Reading for Professor Samuelson’s Copyright Law Class: October 21 Make-Up Session

The October 21 class session will address the peculiar legal and policy issues implicated by sound recordings made before 1972.  Key topics and themes will include the role of incentives for innovation in a copyright regime covering solely works that already exist; justifications, if any, for the disparate treatment under federal law of digital and analog broadcasts; and an overview of the current tidal wave of litigation over pre-1972 sound recordings. Readings are as follows (with links to the texts highlighted in blue):