Music compilations and playlists have a common nucleus of an act of gathering songs and ordering them. Their selection and arrangement can be decisive of the success and therefore can be valuable. And here is where the legal issues about their ownership arise: Are music compilations and playlists protectable under the regime of Copyright Law? This article will discuss the legal and practical issues connected with that question. Thereby, it will consider the United States, Europe in general and also the United Kingdom and Germany in particular. The individual legal systems and statutes will be analyzed, as well as the comprehensive jurisprudence. Finally, the most recent developments in the matter will be discussed.
Marc A. Fritzsche,
Copyrightability of Music Compilations and Playlists: Original and Creative Works of Authorship?,
6 Pace. Intell. Prop. Sports & Ent. L.F.
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