Music Copyright Infringement Project

Something interesting turned up in ye olde’ email inbox. Did you know that there is an online music copyright infringement archive? Well there is. Are you not entirely sure what that means? Remember when Vanilla Ice spent time telling us that his “Dun dun dun dun dun dun dun” wasn’t like Queen and David Bowie’s “Dun dun dun dun dun dun dun”? That was a music copyright infringement case, and now I learned there is an archive online dedicated to preserving that legacy!

This archive I didn’t know existed just moved to the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. According to the press release, “USC Gould is honored to sponsor the Music Copyright Infringement Project,” said Jonathan Barnett, academic director of USC Gould’s Entertainment and Media Law Program. “This is an absolute treasure trove and further cements our reputation in entertainment and intellectual property law.”

Obviously this is an important tool for those studying musical copyright law, or music history, but it is also looking like a great place for music nuts like me! The press release says, “The project offers complete summaries of famous and under-the-radar music copyright infringement cases dating back to 1845, including claims leveled against Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, George Harrison and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The multimedia collection allows visitors to play disputed songs to hear similarities – or dissimilarities – for themselves. They may also compare music scores of disputed works, and view clips of films, television shows, and advertisements at the center of lawsuits.”

You can visit the site at http://mcir.usc.edu/.