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Music Copyright Law by Cheryl L. Slay, David J. Moser

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Chapter 1. What Is Copyright?

 

Music is such a tremendous proposition that it probably needs government supervision.... I also advocate much more rigid laws so thieves may get their just desserts. There are many who enjoy glory plus financial gain’s abundance, even in the millions, who should be digging ditches or sweeping the streets. Lack of proper protection causes this.[1]

 
 --Jelly Roll Morton (ragtime jazz pianist of the early twentieth century)

The quotation above by Jelly Roll Morton is from 1938. If Morton knew how much easier it is today to copy and use music without the author or copyright owner’s permission over the Internet and with digital technology, he would probably be rolling over in his grave. This quotation is a good starting ...

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