Copyright in the digital age

We live in an age where anybody with a decent laptop is able to create their own music. This caused a rise not only in the independant and amature production of music, but also the rise in mashups and remixes. For those of you not familiar with the terms “mashup” and “remix”: “mashup” is used…

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Copyright infringment in music law

Copyright infringement is probably the most common type of dispute in music law today. This is mainly because when it comes to copyright in music the line between fair and unfair use is often blurred. A good example of when the line boundary not clear can be seen in the copyright dispute between Facebook and…

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The music industry and online videos

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year, you should be familiar with the hit South Korean pop  song “Gangnam Style” by Park Jae-sang (better known by his stage name Psy). Gangnam Style reached international success late last year, when it became the first South Korean pop song to top the…

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International Intellectual Property

This past Wednesday, on the 22nd of May, the commission of theft of American intellectual property reported that the Chinese government’s policies causes the United States to lose upwards of 200 billion US dollars annually from the theft of intellectual property. The report also mentions India, Venezuela, and Russia as the other major nations causing…

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Music and DRM

  Digital Rights Management (popularly known simply as DRM) has many different meanings. Broadly speaking, it is considered as a way to protect the intellectual property after sale. The question of the need of DRM is controversial and attracts a wide range of opinions. Some people assert that it is a necessary a tool in…

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Criminal Sanctions in IP law

  The Queen’s Speech on the 8th of May 2013 made it clear that the government of the day intends to introduce bills which will “make it easier for businesses to protect their intellectual property”. This will include the introduction of bills which will create criminal sanctions for those who have infringed copyright by stealing…

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The #Willpower needed to follow copyright

William Adams, a popular American pop singer known better by his stage name Will.i.am, has recently released his new album #willpower. Naturally, an album by one of the music industries biggest stars is going to receive a lot of media attention. This time however, not all of the attention is likely to be warranted.  …

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Beyonce

After her recent success at the Superbowl, Beyonce has now released her new song from her fifth solo album. Its called  “Bow Down / I Been on” and it is said to be a lot different from her usual style. It was produced by Hit-boy known to usually work with artist such as Kayne West and Jay-Z.…

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