Copyright Law

N.Y. Court of Appeals Determines Common Law Rights in Sound Recordings

, New York Law Journal


Copyright Law columnists Robert J. Bernstein and Robert W. Clarida write: The treasure trove of pre-1972 hits has spawned a multitude of civil actions, appeals to the Second, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, certifications to the highest courts of New York and Florida, and a complex class action settlement agreement with multiple contingencies depending primarily on whether the pending actions ultimately recognize a public performance right.

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