Music Modernization Act: A Guide for Copyright Owners

This is the third in a series of articles about the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”). Click here for the first and second. In this post, we highlight the benefits of the MMA for all parties involved in creating a musical work or sound recording. Although the MMA centralizes information and royalties with the Music Licensing […]

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Music Modernization Act: A Guide for Digital Music Providers

This is the second in a series of articles about the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”). Click here for the first and third. Here, we examine the protocol for prospective blanket licensees and individual voluntary licensees. Although radio stations and cable operations have dealt with similar licensing schemes for years, the MMA will significantly alter the […]

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Music Modernization Act: An Introduction and Glossary

This is the first in a series of articles about the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”). Click here for the second and third. In October 2018, the Music Modernization Act took effect, paving the way for changes in how copyright holders are compensated for their work by streaming services and others who make copies of their […]

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Booking.com: The Supreme Court Considers Whether “Generic.com” Domain Names Are Entitled to Federal Trademark Protection

On May 4, 2020, for the first time in history, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments through a telephone conference call in United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com B.V. The Court considered whether the online hotel reservation company, Booking.com, is entitled to federal trademark registration for its company name or whether simply adding […]

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Internet Archive’s Open Library and Copyright Law

With libraries at K-12 schools, universities and local communities closed, the Internet Archive provides an increasingly valuable resource for educators and distance learning. Before diving into this vast wealth of content, however, some caution regarding the copyright issues the Archive raises is warranted. The Internet Archive will soon be 25 years old, but it remains […]

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