laws are designed to give the exclusive right to copy and publish
ones own work and are under the juridiction of the Performing
Rights Organization. Therefore the copyright owner has the sole
right to duplicate or authorize the duplication of his work, and
distribute it. There are seven characteristics used to define
the Copyright Act. These include author, works, ownership, copies,
phonorecords, sound recordings and publication.
ramifications within the CD industry tend to be two fold. First
they must consider how individual rights affect the entire music
industry. Second they must also take into account copyright infringement,
specifically in the CD industry.
examples of these types of issues:
Music Research Council attempted to censor material that was
deemed to be pornographic or injurious to the nations
1986, Wal-mart refused to carry heavy metal recordings because
of inappropriate cover art and offensive messages.
1992, the music group 2 Live Crew was banned in the US because
of contraversial lyrics.
infringement of or by artists
or Covering: An artist must pay for permission to use part or
all of a song.
deep is your love": Ronald Selle sued the Bee Gee brothers for
an alleged infringement of this song. However, they were not
prosecuted because it was found that there was no way for the
Bee Gee brothers to have heard his version before creating their
of Piracy: With the advent of new technologies such as CD burners
and MP3, artists face the risk of having their work reproduced
and distributed without their permission.