Parties ping pong control of Congress; both fail on copyright matters

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American angst is in the news these days, with much of the country divided as though the federal government is a football team with partisan fans on each side of both major parties. The US Constitution is also in the news these days, and spend some time on Twitter, you’ll soon see constitutional scholars multiplying like rabbits. Despite all the furor, fact is both major parties have for a very long time ignored the duty of Congress regarding copyrights spelled out in the Constitution. Continue reading “Parties ping pong control of Congress; both fail on copyright matters”

Did court get decision right in Katy Perry copyright suit for ‘Dark Horse’?

Sometimes I have to reach deep inside my conscience to be fair. Right up front I’ll say I don’t care for Katy Perry’s music. Any of it. Perry just lost a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement for her song “Dark Horse.” I looked over her song and the song she allegedly ripped off. I think the court got the whole deal wrong. Continue reading “Did court get decision right in Katy Perry copyright suit for ‘Dark Horse’?”

Popular beach bar in Jax isn’t alone in facing music licensing suit

Surfer the Bar in Jacksonville Beach (FL) isn’t the first bar to allegedly run afoul of music licensing regulations. ASCAP [American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers] is suing the bar on behalf of a number of groups for copyright infringement. Does this matter, in the scheme of things, for a bar that stands on hallowed ground in these parts—the former location of Freebird? Surfer the Bar isn’t the only venue to deal with copyright infringement issues. Continue reading “Popular beach bar in Jax isn’t alone in facing music licensing suit”