Posts Tagged: music


In the Era of Spotify and Pandora Where Do ASCAP and BMI Fit?

In traditional music recording, artists have had to choose to license their music through major music industry organizations like ASCAP and BMI. In the age of streaming …
By Derek Handova
3 years ago 2

My Top 25 Songs of All Time

I took Gene’s request to heart and really tried to capture my top 25 songs. To be honest, however, I had a very difficult time narrowing the …
By Russell Slifer
3 years ago 8

The Impact of Drake’s Fair Use Copyright Victory on Music Copyright Infringement

A few weeks ago, a New York federal judge ruled that Hip-Hop Artist Drake was protected by copyright’s fair use doctrine when he sampled a spoken-word …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
3 years ago 4

Spotify reaches $43.5M settlement over class action suit on unpaid royalties for copyrighted songs

The $43.5 million from the recent Spotify settlement will reportedly go towards a separate fund to compensate publishers and songwriters. Such payments made by Spotify and other streaming …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

How New Musicians Can Protect Their Music’s Intellectual Property

It’s not just businesses and corporate environments that need intellectual property protection - artists of all kinds must protect their work too. Specifically, musicians have a …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
3 years ago 3

Producers of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ win dismissal of copyright suit over ‘Soft Kitty’ lyrics

The original lawsuit filed in December 2015 targeted The Big Bang Theory’s use of the song Soft Kitty, a song which the character Sheldon Cooper asks people …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 5

Paul McCartney fights Sony/ATV over copyright termination notices to reclaim Beatles copyrights

In the official complaint filed by McCartney, the British rock legend is seeking to reclaim ownership of the Beatles copyrights under provisions of the Copyright Act, as …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Owners of Prince’s copyrights sue Roc Nation, owned by Jay Z

Entities owning the copyrights to music created by the late pop star Prince had filed suit against Roc Nation, the entertainment company owned by rapper Jay Z, …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Judge allows copyright case on ‘We Shall Overcome’ to move forward, song may be in public domain

On Monday, November 21st, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.) issued a decision allowing …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Recent study on lost copyright royalties may reopen WTO case on Section 110 exemptions in U.S.

A recent report from French consulting firm PMP Conseil made waves in the media for indicating that public performance exemptions in U.S. copyright law, such as …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

The Top 25 Best Songs of All Time

The premise is simple. Turn on the radio this weekend and many, if not most, radio stations will be counting down the top songs of all time …
By Bruce Kisliuk
4 years ago 9

Questions linger on Twitter’s plans to incorporate SoundCloud after $70 million investment

The recent Twitter investment has much to do with the SoundCloud Go premium subscription service launched in late March of this year. The premium service, which costs $9.99 …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 1

Music lover, history buff, Mr. Fix-it – Getting to Know Bruce Kisliuk

QUINN: ''I always refer to myself as a geek or a nerd. Do you wear that too as a badge of honor?'' KISLIUK: ''Oh, absolutely. When …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 0

Spotify, Pandora land top spots in growing online music streaming sector

A report issued in March of this year found that a full 45 percent of the 119 million people listening to online radio services were tuning into Pandora’s …
By Steve Brachmann
5 years ago 0

‘Happy Birthday To You’ Now In the Public Domain (Sort of)

For as long as I can remember, whenever we celebrated a birthday, we inevitably would gather around the birthday boy or girl and sing “Happy Birthday To …