Meeting of the Minds—Time to Face the Music: Current State and Federal Copyright Law Issues with Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

Vol. 6 No. 6

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Leigh F. Gill is an attorney at Immix Law Group P.C. in Portland, Oregon, who came to the law after a dozen years in software development. His practice focuses on trademark and copyright, particularly for technology start-ups. Heather R. Liberman is an associate at Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in entertainment, copyright, and trademark law. Gregory S. Stein is a licensing associate at Tulane University’s Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Development Office in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and focuses on intellectual property law, licensing, and start-up companies.

On January 24, 1972, Michael Jackson released his debut solo album with Motown Records, “Got to Be There.” Seven months later, on August 4, 1972, Jackson released his second solo album, “Ben.” What is the biggest difference between these two albums? Federal copyright protection is only available for “Ben.”

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