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April 6, 2005
A Common Law Expansion of Copyright?
Kevin Heller on Capitol Records v. Naxos of America, the New York ruling that has everyone worried about yet another expansion of copyright: "[The decision finds] that common law in New York 'protects ownership interests in sound recordings made before 1972 that are not covered by the federal copyright act.' ...If memory serves, this case would affect the outcome of the Grey Album scenario were that case litigated."
Ernie Miller, responding to the Court's assertion that the case "will have significant ramifications for the music recording industry, as well as these litigants": "Just the music industry? How about significant ramifications for the public? Seems like the Court forgot why it is called the public domain."
Via Copyfight readers, AP coverage and an infinitely more detailed New York Law Journal article.
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