Arent Fox Partner Paul Fakler Quoted by BuzzFeed about the Copyright Infringement of Musical Compositions
Arent Fox partner Paul Fakler was quoted by BuzzFeed about the key issues regarding the copyright infringement of musical compositions.
In the article, titled “Here’s What Makes A Song A Ripoff, According To The Law,” Paul discusses how creative expression is protected under copyright law and copyright infringement disputes are usually settled out of court. However, if there is a trial, “to prove guilt, the plaintiff must only demonstrate that the defendant had access to the allegedly infringed song, and that the two songs in question have substantial similarity.” The common defense strategies that are used in court are also identified in the article. In addition, “copyright forces us to ask tough questions about the true nature of creativity, community, and commerce” and Paul describes how “nothing is completely original.”
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