Copyright & Media Update 4/13/18

LeBron James’ Grievance With Alabama Pushes Limits Of Copyright Law

BY THOMAS BAKER: In a one-on-one game on a basketball court, LeBron James would easily defeat Alabama football coach Nick Saban: James is one of the best players in the NBA, and he towers over Saban by more than a foot. But James will have a difficult time in a court of law if he decides to pursue a copyright grievance against the football coach and Alabama. READ MORE…

Music Modernization Act Approved by House Judiciary Committee; Steven Tyler, Execs Weigh In

BY VARIETY STAFF: The United States House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously today (32-0) to approve the Music Modernization Act. The act combines key provisions of what were four separate legislative initiatives into a single bill that will update how music rates are set and how songwriters and artists are paid. The bill now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives. READ MORE…

Music Publishers Win Major Copyright Fight Over Streaming of Legendary Rock Concerts

BY ERIQ GARDNER: A federal judge concludes that Wolfgang’s Vault lacked requisite license to stream hundreds of iconic songs. The Wall Street Journal once called Wolfgang’s Vault, a collection of thousands of live concert performances, “the most important collection of rock memorabilia and recordings ever assembled.” READ MORE…

How to Get Copyright Permission?

BY COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: If you want to use someone’s copyrighted work, you usually need to get permission first. There are certain exceptions, like when the use would be considered to be a fair use under the law, covered by a statutory license, or in the public domain. But since the question focuses on how to get permission, (with the exception of works in the public domain by virtue of expiration of copyright term, which is discussed briefly below) we’ll generally assume the user has already undertaken that analysis and determined that permission to the use the work is necessary. READ MORE…

Copyright and Emoji

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: Emojis have become an integral part of the way we communicate online. With the current emoji standard (11.0) playing host to some 1,644 characters (many with multiple variations), you can find almost anything from the standard person rolling on the floor crying to the image of a suspension railway. READ MORE…

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