In the United States, a copyright owner does not freely negotiate license rates and fees. Instead license rates and fees are set by Congress, the Copyright Office, and collective licensing organizations (CROs) that handle licensing on behalf of copyright owners. CROs track and protect six different exclusive rights. The table below summarizes the those rights. […]
I hate to break it to you, but you are probably a copyright infringer. Yes, that’s right, an infringer of copyright. But don’t worry, you are not alone. Thanks to the boom of peer-to-peer file sharing networks such as Napster, Limewire, Turbowire, and the like, and to technological advances such as portable Bluetooth and cellular […]
On March 14, 2014, U.S District Judge Denise Cote ordered Pandora Media, Inc. (“Pandora”)- the Internet’s most popular streaming radio service – to pay 1.85% of its gross revenue to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”) for the right to stream songs held in ASCAP’s repertory. ASCAP is the world’s second-largest performing […]
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