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No, you don’t own your arrangement of that hit song

USA - July 27 2015 A guitarist contacted me recently. He creates arrangements of popular songs and puts the PDFs of the music for sale on his website. The first thing I…

What’s next for ASCAP and BMI as SESAC buys The Harry Fox Agency?

USA - July 10 2015 A lot of people are wondering what it means for the music industry since it was reported that the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the…

Why the Register of Copyrights wants to turn in her library card

USA - April 14 2015 Those who don't practice copyright law might be surprised that the Copyright Office is neither an independent agency nor part of the Commerce…

The Second Circuit terminates copyright in Santa Claus song

USA - October 13 2015 In its October 8 decision in Baldwin v. EMI Feist Catalog, Inc., the Second Circuit reversed the District Court’s granting of summary judgment to…

Blurred Lines in the difference between copyright in a song and in a recording

USA - March 12 2015 There’s been a blizzard of articles regarding the jury decision finding that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ 2013 megahit, “Blurred Lines,”…