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The De Minimus Exception to Infringement is Now in Vogue for Sound Recordings

USA - June 7 2016 On June 2, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s granting of summary judgment to defendants and vacated an award of…

The Question Songwriters Should Ask Obama at SXSW

USA - March 10 2016 This Friday, President Obama will be delivering the keynote address at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas…

All About The 100-Page White Paper on Remixes, First Sale and Statutory Damages

USA - February 4 2016 Last week, the Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force issued its White Paper on Remixes, First Sale and Statutory Damages, a 100-page report…

Do candidates have the right to conscript songs for political purposes?

USA - December 1 2015 It's another presidential election cycle and - in addition to PAC moneymen, countless commercials, polls, trolls, sound bites, and sniping…

Are transformative fair use principles foul to musicians?

USA - November 23 2015 In my previous post, I sped through the history of fair use from Justice Story to the current statute and strolled through a few examples of the…