Intellectual Property

Dazed & Confused: Led Zeppelin copyright lawsuit

Posted on
Led Zeppelin copyright

The recent Led Zeppelin copyright lawsuit relates to one of rock music’s classic songs and is making news around the world. Last week a judge in Los Angeles ruled that a jury should decided whether the opening chords of ‘Stairway to Heaven‘ were stolen from another song. ‘Taurus’ by Spirit Rival folk-rock band, Spirit, first brought the copyright infringement […]

Intellectual Property

Copyright reversion rights: A contractual perspective

Posted on
copyright reversion rights

Copyright reversion rights (also known as copyright termination rights) are, and will be continue to be, an important intellectual property and media law issue in the entertainment industry for the foreseeable future. My previous article examined in detail the raft of recent copyright termination cases being brought by recording artists. Thee are also important contract law […]

Intellectual Property

Copyright termination rights: recording artists in America fight

Posted on
Copyright termination rights

This article about copyright termination rights originally appeared on Intellect – the MinterEllison technology, communications and IP blog in 2011. You can read all of their articles here and I recommend you subscribe. It’s the hot sticky summer of 1978 in New Jersey. Standing on the boardwalk is a young, hungry 20-something guitar hero, singing his songs about love and […]

Contract Law

Van Halen, M&Ms and why you must read a services contract

Posted on
services contract

Van Halen and services contracts…really? What does the rock band Van Halen and M&Ms have to do with the need to carefully read a standard form services contract? Let me tell you a story…It starts with the well known extravagant backstage demands of modern pop stars. As you may know, their agents and lawyers painstakingly […]