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There has been a long-term debate over whether sound recordings can be copyright works made for hire. Sound recordings don’t appear in the list of works for hire set out in §101 of the Copyright Act of 1976, though record labels argue recordings can be deemed so as a “compilation” or a “contribution to a collective work,” per §101. Twenty years ago, Congress moved to formally designate sound recordings as works for hire via the Intellectual Property and Communications Omnibus Reform Act of 1999 (IPCORA) — though artists were able to convince Congress to repeal the legislation.
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By Stan Soocher
The U.S. Copyright Act states that a civil copyright action must be filed within three years of its accrual. How this applies to copyright infringement and to copyright ownership claims, including in the same case, isn’t always clear. But two recent federal appeals courts decisions have provided guidance on the differences in accrual for each of these copyright claims.
By Dylan Jackson
As millions of Americans turned to television and movies for diversion and comfort amid the coronavirus pandemic and resulting business shutdowns, the companies that create that content were left scratching their heads about how to resume business safely when they are allowed. Davis Wright Tremaine launched a new group in hopes of providing the answers.
By Jenna Greene
Latham & Watkins partners Michele Johnson and Jamie Wine turned the tide for the U.S. Soccer Federation in a high-profile — and highly sensitive — wage discrimination lawsuit by the U.S. Senior Women’s National Team. In this Q&A, Johnson and Wine discuss their perspective on the case
By Sidney S. Fohrman and Ariel D. Shpigel
After over a year-and-a-half of lobbying efforts by the music industry and negotiations with lawmakers, it was recently announced that AB5 would be amended to accommodate musicians’ unique niche in the California economy.