Copyright protects the tangible expression of an idea. In the context of music, there is a life cycle that involves many different individuals and businesses, from the lyricist and composer to the vocalist, recording studios and production studios. Accordingly, there are many different types of copyright registrations that may be owned by these different interests. In the licensing context, performing rights organizations manage the use of recorded music in restaurants, bars, elevators, and other physical locations.
The Music Modernization Act of 2018 has been introduced to update the licensing system, particularly the statutorily prescribed rates and fees in the online world. In the litigation context, the situation is fractured, with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, 2-1, on March 21, 2018, affirming the district court’s decision that the song Blurred Lines by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke infringed Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up. In this case, the issues involved the 1909 Act and the extent of the sheet music copyright, access to Marvin Gaye’s music, and how similarities between the music should be assessed. The Ninth is reviewing the jury’s decision against Spirit in its lawsuit against Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. Other cases involve Taylor Swift and the protection of short phrases. Join attorney Amy B. Goldsmith as she delves into the complex world of music copyrights.
Successful, profitable businesses share certain characteristics: immediately recognizable brands, desirable products or services, and a strategic plan which minimizes legal risks. As co-chair of the Intellectual Property Group at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, Amy B. Goldsmith partners with clients to provide practical legal advice and connections to grow their businesses. A strategic advisor, she guides clients in all stages of their development from idea conception and protection, to funding, manufacturing and enforcement. Copyrights and patents are an important part of a company’s strategy, and understanding when protection is likely (or not) to be granted is critical in the design process.
Complex subject instructor made it clear
One of the best ever explanations of music copyrights!
Well presented & very interesting subject matter.
This was an interesting lecture. It was just out of my practice area, but I enjoyed it.
A clear and comprehensive look at a complicated area of copyright..
I really enjoyed the current case law and explanation on issues involved in similar sounding songs. Very informative and helpful.
I would recommend only to an attorney in the music business.
very detailed by an obviously knowledgeable lawyer.
This was a really interesting presentation!
nice to have some current jurisprudence
Excellent, thoughtful, thank you
Very interesting area of law.
Very informative up to date presentation
very good course
This course was so interesting. Thanks for offering it.
Fantastic and highly informative!
Super presentation. Thank you.
very informative. enjoyed learning about an area of law I have little experience in.
I really enjoyed listening to the speaker. This is not my normal substantive area of law, but I am an avid music listener and appreciated knowing this information presented in an interesting and informative format.
Speaker really knows her subject and taught it well
good update on VERY recent holdings
Ms. Goldsmith is always very good.