The purpose of this project is to make universally available information about music copyright infringement cases from the mid-nineteenth century forward.  The Purpose page gives a thumbnail description of each area of the project's resources.

Robert Brauneis (George Washington University Law School) and Charles Cronin (USC Law School) completed law review articles examining how audio technologies have affected the creation of popular music, and the copyright implications of this influence.  Here are copies of both articles, which will be published in print in 2015 in the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property and the Hastings Law Journal, respectively:


Robert Brauneis, Musical Work Copyright for the Era of Digital Sound Technology: Looking Beyond Composition and Performance

Charles Cronin, I Hear America Suing: Music Copyright Infringement in the Era of Recorded Sound

To readers using Macintosh computers: The audio and video materials on this site are encoded as Windows Media files (wma). We plan to convert these files to MP3 format to make them more readily accessible on both PC and Mac platforms.  Meanwhile, you should be able to play the wma files by using the VCL media player that can be downloaded without charge.




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