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Copyright in Music

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is musical copyrights.


Six Superlative Sources

· Understanding Copyright Law, 3rd Ed. Marshall Leaffer. Matthew Bender and Co., 1999.

· Selected Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition Statutes, Regulations and Treaties. Roger E. Schechter (ed.). West Publishing Co., 1997.

· Copyright's Highway: The Law and Lore of Copyright from Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox. Paul Goldstein. Hill and Wang, 1994.

· Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright. Mark Rose. Harvard University Press, 1993.

· All You Need to Know about the Music Business. Donald S. Passman. Simon and Shuster, 1997.

· The Copyright Handbook: How to Protect and Use Written Works, 5th Ed. Stephen Fishman. Nolo Press, 2000.

Other Excellent Sources

· Shamans, Software and Spleens: Law and the Construction of the Information Society. James Boyle. Harvard University Press, 1996.

· Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. Lawrence Lessig. Basic Books, 1999.


· The United States Patents Quarterly (USPQ).

· Bureau of National Affairs. Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal.

· Nimmer on Copyright: A Treatise on the Law of Literary, Musical and Artistic Property, and the Protection of Ideas. Melville Nimmer and David Nimmer. Matthew Bender, 1991- (multi-volume service updated periodically).

· Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA. A specialized copyright law review.

· Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure: The Report of the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights. U.S. Information Infrastructure Task Force, Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights, 1995.

· Berkeley Technology Law Journal. A list of intellectual property resources published as part of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal at the Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley.

· The Electronic Frontier Foundation. Founded in 1990 by John Perry Barlow and Mitchell Kapor in order to "uphold rights to digital free expression from political, legal and technical threats."

·'s Law Crawler search engine.

· Franklin Pierce Law Center's Intellectual Property Mall, a global directory of international resources.

· The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) maintains and provides a database of laws, regulations, and other complementary legal sources.

· The Berkman Center for Internet and Society. This site is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. The Center is a network of teaching and research faculty from Harvard Law School and elsewhere, as well as students, fellows, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace.

· The Association of American Publishers.

· Intellectual Property in Cyberspace. The most comprehensive site on intellectual property in cyberspace. Maintained by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

· Intellectual Property Issues. An excellent source for intellectual property issues compiled by members of the music group, Negativland.

· Jurist. Legal news and research publication from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

· Law Reviews. A comprehensive listing of law reviews and law journals from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

· The best starting point for every type of online legal research.

· Musical Borrowing Bibliography. A comprehensive list of musical borrowings compiled at the Indiana University School of Music website.

· NAPSTER. The homepage of Napster, the online service which has allowed people to locate and download music in MP3 format from one central interface. Napster is presently being sued by the RIAA in what will be one of the most important law cases involving intellectual property and the internet.

· Wired Magazine. The homepage of Wired Magazine. The best source of current technology and digital news regarding intellectual property and music.

· Pamela Samuelson Recommendations. Law scholar Pamela Samuelson's recommended list of sites and articles pertaining to intellectual property.

· The United States Patent and Trademark Office.

· The United States Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.

· Signal or Noise: The Future of Music on the Net. The website for a conference hosted by the Harvard University Law School and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

· Public Enemy Homepage. The homepage of rap group Public Enemy. Public Enemy's leader, Chuck D, is a leader and innovator in issues of online music, intellectual property issues involving the digital transmission of music, and the music industry.

· SUL: Copyright and Fair Use. The homepage of Stanford University Law School's site on copyright and fair use.

· The Intellectual Property News Matrix. An excellent listing of current news from numerous sources about intellectual property, divided into categories of intellectual property, copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret.

· The Online Publication A listing of intellectual property websites.

· Intellectual Property Today. An online journal.

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