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A ruling by a California district court has effectively presented broadcasters with a way of bypassing the need for permission to publicly perform older musical works.


  • The court decided that remastered works of older recordings are entitled to copyright protection under federal law and so can be broadcast without the permission of the sound recording rights holder.

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  • Details the latest ruling by a California district court on the contentious issue of copyright on pre-1972 sound recordings.
  • Explains why the court ruled that the remastering of a recording creates a new recording.

Key questions answered

  • Why did the court rule that the remastering of a recording creates a new recording?
  • What are the implications of the ruling?

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  • Summary
  • The most famous date in US copyright law
  • Disagreements on the extent of change
  • Remastering resets the copyright clock


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