Pre-1972 Songs Protected By State Laws, RIAA Tells Court

By Kevin Penton (June 23, 2016, 3:59 PM EDT) -- Even if remastered versions of musical tracks recorded before 1972 were to qualify for federal copyright protection as derivative works, a patchwork of copyright-like state laws would still apply to the songs, the Recording Industry Association of America argued in New York federal court on Wednesday.

Under the provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976, those seeking to play remastered versions of songs recorded before 1972 must obtain authorization for both the new and the original versions, argued the RIAA in an amicus brief it filed in a case in which song owners are suing CBS Corp. for not paying royalties...

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