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Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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copyright, music, sound recordings, internet law and legislation


Intellectual Property Law | Internet Law | Law


This Article examines the status of copyright laws in several countries as they pertain to transmissions of music on the Internet. Because the exact legal ramifications of music transmissions over the Internet are currently unclear, the Author compares copyright laws of six major markets and examines the potential application of the copyright laws and other rights that may apply. The Article also discusses rules concerning which transborder transmissions are likely to be covered by a country's national laws, as well as specific rules applying to the liability of intermediaries. Next, the Article summarizes the comparative findings and discusses the relevant nuances that exist among the countries covered. Finally, the Article applies its findings to several real-life examples and details the practical impact of current and future copyright laws on the varying fact patterns.



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