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A peek at the Congressional briefing book on the music business

USA - October 6 2015 On September 22, the Congressional Research Service (“CRS”) of the Library of Congress, released a report, Copyright Licensing in Music Distribution…

Did the Joker write the Ninth Circuit’s Batmobile decision?

USA - October 2 2015 In DC Comics v. Towle, the Ninth Circuit recently upheld the district court’s summary judgment determination that the Batmobile, as it appeared in at…

A happy birthday to a new public domain song

USA - September 28 2015 I originally wrote about Marya v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., the "Happy Birthday To You" case, in June 2013 when the case was originally filed in…

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…