Music Modernization Act: A Bill to Help Songwriters Pay Their Bills?

In the past twenty years, the state of the music industry has changed dramatically. Between 1998 and 2014, the industry was in crisis. Total revenue from U.S. music sales and licensing dropped from $15 billion to $7 billion. CD sales were on the decline, pirating was on the rise, and even when consumers purchased their music legally, they tended towards buying .99 cent singles rather than full albums. Since 2014, streaming has taken.. Read More

Spotify’s IPO!

Spotify (SPOT), the music streaming service, is expected to begin trading on April 3. This IPO is one to watch by all fans of music, technology, and finance.   What is Spotify?   Spotify is a music, podcast and video streaming service from Stockholm, Sweden. It came to the United States in 2010 and has been booming ever since.  Spotify has about 159 million monthly active users and 71 million subscribers for its.. Read More

Self-Driving Cars: Negligence, Product Liability, and Warranties

Nearly 1.3 million people die in car accidents each year, amounting to an average of roughly 3,287 deaths a day. Hopefully, with the advent of self-driving cars, that number will begin to drop precipitously. Unlike human beings, the technology behind these autonomous vehicles yields the safest results in every thought out scenario, by using complex algorithms. People can drive drunk, get distracted by text messages, or lack the reflexes to brake in time;.. Read More

Has AI Killed the Copyright Star?

For over 300 years, copyright law has been central to innovation and design, protecting artists, innovators, and creators. Rapid technological development over the past few decades has necessitated new interpretations and applications of the law in order to maintain this function. Although complex in application, the copyright framework has managed to integrate these new technologies. Fast-developing Artificial Intelligence (AI), however, poses a challenge to the protective dimension of copyright law.   The digitally-driven.. Read More

Inclusion Riders: What Are They? And Can They Fix Hollywood’s Diversity Problem?

With the rise of the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up initiative, Hollywood is beginning to truly reflect on the problems within the entertainment community.  Diversity, or the lack thereof, has been a long running issue in Hollywood and is finding itself in the spotlight once more. In her acceptance speech for the Best Actress Award at the Oscars, Frances McDormand puzzled the audience when she left them with the words “inclusion rider”,.. Read More

Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l and it’s potential implications in IP law

Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l is a Supreme Court case decided this term that played its part in continuing to reshape IP law in 2017. In the decision, the Supreme Court considered two questions. First, whether a “conditional sale” that transfers title to the patented item while specifying post-sale restrictions on the article’s use or resale avoids application of the patent exhaustion doctrine and therefore permits the enforcement of such post-sale restrictions through.. Read More

How Should Spotify Compensate Songwriters?

How Should Spotify Compensate Songwriters?   In July 2017, Spotify was sued by songwriter Robert Gaudio and Bluewater Music Services Corporation, a music publisher responsible for ensuring songwriters receive payments when their compositions are used commercially. Gaudio and Bluewater alleged that Spotify committed willful copyright infringement by streaming their songs without acquiring mechanical licenses and paying royalties to the songwriters. Recorded songs involve two separate sets of copyrights: song composition rights owned by.. Read More

ResearchGate and Copyright Violations

Authors and publishers have different goals when it comes to the availability of their work, which can result in conflict that manifests itself in copyright issues. Specifically, when it comes to research, researchers want to share their discoveries; it is a great accomplishment to be published and to have one’s work viewed and sited by a greater number of people. However, publishers’ goals are more solely based on making money, so they often.. Read More

New York City’s Bizarre Law Against Dancing

Until very recently, New York City’s “Cabaret Law” hung like a black cloud over the music and dance scene in one of the world’s most famously cultured cities. Though the law has been scarcely enforced since the early 1920s, it remained on the books until a group called the Dance Liberation Network petitioned successfully to have the law repealed on November 2nd, 2017. The law required that any “public dance hall” or “cabaret”.. Read More

Standing in Patent Infringement Suits and the “All Substantial Rights” Doctrine

On Thursday, November 16 at New York University School of Law, patent lawyers and students gathered for the Patent Law Reading Group Alumni Night hoping to gain some insight on who has standing to bring a suit for patent infringement. NYU alum and patent lawyer at Goodwin Christopher Morten (’15) gave a presentation on his research decoding the federal circuit’s “All Substantial Rights” doctrine and, in his opinion, which factors are truly dispositive.. Read More