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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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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…

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


08/05/2016

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


07/02/2016

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


06/01/2016

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


05/04/2016

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


04/04/2016

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


02/29/2016

 February 29, 2016 – Washington DC — In response to today’s “Provisional Information Technology Modernization Plan a…

US Copyright Office Announces Review Of Safe Harbours


02/01/2016

At the end of a year in which ‘safe harbours’ have consistently topped the agenda of the music industry’s lobbyists, the US Copyrigh…

The $5 million 'Blurred Lines' legal fight over the song's 'vibe' could permanently change the music industry


01/02/2016

From the outside, the "Blurred Lines" lawsuit involving the family of Marvin Gaye, Robin Thicke, and Pharrell looks like a textbook copyrigh…

Copyright Alliance Emphasizes Need for Independent Copyright Office IT System


12/07/2015

Copyright Alliance Urges More Autonomy for the U.S. Copyright Office in Statement Submitted to House Administration Committee December 1, 2015 …

The Ongoing Happy Birthday Copyright Saga


11/04/2015

 Warner Asks Judge To Reconsider Filmmakers Push For Public Domain Ruling Last month, as you may recall, Judge George King said that Warner/Cha…

Why You Should Still Register a Copyrighted Work


10/03/2015

While many creatives in the entertainment industry believe (and are partly correct) that a work is copyrighted as soon as it is fixed in a tangible me…
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