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The jury bought into the Gaye's attorney's arguments that they should consider a "constellation" of features when comparing the two songs. This legal standard will likely be challenged on appeal because it deviates greatly from previously established case law. Prior song copyright cases had used melody and lyrics as the two decisive factors, either one of ...


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In the begining of 19th century US law (copyright act of 1790) protected only American authors.(1) There were no international copyright agreements between the US and other countries, making it nearly impossible for a foreign author to protect his work in that country. One of the most victimized authors was Charles Dickens, whose novels were mercilessly ...


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Searching for songs titled "On Top of the World" on AllMusic gives 1000+ hits: https://www.allmusic.com/search/songs/%22On+Top+of+The+World%22 Searching for songs titled "Thunder" on AllMusic gives 1000+ hits: https://www.allmusic.com/search/songs/%22Thunder%22 Searching for songs titled "Birthday" on AllMusic gives nearly 500 ...


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No. The royalty rules are different based on the medium (live or recorded), but you never need an artist's permission to cover a song. In regards to live performance, specifically, the venue is responsible for obtaining a blanket license through a performance rights organization for all copyrighted songs that would be played in their venue. The artist doesn'...


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In most of the world, the default length of copyright is the life of the author plus either 50 or 70 years. Wikipedia article So, even though a particular recording is 'out of print' it doesn't mean that we can then reproduce the CD in question. Also, there are in essence there are two separate elements in the copyright of a 'recording', the recording ...


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It's true that Led Zeppelin were notorious music thieves (with "Lemon Song" being a particularly infamous example). Like many other British musicians of the time, they had an unpleasant tendency to treat black American music as if it was a freely available natural resource, available to be plundered, and only under the domain of copyright after some white ...


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His work Capable has the song Baila Mi Cumbia from the Youtube Audio Library Music (YALM). Translated from French, it says: You are free to use this track on anyone of your videos. Any artist using one of the YALM song is allowed to not quote youtube and therefore can have all the rights of the video. There are thousands of youtube videos released every ...


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Laws vary from country to country in details (e.g. number of years a copyright is valid, the ways it can eventually be prolonged, weather the author is till alive or not influences the permanence of the copyright, etc.), but the distinction between an original work and a derivative work is more or less common. In our case an original work would be a ...


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To answer the rest of the question. Recordings go "out of print" when the company that is printing the recording decides that sales do not justify printing any additional copies and the company's stockpile of prints have been exhausted. Typically, vinyl and CD recordings, like books, are produced in a "print run" where a large number of copies of the same ...


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Legally, band names are pretty much like... brand names (no pun intended). First of all a technicality, names are not copyrighted, they are trademarked and can also be registered. Legal details of course depend from country to country, but in general, like with any business, if you can show that you have been operating a business or selling a product using ...


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This is pretty anecdotal & I have no hard references for some of the examples, however... Usually the first one to get a recognisable hit can force or even just persuade any others to change their name. I'm not sure this is even done using lawyers, usually the other band just gives in after one letter from the record company. This one I just "know to ...


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This has to be coincidence. Both titles "This Love" and "Daylight" are very generic titles. There are probably dozens of songs with each of these titles.


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The song Letter Box by Up Above is part of Youtube Audio Library (YAL), so people are free to use it on any youtube content they want. Note that on this particular track, there is no obligation to credit the original artist. You can see thousands of youtube videos everyday with soundtracks from YAL (some of them from successful youtubers earning money) and ...


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There is nothing to stop people from uploading garbage to sites like YouTube or Soundcloud. There are whole channels of algorithmically generated content. The only quality control is the voting system. The only major problem here would be if he is stealing other people's copyright content. But that's something the copyright owners have to control themselves....


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When supportive artists are invited to work on an album they are featured on the record. It is more like a description of what happened rather than a status. The lead artist is the one responsible for the creation of the album or at least developed the inital idea/concept for the album. However artists can agree on different forms of attribution, like "...


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Manufacturers frequently change their catalogues according to consumer demand. Probably the yellow model did not sell enough to justify keeping it in the catalogue.


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The piece itself may be free, but the specific engraving used for the part may still be under copyright and licensed to (or owned by) a publishing company. More likely, someone had a public-domain score and uploaded it to IMSLP (or a similar site) but did not have the parts for that score, so the parts weren't uploaded as separate files—there may be public ...


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I am pretty sure this has nothing to do with the recording company as they handle all licensing for their artists song repertoire through a PRO. Usually you obtain what is known as a "use license" from a PRO (Performance rights organization) and you pay a fee to them which goes to the original artist for the rights to use their song. Each case is different ...


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The above means the copyright is held by EMI Blackwood Music and Dam Rich Music. The owner of copyright differs depending on the contract. The copyright holder is not always the same as the publisher.


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The answer is "without much success." They did, however, try a number of things, including premiering Pirates of Penzance in New York, rather than London, refusing to publish a full score of Iolanthe, and keeping Mikado entirely secret. None of these worked, and the American courts almost inevitably sided with the pirates. Their only real recourse was the ...


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If you’re a musician/publisher and have registered to be a member of PRS for Music (or perhaps another copyright society), you can search their musical works database. You can search for a specific track (if it’s covered by copyright) and the database will tell you who was Author, Composer/Author or Arranger.


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The roles are very often not clearly divided within the team, often the lyrics and the music are a collaborative effort. The producer would not usually get a songwriting credit unless they did contribute to either lyrics or music, although it's possible that the producer or other people in the team might insist on a credit, even if they didn't contribute to ...


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There are certain stylistic choices that can start out as personal idiosyncrasies, but become so widely imitated that they end up as genre markers. For modern pop/R&B, one of the most characteristic of these markers is "melisma," the singing of multiple pitches on a single syllable. Originating in the black gospel, church-influenced sound of soul ...


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This started with Yes, we have no bananas, which shares four notes at the same timing with the famous Hallelujah chorus. Even though no sane person would see the two songs as the same, they were able to convince the court, thus setting the legal precedent. The song actually stole quite a few phrases from different songs, but most of them didn't have any ...


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Recent RIAA activity Action based on May 2020 US Copyright Office report Hollywood and tech prep for another round of copyright wars RIAA and other music industry groups, including the Music Artists Coalition and the National Music Publishers Association, have outlined three key concessions they want from tech platforms they say would address issues ...


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Common words and phrases --as well as less common ones that are particularly poetic, clever or evocative --frequently repeat as song names, typically because the songwriters came up with the same title independently. There's a lot of songs in the world, and song titles are as responsive to trends as any other feature of pop-culture, so this is really not ...


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Take a look at Hold On - Wikipedia. It lists 17 albums and literally hundreds of songs with the title "Hold On". And no, they aren't simply hundreds of covers of the same song. Here are just the few songs that have their own individual Wikipedia page: "Hold On" (folk song) also known as "Gospel Plow", traditional American folk ...


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According to the portion of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_sheet that cites "Krasilovsky, M. William; Shemel, Sidney; Gross, John M.; Feinstein, Jonathan (2007), This Business of Music (10th ed.), Billboard Books, ISBN 0-8230-7729-2": Together, the melody, lyrics and harmony define what a song is. In the music industry and entertainment law, a lead ...


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