October 2019 Archives

Dollywood in copyright law lawsuit

Music artists in New York and around the nation often dream of creating a classic song that people will love for generations to come. Those who have achieved such a feat not only feel a sense of accomplishment, they often take comfort in knowing that their artistic contribution can generate income for themselves and their loved ones. If another person or entity uses that song without the artist's permission, it is considered a violation of copyright law. This is because the entity may use the song in a way that the artist doesn't approve of or that the entity will profit off of the song without properly compensating the artist. This is the current predicament of the theme park Dollywood, as it fights allegations that it used a Christmas song without permission from the songwriters.

Understand how music copyrights work

A copyright is an important protection for the person who creates a work of art. This work, in some cases, may be a new song, jingle or musical selection. For a work to be copyrightable, it needs to be in tangible form. That means that you can't just imagine a song and expect it to be copyrighted. Instead, you should record it with the date and time or apply for a copyright.

Copyright law claim: Screenwriter says his script was stolen

When artists create a piece of art, it is often precious to them. They are generally careful to protect their works and ideas so that other people cannot steal them and profit from them without proper compensation to the artist. Unfortunately, many New York artists still have their creations taken from them. Copyright law exists to offer artists a means of protecting themselves by taking action against those who may try to use their work without permission. This is what courts will consider in a suit that a screenwriter filed against several entities and people that he claims stole parts of his script that eventually appeared in a recent feature film.


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