Tag: entertainment law

Janie’s Got a Lawsuit?

By Stephen Woods

Steven Tyler, front man for Aerosmith, the rock group he started in 1971 and has since guided to huge success, may sue his bandmates if they try to replace him. Tyler is currently in a rehab facility for a painkiller and drug addiction and may be unable to perform for almost two years because of other medical problems, including the possible need for surgery on his leg and foot.

Not surprisingly, several gossip sites have framed the story as a dramatic feud between diva rock star and heartless rock band.  In doing so, they’ve largely ignored the legal issues raised when business relationships turn sour. Lawsuits stemming from these sorts of disputes are a regular feature of the music industry. Just see here, here, and here.



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Free Sampling: Copyright Law’s Rigid Regime Won’t Work

By Rachel DeLetto

Rachel DeLetto, New York Law School class of 2009, won first place in the 2009 ASCAP Nathan Burkan Scholarship Competition for this article.  We congratulate Rachel on her win.

The article first appeared in the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art and Sports Journal.

The first time I heard about Girl Talk all I knew were the facts: A Pittsburgh DJ with a cult following had just released for sale online a new album that contained songs he had composed on his laptop by digitally blending hundreds of unlicensed samples of contemporary Top 40 hits. Since courts have consistently seen sampling of sound recordings as ripping off the creative product of others, an act that is not looked upon favorably in the world of copyright law, my initial legal assessment was that this guy was about to be eaten alive by a mob of angry copyright holders.

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