Sunday, March 22, 2015

link--The Blurred Lines verdict, the distinction between copyright in a song and a recording--Marc Ostrow

http://www.lexology.com/library/document.ashx?g=3a083921-4c48-4181-a0fc-9e2d857ab42b

Short version, a copyright in a composition from the mid-20th century might consist of little more than a chart with chords, a basic melodic line, and maybe a few lyrics.  Rendering a verdict based on a set of compositional readings isn't the same as dealing with a sound recording. 

So there may, at least someone may suggest, be an option for an appeal in the recent "Blurred Lines" verdict. Many a songwriter from the 1960s and 1970s wouldn't even own the copyright to the recordings that the studio distributed, but to the compositions themselves.  Which gets back to charts.  Pop music musical documentation isn't of the kind that will eventually end up on IMSLP, after all ...

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