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Ed Sheeran’s Win Shows Building Blocks of Music Cannot be Copyrighted

Musical artists have always had to deal with questions of copyright. In recent years, however, many have felt a shiver up their spine from copyright issues that deal with the basic building blocks of music. That encompasses fundamentals like chord progressions, rhythmic profile, and “feel.”  The case that stirred things up was the estate of Marvin Gaye winning an infringement case against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for “Blurred Lines.” It caused many artists to […]

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How Long Does Copyright Protection Last?

Copyright  registrations provide powerful legal protection. However, a registration does not last forever.  The duration of a copyright registration depends on a number of factors. If you have questions about a specific work, the best course of action is to consult with an intellectual property attorney.  Unpublished vs. Published The first question an intellectual property attorney will ask is whether the work is published or unpublished.  In an era rampant with personal blogging and self-publishing, […]

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