U.S. Copyright Office has appointed Associate Register of Copyrights Maria Strong as the new acting register of copyrights effective Jan…

Copyright Alliance Applauds Congressional Letter to ALI on Copyright Restatement Project


Washington, D.C. – In response to the December 3 letter sent to American Law Institute (ALI) Director Richard Revesz by Senator Thom Tillis…

USCO Launches Learning Engine Video Series


The U.S. Copyright Office has just launched a new video series on its YouTube channel and on its website, titled Learning Engine. This …

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 …
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