Copyright & Media Update 10/6/17

What Does “Tangible” Mean in Copyright?

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: In the Copyright Act of 1976 Chapter 1 Section 102(a) (the first section after the definitions) the law says: “Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression…” READ MORE…

How To Get Your Copyrights Back From Your Label or Publisher

BY ARI HERSTAND: There’s a little-known section of the US Copyright Act of 1976 enabling any copyright owner to get their rights back after 35 years. Meaning, if you wrote or released a song with a label or a publishing company after January 1st, 1978, you can terminate your agreement and get all your rights back. It doesn’t matter if you have unrecouped royalties or not. You can cut ties, free and clear, and get everything back. READ MORE…

The World Has Adopted the Three-Step Test. Now it’s Time for NAFTA Negotiators to Do the Same

BY KEITH KUPFERSHMID: As the third round of negotiations over a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) take place in Ottawa, Canada this week, negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico will begin to consider the copyright provisions of NAFTA. Much of the discussion has focused on a provision that sets forth what test these countries should use to determine the scope of exceptions and limitations in their copyright laws. For decades, the test that has been used not only by the United States in all its free trade agreements (FTAs) but by every other country, is what is commonly referred to as the “three-step test.” READ MORE…

How to Get Music Licensed On Music Libraries – 4 Steps To Get Started

BY JOHN FINGAS: As the industry struggles with payment levels from YouTube and once reliable income from touring feels about to experience a tragedy driven downturn, one source of income is often overlooked: licensing to music libraries. READ MORE…

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