On “Blurred Lines,” Copyright Infringement, and “Sample Trolls”August 20, 2013 Copyright , Music , Music Licensing
Robin Thicke pushes back against copyright litigation threats.
Robin Thicke is apparently being accused of infringing copyrights in Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways” in his single “Blurred Lines.” Apparently in response to demands that he pay licensing fees to the estate of Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music, Inc. (the company that has bought up the rights to Funkadelic’s songs), Thicke is asking a court to state conclusively that he’s not infringing copyrights.
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The Internet Radio Fairness Act: What It Means for Radio, Musicians, and YouNovember 6, 2012 Limitations & Exceptions , Music , Music Licensing , radio royalties
Last week we broke down the details of the Internet Radio Fairness Act, the recently proposed bill that aims to update the compulsory licenses for online radio services. This week we’ll be delving more into the real world impacts of IRFA.
At the end of the day, the proposals in IRFA are a good start toward promoting a healthy, competitive radio marketplace, but there are still a couple of missing pieces that the bill must include to truly be technology-neutral and to fairly balance the interests at stake in the radio marketplace.Read More
The Internet Radio Fairness Act: Revamping the Online Radio MarketplaceNovember 2, 2012 Limitations & Exceptions , Music , Music Licensing , radio royalties
Royalties for online radio and other digital music services are a prominent topic for today’s recorded music industry, and the discussion has only grown with the recent introduction of the Internet Radio Fairness Act in the House and Senate. IRFA aims to revamp the parts of the Copyright Act that create licenses for online radio services to pay for transmitting sound recordings to their users. More specifically, IRFA would change the standard by which online radio royalty rates are set, alter the qualifications and appointment procedures for the Copyright Royalty Judges, and make several more changes to the process of setting online radio royalties.Read More
The First Amendment is not a Buzzword: The Silversun Pickups and the Romney CampaignAugust 16, 2012 Fair Use , Music , Music Licensing
Yet again, a band is objecting to the use of its music by a political campaign it doesn’t like. The Silversun Pickups, upon learning that their song “Panic Switch” was used at a Romney campaign event, sent a cease-and-desist letter to the campaign, claiming that the use infringed the band’s copyrights and trademarks.