Category Archives: Music

A De Minimis Victory in Hip Hop

Long story short: unauthorized sampling in hip hop has been illegal since 1991 when a district court ruled that sampling constituted copyright infringement no matter how small the sample (Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records Inc.).  This ruling was reaffirmed in 2005 by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films. […]

Amazon Cloud Drive, It’s Kinda Like a Big Deal – Part 2

Last week we wrote about Amazon’s bold new Cloud Drive service (read part 1 here). In Part 2 of this short series we’ll look at the legal challenges that the music industry will likely mount. First-Sale Doctrine To briefly recap, Amazon’s Cloud Player allows users to store their music in the cloud where they can […]

Amazon Cloud Drive, It’s Kinda Like a Big Deal – Part 1

Early last week Amazon launched a new online music service called Cloud Drive. At first glance Cloud Drive seems to be like any other online storage/backup system. Its features look very similar to Dropbox, a place where you can store your personal files for security and convenience as well as retrieve them from any internet connected computer. Amazon’s Cloud […]