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Music Law 101: Transfer of Copyright and Termination

USA - February 14 2019 As we have previously discussed, a copyright is first owned by its author (whether individually or on a “work made for hire” basis). Like with any...

Amanda M. Whorton.

Music Law 101: Who Owns the Copyright in a Song?

USA - August 29 2018 After your band has written and recorded a song, who actually owns the song? This simple question does not necessarily have a simple answer. How many...

Music Law 101: Protect Your Music, Protect Yourself

USA - August 14 2018 We are pleased to introduce a new blog series. Music Law 101 will be a recurring bi-weekly series consisting of posts covering a wide variety of legal...

Second Circuit Affirms “Fractional Licensing” Decision

USA - December 22 2017 The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that the ASCAP and BMI antitrust consent decrees do not prohibit “fractional licensing” of songs...

“Haters Gonna Hate, Hate . . . .” Can Taylor Swift “Shake it Off”?

USA - October 15 2017 On September 18, 2017, songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler filed a lawsuit against Taylor Swift in the United States District Court for the...