On October 11, 2018, the Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA), AKA the Musical Works Modernization Act, became law.   A person may by complying with the provisions of this section obtain a compulsory license to make and distribute phonorecords of a nondramatic musical work, including by means of digital phonorecord delivery.

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that retransmission of copyrighted works over the Internet are not eligible for compulsory licenses under 17 U.S.C. Section 111, which are available to “cable systems.”  Compulsory licenses generally equate to less economic return for copyright owners, so organizations such as Fox,…

Tyrone Simmons (aka Young Caliber) sued, inter alia, producer William C. Stanberry Jr. (aka Apex) and rapper Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) for using a beat that Simmons claims to have exclusively licensed from Apex in February 2006.  The beat was allegedly used in the production of Fitty’s “I Get Money” in 2007. Simmons filed…

Adobe sued defendant for selling online unauthorized copies of versions of photoshop.  Adobe generally had a slam dunk case for infringement, and–apparently before discovery was closed, or at least before it had produced any relevant copies of its software licenses–it moved for summary judgment of copyright infringement.  In response, the defendant asserted the first sale…

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