Here’s a recap of my article’s this month:
- Are You Sure You Own Your Masters?
- Key Clauses in Management Agreements Part 3: Sunset Commissions
- Key Clauses in Management Agreements Part 4: Key Man Clauses
The most talked-about topic in the music legal world this month was certainly the copyright infringement case where band Spirit is sued Led Zeppelin over allegations that “Stairway to Heaven” infringed on Spirit’s song “Taurus.” The good news is that Led Zeppelin Wins ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Jury Trial!
Here’s a recap of the week’s trial coverage:
What was also exciting is the recent push by artists to urge online content providers like YouTube to #valuemusic. This call to action also involves the request to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which allows safe harbor provisions for YouTube and other online content providers.
In other news, those on the other side of the spectrum are filing lawsuits to force certain musical compositions into the public domain so that they don’t have to pay the license fees for them. This is one of a few lawsuits to follow the “Happy Birthday” case. This is certainly not a way to #valuemusic.