CBS Argues Remastered Versions of Old Songs Original Enough to Be Copyrighted 

After CBS Radio was accused of misappropriating dozens of pre-1972 songs, the defendant insisted it was not playing pre-1972 songs. What it was actually doing, maintained CBS, was playing the CDs that contained the later remastered versions. And those versions were subject to copyright with only a limited public performance right for the digital use.

Source: CBS Argues Remastered Versions of Old Songs Original Enough to Be Copyrighted – Hollywood Reporter

Blindsided in Marrakesh

Hadn’t yet seen this when I was writing the previous post (h/t reader JB) but it certainly speaks to why the MPAA might be looking to bolster its connections with U.S. trade authorities and the Obama Administration. The studio group had worked hard to limit the scope of the WIPO treaty on copyright exceptions for works for the blind, pressing U.S. negotiators to keep references to “fair use” out of treaty. Yet no sooner had negotiators concluded a deal that included that language anyway,then the U.S. State Department put out a statement endorsing the treaty and vowing to move swiftly for its ratification: Read More »