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First Circuit Defines ‘Featured Artist’ for Purpose of Right to Sound-Recording Royalties from Digital Transmissions

To the public, a band typically is defined as its performing members, not a business entity that may control the music group. But when it comes to royalty rights, are the performers or the business entity entitled to “featured artist” statutory royalties from digital transmissions of the band’s sound recordings?

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To the public, a band typically is defined as its performing members, not a business entity that may control the music group. But when it comes to royalty rights, are the performers or the business entity entitled to “featured artist” statutory royalties from digital transmissions of the band’s sound recordings?

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