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The Guy Who Wrote One Of The Most Famous Songs Of All Time Says US Copyright Law Cheated Him Of Millions

The Guy Who Wrote One Of The Most Famous Songs Of All Time Says US Copyright Law Cheated Him Of Millions | Copyright Law | Scoop.it

The classic Motown song "Money (That's What I Want)" has generated millions of dollars in royalties since it was first recorded in 1959.

It's appeared in countless movies, and been covered by John Lennon, Iggy Pop and Waylon Jennings among many others.

But a quirk of American copyright law may have cheated songwriter Barrett Strong out of most of it, The New York Times' Larry Rohter reports.

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Examples how copyright laws have many loopholes to tighten, and how wording, phrasing or things not said can have an impact on what is technically okay and not okay

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The Internet and Musical Copyright Law

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This paper outlines copyright law in the music industry and it's roles in performance, recording, distribution and the internet.

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The Copyright Act and the Future Music Industry | Musician Coaching

The Copyright Act and the Future Music Industry | Musician Coaching | Copyright Law | Scoop.it
Entertainment attorney Barry Heyman shares a recent article he wrote about upcoming changes in the Copyright Act and what these changes mean for the music industry.
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This article explains how the new changes to copyright laws in 2013 will affect the recording ownerships and relationships between  the author (the artist) and the actual recordings.

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Finland Writes History With Crowdsourced Copyright Law | TorrentFreak

Finland Writes History With Crowdsourced Copyright Law | TorrentFreak | Copyright Law | Scoop.it

Finland is the first country in the world in which Parliament will vote on a “fairer” copyright law that has been crowdsourced by the public. The proposal, which obtained the required 50,000 Finnish votes just a day before the deadline, seeks to decriminalize file-sharing and legalize the copying of items that people already own.

 

Since last year the Finnish public has had the option of suggesting the kind of laws they want to be governed under.

 

A recent modification of the national Constitution allows citizens to make legislative proposals for Parliament to vote on, providing they get 50,000 supporters within six months.

 

One of the submitted proposals, which calls for a fairer copyright law, just reached its goal one day before the voting deadline. This makes Finland the first country in the world in which legislators will vote on a copyright law that was drafted by citizens.

 

Termed “The Common Sense in Copyright Act,” the proposal wants to reduce penalties for copyright infringement, increase fair use, ban unfair clauses in recording contracts, and ease the ability for people to make copies of items they already own for backup and time-shifting purposes.

 

The decriminalization of file-sharing will also put a stop to house searches and online surveillance of suspected copyright infringers, not uncommon events in Finland.

 

Last year a house search resulted in international outrage when it was revealed that a police unit raided a 9-year-old girl and confiscated her Winnie the Pooh laptop after an allegation of sharing.

 

Now that the goal of 50,000 votes has been reached the copyright law proposal will be put to the vote in the Finnish Parliament. This is likely to take place early next year.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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First time leaders crowdsource to help determine copyright law

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Copyright Basics for Musicians - Music Copyright Law

Entertainment Law - Copyright Basics for Musicians: This column provides an overview of essential copyright issues that every musician should know - For a new song or other work, copyright begins at the moment of fixation -- when the music and...
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The basics and all musicians need to know about copyright law (general).

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