August 14, 2008

Open Source Software - Impact On Music

John Markoff, "Ruling Is A Victory For Supporters Of Free Software", 8/13/08 New York Times.

Case: "We consider here the ability of a copyright holder to dedicate certain work to free public use and yet enforce an open source copyright license to control the future distribution and modification of that work. " Later, "Copyright holders who engage in open source licensing have the right to control the modification and distribution of copyrighted material."

On Open Source licenses, "Open source licensing has become a widely used method of creative collaboration that serves to advance the arts and sciences in a manner and at a pace that few could have imagined just a few decades ago. "

[Jacobson v. Katzer, No. 06-CV-1905 (Fed.Cir. Aug. 13, 2008)]

August 11, 2008

I Want Candy

Plaintiff alleges copyright infringement arising from defendant's use of plaintiff's original musical composition "I Want Candy".

Sony/ATV Songs LLCv.Chickdowntown; Chick LLC; Amy Reed; Does 1-20, No. CV-7076 *SDNY filed 8/8/2008)