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Italian Film Composer “Scores” for Authors

USA - August 29 2019 The Second Circuit issued a remarkable decision on termination rights under Sections 203 and 304(c) of the Copyright Act that seemingly, whether...

Supreme Court Holds that a Copyright Claimant May Commence an Infringement Suit Only AFTER the Copyright Office Registers the Copyright

USA - March 7 2019 On March 4, 2019, the United States Supreme Court held unanimously that “a copyright claimant may commence an infringement suit when the Copyright...

Bradley C. Graveline.

Florida Now Follows New York to Find No Common Law Public Performance Right For Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

USA - October 27 2017 A few months ago, we brought to your attention a case initiated by The Turtles, seeking royalties in New York for the unauthorized performance of...

Chidera Anyanwu.

The Southern District of New York Finds “Work Made For Hire” Under Italian Copyright Law

USA - October 23 2017 Musical scores incorporated into films are usually produced with the specific film in mind. In the U.S., we call such works “works made for hire,”...

Chidera Anyanwu.

Eleventh Circuit Joins Split Court Decisions on Registration Precondition for Copyright Suits

USA - June 5 2017 Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act generally requires copyright registration, or a refusal of registration, before a copyright action may be filed...