It’s illegal in the UK to copy music again

You’re probably not aware, but copying music CDs onto your computer, or making copies of your digital music files, is now illegal under UK law.

Earlier in the year a High Court decision overturned legislative changes that made it legal to copy CDs or download tracks from iTunes, and despite the Government’s efforts they have failed to overturn the decision.

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Happy Birthday song

A US judge has told the company collecting royalties to “Happy Birthday to You” that it does not a valid copyright to the song.

The tune was composed by two Kentucky sisters in 1893, who called their version, Good Morning To All, which later evolved into version that is now sung at birthday parties around the globe. The copyright was acquired by Warner/Chappell in 1988.

The judge has ruled that the original copyright was only granted for the song, not for the arrangements of the music. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out!

For more information click on this link.

 

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Pharrell’s not so Happy!

On 11th March 2015, it was announced that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke lost the copyright case against them with the jury deciding that their hit, Blurred Lines copied music from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit Got to Give It Up. The courts awarded damages to the Gaye family of around $7.4M.

Find out more about the case and listen to the songs yourself at this link:  http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/10/blurred-lines-pharrell-robin-thicke-copied-marvin-gaye

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