Music Copyright License Lessons From The Jazz Age

Law360 (February 3, 2020, 6:01 PM EST) -- This article is excerpted and adapted from the new book "Adventures of a Jazz Age Lawyer: Nathan Burkan and the Making of American Popular Culture."

In the final days of the 2010s, internet service provider Cox Communications Inc. was hit with a $1 billion jury verdict in a copyright infringement case brought by more than 50 music publishers arising out of Cox's failure to police downloading of music by its subscribers. A few weeks earlier, more than two dozen publishers had filed an amended complaint against Peloton Interactive LLC seeking more than $300 million in damages for its failure to obtain...

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