How The Village People’s Cop Laid Down The Law

Law360, New York (June 13, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT) -- Thousands of musicians dream about the moment they will ink their first record deal. For the lucky few who break into the music industry, they are quickly ushered back to reality when, at the time of their “big break,” they realize they have little to no negotiating leverage — potentially resulting in one-sided transactions and a wholesale copyright assignment to a music publishing company.

The Opening (Copyright) Act

Recognizing this issue, the Copyright Act protects authors by allowing, under certain circumstances, an author to “recapture” his...
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