“It’s a great day for music.”
It’s unquestionably one of the most famous and iconic rock songs of all time. And it comes with a question: Who wrote it?
“The playas gon play.”
We're fairly confident in our guess that virtually all of our readers know Bob Dylan for his music. After all, Dylan is a global icon and legendary singer/songwriter who has been crafting memorable tunes for close to 60 years.
Until late last week, it worked as follows. California individuals whose artwork was resold at an auction or to a private party by a gallery were entitled to 5% of the purchase price as a form of copyright protection. That was the stipulation at the center of the California Resale Royalties Act, the only such law of its kind ever passed in the United States.
Let’s Get It On.
Do musicians benefit from trademark protection?
Bethesda, a well-known video game company, is suing Warner Brothers and Behavior Interactive over a new Westworld mobile game. The company alleges copyright infringement, misappropriation of intellectual property and breach of contract.
Creative people in myriad endeavors -- ranging broadly from business and art to literary expression and musical composition – are properly concerned with protecting their intellectual property.
Congress has been busy. The legal team for music streaming company Spotify has been hard at work. Ditto for a federal judge overseeing a sprawling and big-bucks class action lawsuit involving musical royalties.