Meeting of the Minds

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

Leigh F. Gill,Heather R. Liberman, and Gregory S. Stein

©2014. Published in Landslide, Vol. 6, No. 6, July/August 2014, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

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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